Oxford Go Tournament - Saturday 18th May 2019

Tournament Name: 
Oxford Go Tournament 2019
Tournament Date: 
18 May 2019

Recent Updates

Registration Stats: There are currently 8 dan players registered with a total dan count of 26. See the list of registered players here.

Prizes: there is a wide range of prizes for the main tournament, the 9x9 tournament and more youth prizes. See here.

Supper: Afterwards (start at 6.30) there will be the Simon Eve Memorial Supper


The 2019 Oxford Go Tournament will be the first one to be organised after the 2013 tournament (see the news report). The Oxford tournament is second in size only to the London Open, and has attracted the largest number of UK-based players in any tournament for several years. In the last edition, there were 92 players from all over the UK, and of all strengths from 5 dan to 40 kyu.

Organised by Oxford Student Go Society, with the help of Oxford City Go Club, and the support of the British Go Association.

This year, the tounament will take place at the Oxford Deaf and Hard of Hearing Centre; a large space in the heart of the city, close to the transportation nodes and the Westgate shopping centre.

Our sponsors are, as usual, Hoyle's Games, a games shop on High Street in Oxford and Smart Go Inc., which helps Go players study the game, with apps for iPhone, iPad, Macintosh, and Windows. Please get in touch if you would like to sponsor our tournament as well.

Not played in a Go tournament before?

If you have not played in a Go tournament before, you may find some of the details below unclear/confusing. Do not worry – it is simpler than it seems. There is some general advice to people going to their first tournament. But, in any case please feel free to contact the organiser with any questions, and ask for help/advice on the day itself.

Spectators Welcome – see Format for schedule details


Registration – see below


Saturday, 18th May 2019


This year, the tounament will take place at the Oxford Deaf and Hard of Hearing Centre; a large space in the heart of the city, close to the transportation nodes and the Westgate shopping centre. The address is:
Oxford Deaf and Hard of Hearing Centre
Littlegate Street

Getting there; Parking

The venue is 5 minutes walk away from St. Aldates, 10 minutes from Gloucester Green bus station and 15 from the rail station.

Car parking nearby is not practicable, so car drivers are strongly advised to use the Oxford Park-and-Ride system, and find their way to the St. Aldates stop.

There are specialised maps of Oxford from Daily Information, and information on the expensive Council-run car parks.

If you have any further questions about travel to/from the tournament, please contact the tournament organiser (details at the bottom of this page).


There will be a Main Tournament, and an extra, optional, 9x9 Tournament, to be held in parallel.

Main Tournament

The Main tournament will be a normal 3 round McMahon tournament, with a main time limit of 50 minutes, plus Canadian overtime of 30 stones in 5 minutes. The schedule is as follows:

9:00 - 9:45 Registration
9:50 - 10:00 Announcements in Main Hall
10:00 - 12:15First Round
12:59 - 1:00Announcements in Main Hall
1:00 - 3:00Second Round
3:13 - 3:15Announcements in Main Hall
3:15 - 5:30Third Round
5:45 - 6:00Prize giving, in the Main Hall
6.15Assemble at Deaf Centre to go to Supper (Optional)
6.30Simon Eve Memorial Supper at Thai Street Kitchen

Komi for this event will be 7.5 points.

The rules are the BGA Official Tournament rules of play (8 page PDF). There is a 2-page AGA Rules Summary, and a single-page Short Guide.

The top prizes will once again be provided by our generous sponsor, Hoyle's, who are providing the Shop.

The 9x9 Tournament

All players can also choose to play extra games in the 9x9 tournament, in between the rounds of the main tournament. You can play as many extra (9x9) games as you want.

There are extra prizes for players in this tournament, but there is no extra charge for taking part!

You play self-paired games against anyone else who has time available. Because we have to work to a tight schedule, in these extra games there will be no overtime (if your flag falls first, you lose!). The maximum time allowed must be less than the time left to the start of the next round of the Main Tournament. To qualify for prizes, the minimum clock time will be 5 minutes each.

The prizes in the Novices Tournament, are independent of, and in addition to, normal prizes in the Main Tournament.


Tea and coffee, with biscuits, will be freely available throughout the day. There are plenty of cafes, pubs, and sandwich shops within a few minutes walk of the tournament. Alternatively, you are welcome to bring your own food.


The cost for the event is:

Standard (British or overseas Go associations, first tournament players):£8.50
Concessions (student, youth, unwaged, etc.): £6.00
Non-[BGA/overseas] members (Adults):£3.50 extra, or join the BGA!
Late Entry (after 14th May 2019):£3.50 extra

Registration – see below


Our sponsors, Hoyle's, who have their boardgames shop on High Street, will be running a stall. They will be selling a wide range of books and equipment, at BGA-discounted prices. If you place an order at the tournament, or very shortly afterwards, you should get a substantial discount.


