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The title match is the best of three games; until 2010 it was best of five (apart from 1974 when it was a single game).
More detail is available from the British Championship pages
A 6 round McMahon tournament held on Saturday and Sunday of the British Go Congress.
[BGA AGM and tournament dinner on the Saturday evening. ]
One of the oldest events in the UK, this event was for many years run by Bristol club in the town hall in Marlborough in Wiltshire, a location chosen to easy driving in pre-motorway days. It then moved to Keynsham before settling down in Bath, with that club taking over running it.
Now a 3 round McMahon, but formerly 4 rounds, taking advantage of the extra hour of its traditional date, the Sunday summer time ends.
The trophy was presented by Robnor Paints of Stratton St Margaret.
|Richard Hunter||Bath Go Club|
|Lukas Kraemer||London Open Go Congress|
The Northern was originally a two day event with accommodation at one of the Manchester University halls of residence. It was a European Grand Prix event in 1993 and 1994 instead of London. It then was part of the MSO from 2003, when that was held in Manchester, and has since become a 3 round McMahon and is now held in Stockport.
The prize is the Red Rose Trophy.
This fast-play event is run at the British Go Congress, usually on the Friday evening. Nowadays it is usually played with handicaps. It was originally a free-standing event.
This tournament is part of the British Championship and is held to select the two players who will compete in the British Championship title match. Until 2005 it selected one challenger who played the reigning champion.
Players compete in the Candidates' Tournament for places in the League.
It incorporated the Candidates' Tournament between 1979 and 1982.
This originated as the Cambridge Tournament, but it was renamed in 1977 in honour of Nicolaus Trigantius, a monk who travelled to China in the 17th Century and wrote about Go.
A 3 Round McMahon tournament, still held in Cambridge.
In order to play, players must be British (or long-term residents), active in tournaments and of a certainly level. In the past shodan and kyu players had to earn places at tournaments, but now players are selected by rating.
3 round McMahon tournament run by Bracknell Go Club, but nowadays held in Wokingham and no longer in Bracknell itself. The first few tournaments were held in the Bracknell premises of ICL.
The Clive Hendrie Memorial Trophy was instigated in 2010 in memory of Clive Hendrie, long time organiser of the tournament.
|London Open Lightning||December||1979||
Part of London Open, the Lightning Tournament is held on one of the evenings.
|Yuanbo Zhang||London Open|
|British Small Board||1980||
Run by any club on behalf of the BGA.
Cambridge ran the 2011 edition early in 2012.
Early events were called the Edinburgh tournament and subsequently developed into the two-day Scottish Open. After several years in Edinburgh, it moved to Glasgow, before moving via Aberdeen to Dundee. From 2013 it returns to Glasgow.
3 round McMahon tournament. Run first 1983 and restarted by a different organiser in the 1990s. Held in 2002 to celebrate the Golden Jubilee and restarted in 2013.
|Andrew Simons||2013 Birmingham Tournament|
The Nottingham Tournament was held at the University six times in the 1980s, but it was not held between 1989 and 2009. In 2010 the Nottingham University Go Society restarted the event for three more years.
|Sin Voon Chin|
The Oxford Tournament's roots go back to the 1960s, but the current series started in 1983. It has been held in various colleges, and Freud's Cafe, but the venue for most recent years has been St Edmund Hall.
|Li Shen||Oxford 2013|
Started by Brian Timmins in Crewe in January 1984, from 1987 it was held later in the year because of the British Go Congress in Crewe in 1986. Brian then moved his tournament to Shrewsbury and the Cheshire lapsed for 15 years.
It restarted in February 2001 with an Open section (top 8 players) and a Handicap section (rest).
The Crewe factory canteen of Rolls-Royce proved a good venue, though the Go players had to be a lot quieter than they were used to and bring heaters if cold. In 2005 Bentley, as they were by then, were not able to make the canteen available, so an emergency venue for the Go was found at Ashdene Primary School in Wilmslow, thanks to a Go player who lived next door who was friends with the headmaster and whose Go-playing son attended.
In 2006 the Chess found a new venue at the Community Centre in Frodsham, thanks to local player Pat Ridley. Go joined them in a side room, which was better as we didn't have to be so quiet, and has been there ever since.
