Archive: Past Go Events in the UK 2016

2017 events - 2015 events



Sunday Evening Lecture

Sunday 3 January at 19:00. Lecture to be given by Toby Manning on "Invading Moyos" in the British Room on KGS.

Sunday Evening Lecture

Sunday 17 January at 19:00. Lecture to be given in the British Room on KGS. Lecturer and topic to be determined.


Saturday 23rd January. Hitachi Europe Head Office at Whitebrook Park, Lower Cookham Road, Maidenhead, SL6 8YA. 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

Belfast Handicap

Saturday 30th January. Belfast Boat Club, Lockview Road, Stranmillis, Belfast BT9 5FH. 4-round Swiss Handicap Tournament. Registration by 09:15. Prizegiving 16:30. Contact James Hutchinson james8hut at C



Saturday 6th February. Frodsham Community Centre, Fluin Lane, Frodsham, Cheshire, WA6 7QN. 3-round McMahon for all players. Time limits 60 mins with increasing overtime. Registration by 10:30. Prize-giving by 18:30. Contact cheshire at B Contact Tony Pitchford 07870893153 cheshire at

Sunday Evening Lecture

Sunday 7th February. Toby Manning will discuss one of the games recently played between Fan Hui and AlphaGO. Starts at 19:00, lasting 30 - 45 minutes in the British Room on KGS.

British Championship Match

Sunday 14th February. Game 3 in 2015's Title Match between Andrew Kay and Andrew Simons. Live relay on KGS from 10:00. BC

Sunday Evening Lecture

Sunday 21st February. Lecturer and subject to be announced. Cancelled. We apologise that this lecture has been cancelled due to absence of a lecturer.


Irish Go Congress

Friday 4th March to Sunday 6th March. 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 30 seconds byoyomi (5 times). First prize 1000 euro. Registration from 09:00 - 10:00 Saturday. Prize giving 16:30 Sunday. Also parallel Chinese Chess Tournament. Contact Rory Wales rorywales at A

Isle of Skye

Saturday 5th March–Sunday 6th March. Tongadale Hotel, Wentworth Street, Portree, Isle of Skye IV51 9EJ. 6 round McMahon. (Small board event Friday evening.) Contact John Macdonald or Carel Goodheir carelgoodheir at B SC

Sunday Evening Lecture

Sunday 6th March. There will be no lecture on this day, as it coincides with both Dublin and the Isle of Skye.

Trigantius - Sponsored by Threedy 3D Printers

Saturday 12th March. Cambridge University Social Club Mill Lane, Cambridge CB2 1RX. 3 Round McMahon tournament. Time limit 60 minutes, with variable increasing overtime. Parallel Novices' Event with rule-teaching and puzzle-solving in the morning and 13x13 event from 14:00 to 16:00 Registration by 10:30. Prize-giving 19:15. Contact Geoff Kaniuk geoff at kaniuk dot co dot uk. A BK

Sunday Evening Lecture

Sunday 13th March. Andrew Simons, having won the British Championship by defeating Andrew Kay 2-1, will analyse some of the games in the Title Match. Starts at 19:00, lasting 30 - 45 minutes in the British Room on KGS.

Sunday Evening Lecture

Sunday 20th March. Tim Hunt will give some "Practical advice for playing better in the endgame". This will be a reprise of some of the ideas he gave at the teaching event in London in December. Starts at 19:00, lasting 30 - 45 minutes in the British Room on KGS.

Sunday Evening Lecture

Sunday 27th March *** POSTPONED *** Andrew Simons, having won the British Championship by defeating Andrew Kay 2-1, will analyse some more of the games in the Title Match. Starts at 19:00, lasting 30 - 45 minutes in the British Room on KGS.


British Go Congress

Friday 1st - Sunday 3rd April. Holiday Inn Royal Victoria Sheffield, Victoria Station Road, Sheffield, S4 7YE. Friday afternoon teaching 13:00-16:30; AlphaGo game review 17:30-18:30; evening 19:00 British Lightning. Saturday and Sunday British Open (6-round McMahon). Saturday evening BGA AGM. Contact info at A

International Teams Spring Match

Sunday Evening Lecture

Sunday 10th April Andrew Simons, having won the British Championship by defeating Andrew Kay 2-1, will analyse the third of games in the Title Match. Starts at 19:00, lasting 30 - 45 minutes in the British Room on KGS. A recording of the first two lectures is available on YouTube.

