There are many tournaments and other events held around the UK. Often these are run by clubs and are coordinated by the BGA. The BGA itself runs the national British Go Championship, Pair Go Championship, Junior events such as the UK Go Challenge and other tournaments. In addition there are team events, teaching events and activities such as the Shodan Challenge, lectures and pro visits, and promotional events such as National Go Week. Sometimes the UK hosts top events such as the European Go Championship or a game of the Kisei title match.
The rules of Go used in BGA tournaments and championships can be seen here.
There are more than 30 open tournaments each year in the UK. They have different formats, styles and locations. Date and tournament information is published on our Tournament Calendar. We also have a list of all our current tournaments.
The top players in each event compete for points in the Stacey Grand Prix.
If you're thinking of entering your very first face-to-face tournament then we have some advice for you.
As well as the individual events there are some team events held. Often an individual tournament will award a prize for the team or club with the best results. We have a list of team and Grand Prix winners.
The BGA League Tournament is held online.
The BGA also fields a team in the Pandanet Go European Team Championship.
The BGA organises an annual multi-stage British Championship. This ends with a best of three title match between the top two players. It is usually broadcast live online, often with pro commentary.
The BGA awards trophies for this and several other Championships including the British Open, British Lightning, British Small Board, British Pair Go, British Pair Go Handicap, British Open Team, Online League and Stacey Grand Prix.
Pair Go is the mixed doubles of the Go world. An annual championship is held every year; it is a very unique and social event held within the spirit of Pair Go.
From time to time we get professional player visits the UK. They perform teaching at a tournament or at a variety of clubs. In addition there is an online teaching presence by various pros. Sometimes professionals visit as part of a top pro title game.
The BGA is asked to nominate official representatives for various international tournaments, such as the World Amateur Go Championship and the International Amateur Pair Go Championship, and also for some top European events. In some cases a points system is operated for deciding who receives the nominations.
The 1st World Mind Sports Games were held in Beijing, China from 3rd to 18th October 2008. The event was instigated by the International Mind Sports Association (IMSA) and received great support from the Chinese government and sports bodies. We sent a team of 18 players to take part.
The second WMSG was held in Lille in 2012, with a UK team of 17 players.