In 2009 the British Go Congress was being held in Chester, so the tournament was replaced by a teaching day, the Cheshire titles being awarded based on results at the Congress....
|British Youth Championship||March||1984||
Youth titles at U8, U10, U12, U14, U16 and U18 will be contested, in addition to the titles of overall British Youth Champion and British Schools Team Champions. A mixture of even and handicap games. Beginners and those new to the game will be made particularly welcome.
The trophy was presented by the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper.
|Tian Ren Chen||Youth Champions|
|Thames Valley Team Trophy||April||1985||
A team event for clubs located in the tideless part of the Thames Valley. It was a League until 1993 and has been a one day tournament on Easter Monday since then (often known by lots of Ts, eg TTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT).
Note the Broken Go Stone Trophy is not the original broken stone as it got broken.
|Nippon Club Cup||April||1986||
Awarded to the Club team with the best percentage in the British Open at the British Go Congress.
Midlands Tournament in 1988 and then Coventry Tournament until 2002 and from 2008, Leamington from 2003 to 2006.
3 rounds McMahon, held at the University of Warwick.
|Andrew Simons||Warwick Go Society|
Originally held in a hall in Wolverton, the Milton Keynes Tournament has made its home at the Open University. Various different buildings on the campus have been used. It is a 3 round McMahon.
When Brian Timmins moved from Cheshire to Shropshire he started the Shrewsbury Tournament, it being held in the riverside Gateway Centre. It has sinced had a couple of changes of organiser and has now become the Shropshire Tournament, held in the Memorial Hall in Hinstock.
|Terry Stacey Grand Prix||1990||
This is not a specific tournament, but runs throughout the year.
All players score a point for every game won in UK tournaments in games played above the McMahon bar. The year ends at the British Go Congress, where the trophy in memory of Terry Stacey is presented.
|Andrew Simons||Web page|
|Isle of Man Afternoon||August||1991||
This tournament is part of the Isle of Man Go Week. It is held over 3 afternoons and is a 3 round McMahon.
|Isle of Man Open||August||1991||
Held alternate years:
|Isle of Man 13×13||August||1991||
Part of the Isle of Man Go Week, played one evening.
|Isle of Man Lightning||August||1991||
This tournament is part of the Isle of Man Go Week. It is usually run self paired, followed by a final between the best two players.
|British Pair Go||June||1991||
The British Pair Go Championship is for male and female pairs, who cannot converse during the games, as is the normal Pair Go convention.
It is always held in a pleasant hotel, nowadays in a hotel in the Oxfordshire countryside. There is always a buffet lunch and prizes for most, including the Best Dressed Pair prize.
The top eight rated British pairs play for the championship, whilst others play in a handicap section. The top section players also play for points to allow them to represent the UK in both the European and International Amateur Pair Go Championships.
The pair of trophies was donated by the Japanese Pair Go Association and are inscribed "Pair Go Champions in England". The trophies for the handicap section are a pair of Pair Go Bowls donated by the Japanese Pair Go Association.
|Natasha Regan & Matthew Cocke||Pair Go|
A 3-round McMahon tournament sponsored by and held at Hitachi Europe's headquarters.
It was called the Furze Platt Tournament until 2010.
|London International Teams||October||1992||
This is a twice yearly team match held in London, where teams compete for a trophy donated by Yukata Kobayashi. In recent years there has also been a second division of teams.
At the first event, National Power was sponsor and provided the venue. After a few years at a social club, the event is now held in the Even Swindon Committee Centre. It is a 3 round McMahon.
|Bei Ge||Swindon Go Club|
Originally held in The Marton Arms in Thornton in Lonsdale, which was then owned by Go player Tim Hazleden. It continued for several years there after Tim's tragic death and raised money for local charities. Eventually it had to find a new location and moved via another pub, which closed shortly thereafter, to the Commodore Inn in Grange-over-Sands.
A 5 round McMahon held over a weekend in November.
|Isle of Man Handicap||August||1993||
This tournament is part of the Isle of Man Go Week. It is played over two afternoons, with increased handicap on the Manx system.