There will be a limited amount of accommodation available on Friday (17th May) and Saturday (18th May) night. We expect to have several beds as well as some floor space. Availability is dependent on local players offering their homes. Preference will be given to those coming from furthest away, and then to those who "book" early. You should tell us what you want using the online booking form.

Warning: you will not have fully reserved accommodation, unless you have received a written confirmation by email from your own host! As well as filling in the online form, we suggest that you send a separate email, to discuss your needs, to the organiser – see below.

Team Competition/Prize

There will be a Team Prize. Teams consist of groups of 3, or more, players – maybe from the same club, or family; "people called Chris"; whatever! Clubs are allowed only one team. [For mathematicians/logicians] Only one team per player! "Captains": you must register all members of your team before Round 1. Qualifying games are from the Main Tournament only. Before the start of Round 3, each team captain must tell the organiser of all games played between members of their team – these games will be ignored. The prize will be awarded to the team with the highest win percentage. In the event of a draw, the winner will be decided by standings after Round 2, and if that is not decisive then standings after Round 1, and if that fails the prize will be shared equally between those then remaining in contention.

Simon Eve Memorial Supper

After the tournament (6.30 pm onwards) we will have a meal at the Thai Street Kitchen in the City Centre. You can find the menu, and full details, here. Please register for the meal ASAP – see the web-page – providing your menu choices well in advance will very much help with the booking. Thank you


  • Again, our chief sponsor is Hoyle's Games, High Street, Oxford – a minute's walk from the venue! They also have an online shop, well-stocked with Go books, and equipment. Hoyle's are sponsoring 5 of the prizes in the Main tournament.
  • This year, for the second time, we are also being sponsored by Anders Kierulf of Smart Go (Software for the Game of Go). They are giving us copies of their SmartGo Kifu App for iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch, which (as well as being a game-player, pro-game database with pattern-search and guess-next-move, editor, etc) has an amazing feature which automatically converts any commented SGF game-record to a book, with interactive diagrams – write your own book! They are also donating copies of their Go-playing SmartGo Player App for desktop (Windows and Mac).

If you would like to sponsor the tournament or a specific prize, please get in touch with the organisers.


If you are (say) a 15-35 kyu, aged 17, and play well, you could end up not only with a gift, but with up to 3+ prizes – best Under 18, and prizes from both the Main, and the 9x9 tournaments, in addition to your (small) share of a team prize! The prize pool, from which winners can select a prize in addition to the credit notes, consists of

  • 3 Copies of SmartGo for Desktop: a great tool to play, study and record your games
  • 3 Copies of SmartGo Kifu for Ipad or iPhone: a great tool to play, study and record your games
  • Almost new copy of "Invincible: The Games of Shusaku" by John Power: Shusaku (aka the 'Saint of Go')was the leading player of the golden age of go in the mid-19th century. John Power has edited and translated many Go books from Japanese. He has worked until recently for the Japanese Go Association and he is currently the Japan correspondent of the American Go Association.

There will be prizes for the following:

Main Tournament

The credit notes can be spent, on the day (or perhaps shortly thereafter), at the Hoyle's stall. If you have bought something from them before the prize-giving, you will be able to get the appropriate cash refund.

  • 1st prize: £25 credit note
  • 2nd prize: £15 credit note
  • 3 wins: £10 credit note

9x9 Tournament

  • 1st prize: 1st choice from Pool
  • 2nd prize: 2nd choice from Pool
  • 3rd prize: 3rd choice from Pool

Other Prizes

Additional prizes will be given to youth players and to the best team.

Registration – How to Enter

To register for the tournament, please fill in the online form (opens in separate window/tab). Using the online form is a great help to the organisers.
Register by May 14th 2019 to avoid paying the late registration surcharge – thank you. We do not accept payment in advance; all payment, preferably in cash, must be made on the day. Assuming that we are not already fully booked, it is possible to register on the day, but then you will also incur the £3.50 late entry fee.

Registered Players

See current registered players here.

Free Entry Draw

Tournament organisers appreciate those who enter early, so ...
... if you are prepared to have your entry published in the list of entrants, you will get a chance to enter the tournament for free. If you enter on, or before, March 26th 2019, you will get 50 tickets in the draw. On March 27th, 49 tickets, and so on, until Tuesday May 14th 2019, when you will get only one ticket. All tickets will be entered into a draw. The single winner will get free entry!

Contact Information

For more information contact:

Organiser: Temitope Ajileye
Email: oxfordgotournament@gmail.com
Phone: + 44 7598178129

Last updated Mon May 06 2019. If you have any comments, please email the webmaster on web-master AT britgo DOT org.