Archive: Past Go Events in the UK 2015

2016 events - 2014 events



Saturday 24th January. Hitachi Europe Head Office at Whitebrook Park, Lower Cookham Road, Maidenhead 3-round McMahon tournament. Time limit 60 minutes with increasing overtime (10/5, 20/5 etc). Flexible komi with players bidding to play black. Buffet lunch available. Registration by 9:45. Prize giving by 19:00. Contact Iain Attwell 01628 676792 wintergarden at A BK


Sunday Evening Lecture

Sunday 1st February at 19:30. Lecture to be given by Matthew Cocke in the British Room on KGS.

Irish Go Congress

Friday 6th February to Sunday 8th February. Gresham Hotel, 23 Upper O’Connell Street, Dublin, Ireland. Friday from 19:00 Irish Rapid Play. Saturday and Sunday: Confucius Cup (Irish Open) 5 round McMahon tournament. Time limit 60 minutes with 15/5 overtime. First prize 500 euro. Registration from 09:00 - 10:00 Saturday. Prize giving 16:30 Sunday. Also parallel Chinese Chess Tournament. Contact Rory Wales rorywales at A


Saturday 7th February. Frodsham Community Centre, Fluin Lane, Frodsham, Cheshire, WA6 7QN. New Format: 3-round McMahon for all players. Time limits 60 mins with increasing overtime. Registration by 10:30. Prize-giving by 18:30. Contact Tony Pitchford 07870893153 cheshire at B

Sunday Evening Lecture

Sunday 15th February at 19:30. Lecture to be given by Toby Manning on "Ko" in the British Room on KGS.


Sunday Evening Lecture

Sunday 1st March at 19:30. Lecture to be given by Tim Hunt "Estimating the score to help you win" in the British Room on KGS.


Saturday 7th March. Cambridge University Social Club, Mill Lane, Cambridge CB2 1RX. 3 Round McMahon tournament. Time limit 60 minutes, with variable increasing overtime. Registration by 10:30. Prize-giving 19:15. Contact Geoff Kaniuk geoff at kaniuk dot co dot uk. A

British Go Congress

Friday 27th - Sunday 29th March. Prince Rupert Hotel, Butcher Row, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY1 1UQ Sponsored by Pentangle Puzzles and Games. Teaching from 14:00 on the Friday with Chi-Min Oh 7d, who will also be available for commentaries thoughout the event. Friday evening 19:30 the British Lightning. Saturday and Sunday the British Open (6-round McMahon). Prize giving now 18:15 (BST). BGA AGM 19:00 Saturday evening, then tournament dinner. Contact britishopen at B SC

There will be no lecture on KGS on the 29th as it coincides with the end of the British Go Congress.


Welwyn Garden City

Saturday 18th April. Red Lion, 88 Great North Road, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL9 5EU Registration by 09:25. Prize giving by 17:00. 4-round McMahon tournament. Time limit 45 minutes with no overtime. Sorry, buffet lunch no longer available. Contact John Collins jmc at C


Saturday 25th April - Sunday 26th April. St Mary's College, St Mary's Road, Galway City, Ireland. 5 round Swiss. 60 minutes with 30 second byoyomi (5 times). Registration by 10:30 Saturday. Prize-giving 17:00 Sunday. Contact Philippe Renaut renaut.el at A


Candidates' Tournament

Saturday 2nd May to Monday 4th May. The Fulbourn Centre, 31 Home End, Fulbourn, Cambridge CB21 5BS. For qualifiers only (all British players who are members of the BGA with rating above 1899 from a tournament April 2014 - March 2015 in which you have played all games). You can check online if you may qualify. 6-round Swiss tournament. 90 minutes time limit, with 20 moves in 5 minutes overtime. If you wish to enter (the British Championship entry fee is £30), please follow the entry instructions. Contact Geoff Kaniuk geoff at kaniuk dot co dot uk A BC SC


Sunday 3rd May. Junior Parlour, Whewell's Court, Trinity Street, Cambridge CB2 1TQ. 5 round McMahon tournament for kyu players only. Registration by 09:45. Prizes at 17:50. Contact Jonathan Green at C

FestivalAsia Exhibition

Friday 15th - Sunday 17th May. Tobacco Dock, London E1W 2SF. Exhibition showcasing over 150 organisations displaying many aspects of Asian culture. The BGA will be making a presentation in the 'Cultural Room' as well as hosting a stand.


Sunday 17th May. Woosehill Community Centre, Emmview Close, Wokingham, RG41 3DA. 3 round McMahon tournament. 60 minutes time limit with 30 moves in 5 minutes overtime. Registration by 10:00. Prizegiving 18:45. Contact Ian Marsh 01344 422296 bracknell at B

Challengers' League

Saturday 23rd May to Tuesday 26th May The Goddard Arms, 1 High Street, Swindon, SN1 3EG. For qualifiers from the Candidates' Tournament only. A BC

Scottish Open

Saturday 30th May - Sunday 31st May. Gilchrist Postgraduate Club, University of Glasgow, University Avenue, Glasgow G12 8QQ 6 round McMahon. 60 minutes with increasing overtime. As last year there will be around £250 worth of prizes thanks to sponsorship by the Confucius Institute (Glasgow Branch). Registration Saturday by 10:30. Prize Giving at 18:15 Sunday. Contact Donald Macleod donald.macleod at A SC


British Pair Go Championships

Saturday 6th June. Red Lion, 88 Great North Road, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL9 5EU A tournament for teams of one male and one female who play alternately with no conferring. The top 8 British pairs play for the title. Remaining pairs play in the handicap section. Registration by 10:15. Prize-giving by 18:00. Contact Francis Roads, 61 Malmesbury Road, London E18 2NL 020 85054381 francis.roads at


Saturday 13th – Sunday 14th June. Pemberton Rooms PG20 and PG21, Pemberton Building, Palace Green, Durham. Registration by 11:00 Saturday. Prize-giving by 17:00 Sunday. 6 Round McMahon. Teaching session with Oh Chimin 7d on Friday evening. Contact Andrew Ambrose-Thurman at B

Welsh Open

Saturday 20th June - Sunday 21st June. Min-Y-Mor Hotel, The Promenade, Barmouth, LL42 1HW *** New format for 2015 *** 6-round McMahon tournament. Entries welcomed for single days or both days. Main time limit 50 minutes; overtime 20 stones in 5 minutes, then 40 stones in each subsequent 5 minutes. Registration by 10:45 on Saturday; prize-giving should be 6:00 on Sunday or shortly after. Players are welcome to miss any round. Please contact Helen or Martin Harvey (by email to jm.harvey at if playing one day only, or if you have any queries. Click 'Register' to enter, or indeed to see who's entered so far. B

Milton Keynes

Saturday 27th June. Sports Pavilion, Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA. Registration by 10:15. Prize-giving 18:30. 3-round McMahon tournament. Time limit 65 minutes with 30/5 overtime. Contact Ben Ellis ben.ellis at A


UK Go Challenge Finals

Saturday 18th July. Howard Hall, Norton Way South, Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire, SG6 1NX. Arrive by 11:00, depart by 16:00. 13x13 tournament for all youngsters (under-18) whether qualified from UK Go Challenge heats or not. Those still learning to play are encouraged to take part as well as those with established grades. Titles in age groups for boys and for girls. Contact Tony Atkins 01189268143 info at More on UK Go Challenge



Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th August. Belfast Boat Club, Lockview Road, Stranmillis, Belfast BT9 5FH. 5-round McMahon Tournament. Registration by 10:30. Prizegiving 16:30 Sunday. Contact James Hutchinson james8hut at B


Saturday 15th August. Arundel Football Club, Mill Road, Arundel, West Sussex BN18 9PA. 3-round McMahon Tournament. 60 minutes time limit sudden death. Registration by 10:50. Prize giving about 18:00. Contact Sue Paterson 01903 889825 suepat812 at B

Isle Of Man Go Festival

Sunday 23rd - Friday 28th August. Cherry Orchard, Port Erin, Isle of Man IM9 6AN. 12th edition - many events planned - provisonally: Main Tournament mornings 23rd-25th/27th/28th, Afternoon Tournament 23rd-25th, Handicap Tournament afternoons 27th/28th, Die Hards or Day Trip 26th, Quiz, Rengo, Music, 13x13, closing dinner (evenings). Also teaching sessions, mostly aimed at novices and improving players. Contact celia at A

Mind Sports Olympiad

Sunday 23rd – Monday 31st August. JW3, 341-351 Finchley Road, London NW3 6ET. This is a modern Jewish Community Centre - please note food and knives etc may not be brought on site. 19th edition. No events Saturday 29th.

MSO 9x9

Sunday 30th August. 10:15 to 13:45. 4-round swiss 9x9 games. 20mins. Entry fee £10. Top 3 Prizes: £40/30/20.

MSO Small Board

Sunday 30th August. 14:15 to 18:00. 4-round swiss 13x13 games. 20 mins. Entry fee £10. Top 3 Prizes: £60/30/20.

MSO Open

Monday 31st August. 10:15 to 18:00. 4-round Swiss. 40 mins + 30 in 5 overtime. Entry fee £15. Top 3 Prizes: £100/50/20. B



Sunday 6th September. 4th Floor, Bank of East Asia, 3 - 5 Charlotte Street, Manchester M1 4HB. In city centre near to public transport links. 3-round McMahon. 50-minutes with increasing overtime. Registration 09:45 to 10:00. Prize-giving 17:45. Sponsored by the Bank of East Asia. Contact Chris Kirkham 0161 - 903 9023 cckirkham at B


Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th September. The Lugger, The Promenade, Penzance, TR18 4DL, tel. 01736 362371. Teaching Event Saturday morning, 10:00 to 12:30. Handicap Tournament takes place on Saturday afternoon. Registration by 13:30. Open Tournament takes place Sunday. 3-round McMahon. Main time limit 65 minutes; overtime 20 stones in 5 minutes. Registration by 09:45. Buffet lunch. Prize giving by 18:45. Contact John Culmer 01326 573167 johnculmer at A

