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Title Current Championsort icon Description trophy
Leicester Zixin Wu
Bank of China (London) Zhang, Shutai
LSE Yun He

London School of Economics

London Open Yuanbo Zhang
The Nippon Club Central London Go Club British Go Association European Go Federation
JFK Statue at ISH
JFK Statue at ISH
The London Open is the UK's biggest tournament. It is always held at the new year period: 28th - 31st December.
It first ran in 1975 and has ran every year since. Usually over 100 players take part and even up to 150. Many come from continental Europe and further away too. Several top European players take part.
2012 logo Dragon and Snake, By J. Keller
2012 Results
Players battle over 4 days, 7 rounds and long time limits. The top player gets to hold the London Open Trophy with cash prizes for the top players and prizes for other good results too. Prizes are also given for the Lightning Tournament, held one evening. Winner 2011
Winner 2011

Recent Opens

Another evening event is the London Pair Go. Around a dozen male-female pairs compete for the best pair title. For more details see the London Pair Go Page. Pair Go
Pair Go
There is usually a professional teacher, the most frequent one being Guo Juan from the Netherlands. They give lectures and analyse games. Other teachers have come from Japan, Korea and China. Guo Juan
Guo Juan
Main Hall
Main Hall
Most players play in the large hall at ISH. The evening events are held there too. ISH also has a bistro, a bar and reasonably priced accommodation. Top Room
Top Room
The top boards are in their own room. Adjacent to it is an analysis room. Prize giving and the Rengo are upstairs. In all ISH provides a superior playing environment.
East Midlands Yuanbo Zhang

3 round McMahon tournament, until 2012 was held at the National Space Centre in Leicester.

It replaced the Leicester Tournament.

MSO Youth William Brooks
Cork Willem-Koen Pomstra

A tournament held over a weekend, at UCC in Cork, Ireland.

Thames Valley Team Trophy Wanstead

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.

2013 awarded on team result at Bracknell Tournament.

South Coast Handicap Tony Atkins
MSO Rapid Tony Atkins
MSO Novices 13x13 Tom Cooper
Three Peaks Toby Manning

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.

Maidenhead-Hitachi Toby Manning

A 3-round McMahon tournament sponsored by and held at Hitachi Europe's headquarters.

It was called the Furze Platt Tournament until 2010.

North London Terry Stacey
Reading T.Mark Hall
Nottingham Sin Voon Chin

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.

North East Simon Shiu
Isle of Man Afternoon Shigehiko Uno

This tournament is part of the Isle of Man Go Week. It is held over 3 afternoons and is a 3 round McMahon.

MSO 9x9 Seong-June Kim
Letchworth Roy-Andre Kirkebo
KGS Sunjang Baduk Roy-Andre Kirkebo
Irish Handicap Roger Daniel

Ceased in 2003

London Open Handicap Roger Daniel
Isle of Man Lightning Richard Hunter

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.

Liverpool Qi Chen
MSO Lightning Piers Shepperson
Welwyn Garden City Paul Taylor

A 3-round McMahon originally held in the Welwyn Garden City Bridge Club room at Gosling Stadium in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire.

Norwich Paul Smith
Cornwall Handicap Paul Massey

Normally held the day before the main Cornwall tournament

Triangle Paul Blockley
Isle of Man Die Hards Paul Barnard
Cambridge Junior Owen Walker
Isle of Man 13×13 Oscar Selby

Part of the Isle of Man Go Week, played one evening.

DDK Grand Prix Oscar Selby

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:

  1. You have to be a member of the BGA
  2. Qualifying tournaments are tournaments held in the UK and open to entrants below 9 kyu from anywhere in the UK. Handicap and rapid play tournaments are included, but online competitions, team, Pair Go and lightning events are not included. Every tournament has a maximum 100 points that you can score there.
  3. You get 40% of the points just for turning up. For the other 60% you score in proportion to points scored in the tournament. For example, if you win 2 out of 3 in a tournament, you score 40 plus two thirds of 60, i.e. 80 out of 100 in total.
  4. All players playing at least their first tournament in the year as a DDK can score points. Their prize category depends on their first grade of the year.
  5. The competition runs for the calendar year with the London Open counting as the last tournament of the year.
London International Teams North London

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 (winners shown in brackets below).

MSO 9x9 Junior or Beginners Nicholas Calderwood
Belfast Ngoc-Trang Cao

Started in 2007, but in 1992 the club also ran its own event.

Northern Ngoc-Trang Cao

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 a shield, the Red Rose Trophy.

MSO Pair Go Natasha Regan & Tim Hunt
British Pair Go Natasha Regan & Matthew Cocke

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.