Welwyn Garden City

Saturday 23rd April. Welwyn Garden City Bridge Club room, Gosling Stadium, Welwyn Garden City AL8  6XE. Registration by 09:45. Prize giving by 19:00. 3-round McMahon tournament. Time limit 60 minutes with 20/5 overtime. A buffet will be available (also there is a cafe available in an adjoining building and a local pub). Contact John Collins jmc at A BK

Candidates' Tournament

Saturday 30th April - Monday 2nd May. The Settlement 229 Nevells Road, Letchworth Garden City, SG6 4UB. 6-round tournament. British championship rules. Closed event, i.e. by qualification only; you can check online if you may qualify. Playing sessions will run between 10:00 and 18:00. Registration by 09:40 on first day. To enter, please contact Matt Marsh, matt AT crazedbytes DOT net A BC SC



Sunday 22nd 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 28th May to Tuesday 31st May. West London Go Club, c/o Young Chelsea Bridge Club, 54 Goldhawk Rd, London W12 8HA. For qualifiers from the Candidates' Tournament only. A BC

Scottish Open

Saturday 28th - Sunday 29th May. Gilchrist Postgraduate Club, University of Glasgow, University Avenue, Glasgow G12 8QQ 6 round McMahon. 60 minutes with increasing overtime. There will be 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 4th 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 11th – Sunday 12th June. Pemberton Rooms PG20 and PG21, Pemberton Building, Palace Green, Durham. Registration by 10:30 Saturday. Prize-giving by 17:00 Sunday. 6 Round McMahon. Contact Andrew Ambrose-Thurman at B

Welsh Open

Saturday 18th June - Sunday 19th June. Min-Y-Mor Hotel, The Promenade, Barmouth, LL42 1HW 6-round McMahon tournament. 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. Entries welcomed for single days or both days. Players are welcome to miss any round, without detriment to prize-allocation. Please contact Helen or Martin Harvey (by email to jm.harvey at if playing one day only, or if you have any queries. B

Milton Keynes

Saturday 25th June. Berrill Building, 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 07881 302751 ben.ellis at A




Saturday 20th August. Arundel Football Club, Mill Road, Arundel, West Sussex BN18 9PA. Contact Sue Paterson 01903 889825 suepat812 at B

British Championship Match

Saturday 20th August. Game 1 in this year's Title Match between Junnan Jiang and Charles Hibbert. To played at private address in Oxford. Live relay on KGS (with commentary by Matthew Macfadyen) provisionally from 10:30. BC

Liverpool Japan Day

Saturday 20th August. Japan Society North West are organising another Japan Day, from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm, and the BGA will be demonstrating Go to many dozens of new players all day, on 2 stalls. If you're interested in helping us, you are most welcome, & please let Helen or Martin Harvey know, on jm.harvey at ntlworld dot com.

The event is a showcase for everything relating to Japanese culture, both traditional and modern. It is held once every two years, and alternates between Manchester and Liverpool. It is a free public event. The venue affords everybody lots of space.

There will be taiko drumming, Japanese folk songs and koto music-playing, martial arts demonstrations. Watch a demonstration of kimono dressing and try on a yukata! Also there are displays of bonsai trees, Japanese swords and armour. Venue: Liverpool Guild of Students, 160 Mount Pleasant, Liverpool L3 5TR

Mind Sports Olympiad

Sunday 21st – Monday 29th 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. 20th edition. No events Saturday 27th. Competition for medals; prize money in most events.