Strong Players' Training

Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th September. Oxford, courtesy of Nick and Sally Wedd. Teaching weekend with Guo Juan. The event will be limited to 16 players: selection will be made on the basis of your EGF rating, although there will be up to 2 "wild card" entries for those who are considered to be deserving but do not otherwise qualify. BGA members only. Price £35 (includes tea and coffee). Some accommodation is available at the venue. Members who represent the UK in the Pandanet European Teams will gain an extra 100 rating points credit. Application by August 26 to Toby Manning, email treasurer AT

British Championship Match

Saturday 26th September. Game 1 in this year's Title Match between Andrew Kay and Andrew Simons. To played at private address in Cambridge. Live relay on KGS (no commentary) from 10:30. BC More Info



Sunday 11th October. Greenhill Library, 1 Hemper Lane, Sheffield, S8 7FE. 3-round McMahon tournament. 50 minutes per round plus increasing overtime. Registration by 10:00; prize giving about 18;00. Contact Bob Scantlebury robert hyphen scantlebury at lineone dot net. B BK Flyer

International Teams Autumn Match

Saturday 17th October West London Go Club, c/o Young Chelsea Bridge Club, 54 Goldhawk Rd, London W12 8HA. For teams of three. Registration 10:00 to 10:30; prize giving before 17:30.


Sunday 25th October St. Mark's Community Centre, St. Mark's Road, Bath 3-round McMahon tournament. 60 minutes per round plus overtime. Registration by 10:00 GMT; prize giving about 18:00. Contact David King davidking68 at B BK


DokiDoki Festival in Manchester

Saturday 7th November. The DokiDoki Festival> is a bi-annual event, celebrating both traditional and modern Japanese culture. It attracted 2,700 people in 2013. Follow the link to find photographs and videos of that festival. The BGA will again run a stall giving free Go demos to all takers. Do pop by!

Three Peaks

Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th November. Commodore Inn, Main Street, Grange-over-Sands, Tel 015395 32381 5-round McMahon tournament. Time limits 50 minutes with increasing overtime (20/5, 30/5, 40/5, 40/5 etc). Accommodation available at the Inn. Registration by 10:45 Saturday. Prive giving 15:15 Sunday. Contact Bob Bagot robert.bagot at B BK

British Youth Go Championships

Sunday 22nd November. King Edward VI Aston School, Frederick Road, Aston, Birmingham, 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. Registration by 09:45. Prize-giving by 17:00.

Cork Go Tournament

Saturday 21st November and Sunday 22nd November Mardyke Pavilion, University College Cork (UCC), Cork, Ireland. Swiss Tournament (Handicapped) of 5 rounds; 50 minutes' main thinking time and 3x30 seconds' byoyomi. There will be lots of prizes - 1st, 2nd, 3rd, best beginner, best sandbagger etc... Tea, coffee, biscuits AND cake will be provided! Schedule:- Saturday Registration 9:30, Round 1 10:00-12:00; Lunch 12:00-1300, Round 2 13:00-15:00, Round 3 15:00-17:00, Sunday Round 4 11:00-13:00; Lunch 13:00-14:00; Round 5 14:00-16:00. We will also organise a trip out for dinner on Saturday evening, please let us know if you'd like to join us. Entry Fee - €15/€10 (unwaged or students) To pre-register please send an email to​ with your name, rank and club. B

London Kyu Players' Teaching Day

Saturday 28th November. West London Go Club, c/o Young Chelsea Bridge Club, 54 Goldhawk Rd, London W12 8HA. Teaching in the morning and 3-round rapid play (40 mins sd) kyu players' tournament if the afternoon. Contact David Cantrell david at C



Saturday 5th December. University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL. 3 round McMahon tournament. Registration by 10:30. Prize-giving by 19:00. Contact Philip Leung Chun.Leung at A

British Championship Match

Saturday 12th December. Game 2 in this year's Title Match between Andrew Kay and Andrew Simons. To be played at private address in Cambridge. Live relay on KGS, with commentary by Matthew Macfadyen, from 10:00. BC More Info

Edinburgh Christmas

Saturday 19th December. St Columba's by the Castle Episcopal Church Hall, 14 Johnston Terrace, Edinburgh (new venue). 4-round McMahon tournament. Time limit 45 minutes with 30/5 and increasing overtime. Registration by 09:45. Prizegiving 18:00. Refreshments available (honesty box). Lunch food available nearby. Cost: Standard £13.50, Concession £11.50 Non-BGA, add £3 (concession add £1.50) Contact Donald MacLeod donald.macleod284 at B SC

London Open

Monday 28th–Thursday 31st December. International Student House (ISH), 229 Great Portland Street, London. McMahon tournament with 7 rounds. Time limit 90 minutes with 20/5 overtime. Also Lightning, Pair Go and Rengo tournaments. A

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