South London Kyu Players Natasha Regan

In the main tournament students were split into three groups, each of which played a Swiss tournament with handicap equal to grade difference.

In the side tournament the teachers all play each other, together with any other dan players present, in a round-robin tournament with all games even.

London Open Lightning Mikko Siukola

Part of London Open, the Lightning Tournament is held on one of the evenings.

MSO Weekend Migaku Hayashi
UK Go Challenge Finals Melchior Chui

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

Wanstead Matthew Macfadyen

Early events known as the Woodford tournament. The 1972 event was a handicap tournament.

Ceased in 2010

Isle of Man Open Matthew Macfadyen

Held alternate years:

  • Main Tournament mornings
  • Afternoon Tournament
  • Handicap Tournament afternoons
  • Die Hards or DayTrip
  • 13x13
  • Also teaching sessions, mostly aimed at novices and improving players.
  • Quiz, Rengo, Music, closing dinner (evenings)
Skye Matthew Macfadyen

This is held alternative years in the Tongadale Hotel in Portree. It is a 6 round McMahon, held over a weekend in March.

Ipswich (East Anglia) Matthew Macfadyen
National Knock-Out Matthew Macfadyen
London New Year Rapid Matthew Cocke / Zhang, Shutai
Cheshire Mark Elliot

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.

The current trophy is a replacement for the Cheshire Open Plaque, but has also been mislaid.

Galway Marie Julien

A tournament of 5 rounds, held in Galway in Ireland.

West Surrey Handicap Malcolm Hagan

Was the RTP Handicap 1987-89

Ceased in 2011

Oxford Li Shen

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.

  • A 3-round McMahon Main Tournament, interleaved with ...
  • An optional Novices Tournament (with gifts, and additional prizes).
  • This is immediately followed by an (optional) supper to commemorate Simon Eve, and meet other Go-players.
  • Younger players: Financial support, and extra prizes for Under-18, Under-15, Under-12, and Under-9 players.
  • Team Competition/Prize: make your own team – same club/family/whatever.
Epsom Li Shen

Ceased 2008

London Open Small Board Ken Dackombe
Isle of Man Pair Go Keiko Uno & Shigehiko Uno

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.

Irish Rapid Karol Janyst

Part of the Irish Go Congress, played on the Friday evening before the Open. Time limits get shorter each round.

Asahi Meijin (London) Jong-Soo Yoo
Trigantius Jon Diamond

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.

Arundel Jon Diamond

3-round McMahon Tournament, held in Arundel in Sussex.

Trophy presented by Pauline and Steve Bailey in 2013.

York John Smith
Cornwall John Culmer

3 round McMahon held in Penzance.

It replaced the Devon tournament in 2000, using the same trophy now known as the "Devon and Cornwall Go Stone".

London Go Centre Jim Bates
British Pair Go Handicap Jil Segerman & Pat Ridley

Part of the British Pair Go Championship, for those not in the top 8 pairs.

Women's Weekend Helen Harvey

Played during the sometimes held Women's Training Weekend.

The trophy is the Eva Wilson Go Ban.

Three Counties Harold Lee
Liverpool Handicap George Leach
Irish Open (Confucius Cup) Fan Hui

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.

Nippon Club Cup Epsom

Awarded to the Club team with the best percentage in the British Open at the British Go Congress.

Isle of Man Handicap Edmund Smith

This tournament is part of the Isle of Man Go Week. It is played over two afternoons, with increased handicap on the Manx system.

Youth Grand Prix Edmund Smith

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.

Current points

The rules are:

  1. Qualifying tournaments are all tournaments held in the UK and open to entrants from anywhere in the UK. Every tournament has a maximum number of points that you can score there. For most Go tournaments this is 100 points. For the Youth Championships, it is 200 points.
  2. You get 40% of the points just for turning up. For the other 60% you score in proportion to points scored in the tournament. For example, if you win 2 out of 3 in a tournament worth 100 points, you score 40 plus two thirds of 60, i.e. 80 in total.
  3. All under-18s (age as at 1st September of the previous year) can score points. (Note: we are often asked why September of the previous year rather than January of the current year. The reason is to link the age requirement to the school year.)
  4. The competition runs for a calendar year with the London Open counting as the last tournament. Prizes will be awarded at the Youth Championships in the following year.
Our Online League (Team) Edinburgh A

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 our Association.

An Individual League ran from January 2011 to October 2012.

British Youth Championship Dylan Zhu-Dong

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.

Edinburgh Christmas David Lee

This is held (weather permitting) in December and replaced the Scottish Bar-Low.

Scottish Open David Lee

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.

Fife David Lee

Held in Cupar.

Ceased in 2010

Scottish Championship David Lee

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.

British Open Cornel Burzo

The British Go Association is running the Congress alongside the European Youth Go Championships in 2014. Accompanying players may wish to enter the British Open on payment of the appropriate fee, whilst their junior players are playing the EYGC.

British Open Lightning Cornel Burzo

This fast-play event is run at the British Go Congress, usually on the Friday evening. The tournament system varies from year to year. Nowadays the event is usually played with handicaps. It was originally a free-standing event.

Bar-Low Chris Volk

Originally held in Cambridge and usually held alongside the Candidates' Tournament. Open only to kyu-graded players. It has often been part of the Cambridge Mind Sports weekend.

Coventry Bruno Poltronieri

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.

Shropshire Bruno Poltronieri

When Brian Timmins moved from Cheshire to Shropshire he started the Shrewsbury Tournament, it being held in the riverside Gateway Centre. It has since had a couple of changes of organiser and has now become the Shropshire Tournament, held in the Memorial Hall in Hinstock.

Cheshire Handicap Brian Timmins

The Handicap section played over 5 rounds alongside the Cheshire Open.

London Open Pair Go Boris Mitrovic & Fynn Bachmann

Part of London Open, the Pair Go Tournament is held on one of the evenings.

New Malden Ben He
Candidates' Bei Ge

Part of the British Championship, held to select most of the players who will compete in the Challenger’s League.

In order to play, players must be British (or long-term residents), active in tournaments and of a certain level. In the past shodan and kyu players had to earn places at tournaments, but now players are selected by rating (1900+ at a tournament in the year ending at the British Go Congress). Qualifiers are listed here.

Swindon Bei Ge

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.

Korean Ambassador's Cup Bei Ge
Anglo-Japanese Matches Anglo

Held in London between Nippon Club (Japanese) and Central London Go Club (Anglo).
Prior to the Trophy starting in 1988 most matches were won by the Japanese.

British Small Board Andrew Simons

Run by any club on behalf of the BGA.

Cambridge ran the 2011 edition early in 2012.

Online League (Individual) Andrew Simons
Terry Stacey Grand Prix Andrew Simons

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.

Challengers' League Andrew Kay

Part of the British Championship, 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.

British Championship Andrew Kay

Our premier national competition. It consists of several stages: Candidates' Tournament, Challengers' League and the Title Match, the results of which are shown here.

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

London City Andrew Kay

A 3 round McMahon, held in the City of London.

Birmingham Andrew Kay

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.

Milton Keynes Alistair Wall

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.

Welsh Open Alistair Wall

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.

Portsmouth Alistair Wall
Epsom Downs (Wedding) Alistair Wall
South London Alistair Wall
Womens' (Ladies) Championship Alison Jones

This tournament was formerly held primarily to select a British entry for the World Women’s Amateur Go Tournament.

Cambridge MSO Dans' Alex Selby
Bracknell Alex Rix

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.

Durham Alex Kent

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.

KGS Alex Kent
Scottish Barlow Alex Kent
Wessex Alex Kent

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.

Bournemouth Alan Thornton
Weak Knee Dans Grand Prix Alan Thornton
MSO 13x13 Aja Huang

This is the small board tournament that is part of the Mind Sports Olympiad, held each August in London.

MSO Open Aja Huang

This is main open event at the Mind Sports Olympiad (MSO) in London each August.

MSO 9x9 Aja Huang

This is the 9x9 small board tournament that is part of the Mind Sports Olympiad, held each August in London.

9x9 boards

Black Bull
Other Leagues

Other regional leagues have been held, mostly in the 1970s and early 1980s, but reporting of results was patchy.

In addition the Jubilee Challenge Trophy (a Goban) was instigated for the Queen's Silver Jubilee in 1977. After a few years of competition it was won by Leamington, who still hold it.

British Student

British Go Association Online Student Championship

Students are defined as

  • Under-18 or
  • Under-26 and studying full-time or part-time at a UK approved educational establishment

Note: this is different to the BGA membership concessionary rate definition


See Cornwall


See Coventry

London (Miscellaneous)
RTP Handicap

See West Surrey


See Wanstead

Youth Small Board
Fuseki Follow-On

In this tournament, a professional game had been chosen which had a close result and was adjudged close after the fuseki. Each player played this same game four times, twice as black and twice as white.


The first event planned for 9 November 2014 was cancelled due to problems with the venue.

Letchworth Garden City Rapid Play

Separate junior sections for youth squad members and novices.