Junior Calendar and Events

Wed 14th - Sat 17th August - Youth Go Camp - Caythorpe More Info
Sun TBA - British Youth Teams (online)
Sun TBA - DDK Training 14:30-16:00
Sun 20th October - UK Go Challenge Finals (Cambridge)
Sat 9th November - BYGC (Leicester)
Sat 1st February (TBC) - London Youth

Firm dates of all tournaments, including the ones open to adults as well, are shown on the BGA Tournament Calendar.

OGS Youth Group

We have our own closed group on OGS called the British Go Association Youth group (group 4739) . In it we run tournaments and teaching sessions and so on. To join our group get yourself registered on OGS and send us your user id by completing our application form, telling us something about yourself, if you want to be invited in to the group. After a couple of days, when you go onto OGS, you should find an invitation to join the group in the notifications.

Tournament Policy on mismatches

This is what we do when two players in a tournament are of significantly different grades.

Online Tournaments

Every month or two we are running a tournament on OGS in the British Go Association Youth group (group 4739). You should check the calendar above and look out for announcements.

You can also look out for details of some events open to all that you might be interested in on the main BGA Tournament Calendar!

OGS Youth Club

The monthly Sunday meetings of the OGS Youth Club were suspended in October 2023 because of lack of interest and the rise of other club online meetings.

Instead all youth players are invited to join a regular session for youth Go players on OGS hosted by Cambridge Junior Chess and Go Club. These take place on Tuesday afternoons and in the Summer term will be 5:30pm until 7:00pm (players can drop in at any time during this period) in the Cambridge Junior Chess & Go Club group. Before you come for the first time, please set up an OGS username if you haven't already got one and let us know it so we can invite you to the group and send you a link to the Zoom call which we have during the meeting. In order to do this, or for any other information/questions please contact Paul Smith, email paul361smith at gmail dot com or text 07503 898934.


Every year we hold our national championship for under-18s, the British Youth Go Championships. It is normally at at a central location where young players can meet up easily. The 2020 edition was held online, but it has since been held in person again. The 2023-24 BYGC was held on Saturday 11th November 2023 in Leicester, and the 2024 event will be held on November 9, again in Leicester.

2023-24 BYGC Gallery.

2022-23 BYGC Gallery.

Here is the Hall of Fame.

The British School Teams for many years was merged with the BYGC, but from 2022, and in 2023, it is being held again as a separate event on OGS.


In the summer, since 2017, we have our Youth Summer Go Camp. It is held at Caythorpe Court, an adventure centre in Lincolnshire, and gets between 15 and 24 attendees. Dates for next time are 14th - 17th August 2024.

Flyer for 2024


From time to time we invited to play international matches against players from another country. We pick appropriate players from our youth rating list to take part.

From June 2020 we played a match against Chinese children, which we won (just), and from November 2020 we were playing a match against Hong Kong children (lost on the last game). From March 2021 we had a League against a team from China.

From June to November 2022 we were playing a second match against Hong Kong children - we lost 17-16 - and, starting 25th March 2023, we played two leagues against the team from China.

From autumn 2023 we played a third match against Hong Kong; it ran from 14th October until 17th February.

Members of our youth squad also play for our team in the European Youth Go Team Competition and the new for Spring 2024 Pandanet Youth Go European Team Championships.

We also had teams in the prototype European Youth Team League and then the first Euro City Youth League; the next (expanded) Euro City Youth Go League 2023/24, that started in October 2023, was won by London. There were 8 UK teams in the three leagues and games were played on playstrategy.org on alternate Tuesday evenings.

European Youth

Every year the European Youth Go Championship is held in a different country, normally in the Spring. We last hosted it in 2014 at Bognor Regis and you can look at the Gallery. Most years we send a team. We went to Kiev, Ukraine, in March 2018 and to Stubicke Toplice, near Zagreb in Croatia, in March 2020, although we did not go to Moscow in 2019. The 2021 event was held on line and 2022 was held in Prague, Czechia. 2023 was held in Ankara, Turkey.

The 2024 event was in Hamburg, Germany, from 21st to 23rd March. It was preceded by a "training camp" (18th to 20th March). Toby Manning attended as non-playing captain.

EYGC 2020 Gallery

UK Go Challenge

The UK Go Challenge is back again for 2024. You should make sure your school or club runs a heat this year! The finals have been run online in recent years and delayed until October.

The 2023 finals were online on OGS on Sunday 15th October.

The last time it was held in person was in 2019 when it was alongside the National Small Board Championship, as part of Cambridge Junior Chess and Go Club's 25th anniversary celebrations on Sunday 13th October. You can read the report. It will be in person on 20th October 2024, at the same location, to celebrate their 30th anniversary.

Mismatch Policy

Some tournaments normally have even games (for example a tournament to find the "Best "Club"). However, this will sometimes result in a large mismatch in grades. When this is likely to occur the following will take place:
  • Where a tournament is going to be run as a non-McMahon event there should be a discussion beforehand as to the best way to structure the event to reduce the number of mismatches.
  • There should be no automatic Swiss tournaments.
  • Where, in order to make an event competitive, a system is devised that might result in mismatches, the weaker player should always be given the option of playing a handicap game / having a different draw if the difference is greater than:
    • 6 grades for a 19x19 game
    • 8 grades for a 13x13 game
    • 10 grades for a 9x9 game
  • In such cases the game shall be non-competitive, and a win by default shall be awarded to the stronger player.
  • For a team event, the decision as to whether to play a competitive or handicap game should be jointly made by the player and the captain.
Last updated Sun May 19 2024.
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