MSO 9x9

Sunday 28th August. 10:15 to 13:45. 4-round Swiss 9x9 games. 20mins. Entry fee £10. Prizes: £60 for 1st, £30 for 2nd, and £20 for 3rd

MSO Small Board

Sunday 28th August. 14:15 to 18:00. 4-round Swiss 13x13 games. 20 mins. Entry fee £10. Prizes: £60 for 1st, £30 for 2nd, and £20 for 3rd

MSO Open

Monday 29th August. 10:15 to 18:00. 4-round Swiss. 40 mins + 30 in 5 overtime. Entry fee £15. Prizes: £200 for 1st, £100 for 2nd, and £50 for 3rd B



Sunday 4th September. Cheadle Hulme School (CHS), Claremont Road, Cheadle Hulme, SK8 6EG Free parking, 0.9 miles from Cheadle Hulme railway station. 3-round McMahon. 50-minutes with increasing overtime. Registration 09:45 to 10:00. Free tea & coffee all day. Self-pairing 13x13 side-event with prizes. Prize-giving 17:45. Contact Chris Kirkham 0161 903 9023 cckirkham at B


Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th 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


Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th September. 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 24th September. Swindon Conservative Club, 20 Bath Road, Swindon, SN1 4BA 3-round McMahon Tournament. 60 minutes time limit + overtime. Registration by 10:15. Prize giving 18:15. Preferably by email to Christian Scarff xianscarff @, but phone entries will also be accepted on 07739 079552. A


Didactics of Mindsports Conference

Saturday 1st October. William Mong Hall, Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. Morning from 10:00 - keynote speakers and pedagogues in Chess and Go. Afternoon until 17:00 - simulated lessons, playing sessions, demonstrations. Other mind sports to be confirmed. Registration from 09:30.


Sunday 9th 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


Sunday 30th October. St. Mark's Community Centre, St. Mark's Road, Bath BA2 4PA. 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


Three Peaks

Saturday 5th November - Sunday 6th November. The Wheatsheaf, 22 High Street, Ingleton, LA6 3AD. 5-round McMahon tournament. Time limits 50 minutes with increasing overtime (20/5, 30/5, 40/5, etc). Registration by 10:45 Saturday. Prize giving 15:15 Sunday. Contact Bob Bagot robert.bagot at B

Doki Doki - The Manchester Japanese Festival

Saturday 12th November Sugden Sports Centre, 114 Grosvenor Street, Manchester M1 7HL. The event celebrates both traditional and modern Japanese culture. The festival will take place from 10:00 until 19:00. In 2015 there were 2800 festival-goers. Please see Doki Doki - The Manchester Japanese Festival for full details of this year's event, including photographs and videos of the 2015 festival. The BGA will have 4 tables as last year, and be demonstrating Go to newcomers all day. Do feel free to join and help us. Contact Helen or Martin Harvey - jm.harvey at

London Teaching Day

Saturday 19th November. West London Go Club, c/o Young Chelsea Bridge Club, 54 Goldhawk Rd, London W12 8HA. Teaching by dan players for all kyu levels and lecture via Internet by Guo Juan. Registration by 10:00. Finish 17:00. Contact Gerry Gavigan

British Youth

Sunday 20th November. The National Space Centre, Exploration Drive, Leicester, LE4 5NS. 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. Contact Tony Atkins 0118 9268143 bygc at


Saturday 26th November. University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL. 3 round McMahon tournament. Registration by 10:30. Prize-giving by 19:00. Contact su363 at A

International Teams Autumn Match

Saturday 26th November London


British Championship Match

Saturday 3rd December London. Game 2 in this year's Title Match between Junnan Jiang and Charles Hibbert. Live relay on OGS from 11:00. BC

Cork Go Tournament

Saturday 3rd December and Sunday 4th December Cricket Club, Richard Beamish Grounds, Mardyke Walk, Cork, Ireland. Swiss Tournament (Handicapped) of 5 rounds; 50 minutes' main thinking time and 3x30 seconds' byoyomi. Registration by 10:00 Saturday. Prize-giving 16:00 Sunday. Contact Thomas Shanahan corkgo at B

Edinburgh Christmas

Saturday 17th December. St Columba's by the Castle Episcopal Church Hall, 14 Johnston Terrace, Edinburgh, EH1 2PW . 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 Contact Donald MacLeod donald.macleod at B SC

London Open

Sponsored by Google DeepMind Wednesday 28th–Saturday 31st December. International Student House (ISH), 229 Great Portland Street, London, W1W 5PN. Arrangements similar to previous years.

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