Apart from the first year, which was 3 rounds on one day, this is a 5-round McMahon tournament held over a weekend in June. It has always been held in the West Wales seaside resort of Barmouth.
|Isle of Man Pair Go||August||1993||
This tournament is part of the Isle of Man Go Week and is officially called the Rengo tournament as it can be played by any doubles partnership.
|Oscar Selby & Matthew Cocke|
|Youth Grand Prix||1993||
This runs throughout the year and is not a specific tournament. Junior players score points for each tournament they enter, with additional points being scored for each game that they win.
The top three players at the end of the year hold the trophies for a year and receive a winners' certificate plus a cash prize, presented at the British Youth Go Championship. Cash prizes of £50, £30 and £20 are provided from a fund set up in memory of John Rickard, 4 dan.
The rules are:
|Edmund Smith||Youth GP|
Part of the Irish Go Congress, played on the Friday evening before the Open. Time limits get shorter each round.
Held in Cambridge. Open only to kyu-graded players. It has often been part of a Cambridge Mind Sports weekend.
|Irish Open (Confucius Cup)||March||1997||
The Irish Open is the main tournament of the Irish Go Congress in Dublin. It is often part of the European Grand Prix. It has been called the Confucius Cup since 2012.
|Csaba Mero||Irish Open|
This is the small board tournament that is part of the Mind Sports Olympiad, held each August in London.
This is main open event at the Mind Sports Olympiad (MSO) in London each August.
|British Pair Go Handicap||June||1998||
Part of the British Pair Go Championship, for those not in the top 8 pairs.
|Helen Harvey & Martin Harvey|
3 round McMahon held in Penzance.
It replaced the Devon tournament, using the same trophy now known as the "Devon and Cornwall Go Stone".
Normally held the day before the main Cornwall tournament
The Handicap section played over 5 rounds alongside the Cheshire Open.
|London Open Pair Go||December||2002||
Part of London Open, the Pair Go Tournament is held on one of the evenings.
|Guo Juan & Claude Brisson||London Open|
Scottish nationals or residents can qualify for the Scottish Championship at various events in Scotland and the UK. Four players play a knockout to determine the champion, games often being played online to avoid travel.
Usually held over a weekend in one of the buildings of Durham University.
In 2012 it was held on just one day as the British Go Congress was in Durham that year.
|UK Go Challenge Finals||June||2004||
Based on the UK Chess Challenge, the UK Go Challenge is for schools and junior players. Heats are run in schools, with an overall Final which can be also attended by junior players who did not play in a heat. See ukgochallenge.com.
|Adan Mordcovich||Go Challenge|
It is a 3 round McMahon tournament and usually held at the East Midlands Space Centre in Leicester.
It replaced the Leicester Tournament.
5 round McMahon run by Belfast Go Club. In 1992 the club also ran its own event.
|Laurens Spijker||Belfast Go Club|
A tournament of 5 rounds, held in Galway in Ireland.
|Kim Ouweleen||Galway Club|
A tournament held over a weekend, at UCC in Cork, Ireland.
3-round McMahon Tournament, held in Arundel in Sussex.
This is held (weather permitting) in December and replaced the Scottish Bar-Low.
|BGA Online League (Team)||2009||
Our League Tournament is designed to be played mainly over the Internet. The purpose is to encourage interaction between players in different areas of the country and to encourage online play amongst members of the BGA.
An Individual League ran from January 2011 to October 2012.
This is held alternative years in the Tongadale Hotel in Portree. It is a 6 round McMahon, held over a weekend in March.
|Welwyn Garden City||March||2011||
A 3-round McMahon held in the Welwyn Garden City Bridge Club room at Gosling Stadium in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire.
|Michael Webster||Welwyn 2013|
A 3 round McMahon, held in the City of London.
|Andrew Kay||London City Go Club|
|DDK Grand Prix||2012||
This runs throughout the year, with Double Digit Kyu players scoring points for each of our tournaments entered, with more points for each game won.
At the end of the year the top player in the 10 - 19 kyu range and the top player in the 20+ kyu range each receive a prize, presented at a tournament early the following year. Prizes are vouchers for the Guo Juan Internet Go School.
The full rules are: