Archive: Past Go Events in the UK 2018

2019 events - 2017 events




Saturday 20th January. Hitachi Europe Head Office at Whitebrook Park, Lower Cookham Road, Maidenhead, SL6 8YA. 3-round McMahon tournament. Time limit 60 minutes with 'accelerated' 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 Atwell 01628 676792 wintergarden at A



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

London Go Centre Grand Opening

Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th February. London Go Centre, 54 Goldhawk Rd, London W12 8HA. 3 Round McMahon. Lectures and teaching by professional Catalin Taranu and other teachers. Contact admin at A

Nottingham Kyu Training Day

Saturday 24th February. The Dice Cup, 68-70 Mansfield Road, Nottingham NG1 3GY Kyu-player Teaching from 10:00. Afternoon mini-tournament until 18:00. Contact Brent Cutts brent.cutts63 at


Irish Go Congress

Friday 2nd March to Sunday 4th March. Dublin, Ireland. Friday from 19:00 Irish Rapid Play. Saturday and Sunday: Confucius Cup (Irish Open) 5 round McMahon tournament. First prize 1000 euro. Also parallel Chinese Chess Tournament. Reduced Go event (not Grand Prix event) still planned to take place despite storm Emma snow cancelling all flights! Sunday replaced by afternoon Go in Toners bar (club venue). A

South Manchester

Saturday 3rd March Main School Building, Cheadle Hulme School, Claremont Road, Cheadle Hulme SK8 6EG. Registration by 09:45. Prizegiving at 18:00. Two tournaments: 3 rounds McMahon (time limit 50 minutes with increasing overtime) for 15k and above B and 6 rounds fast play (time limit 30 minutes, sudden death) for 21k and below. Those 16k to 20k can choose which to enter. Contact Martin or Helen Harvey with any queries, on martin.harvey at

Isle of Skye

Saturday 3rd March–Sunday 4th March. Tongadale Hotel, Wentworth Street, Portree, Isle of Skye IV51 9EJ. 6 round McMahon. (Small board event Friday evening.) Contact John MacDonald 01478 611207 or Carel Goodheir 01478 611763 carelgoodheir at B SC


Saturday 10th March. Cambridge University Social Club, Mill Lane, Cambridge CB2 1RX. 3 Round McMahon tournament. Time limit 60 minutes, with 'accelerated' overtime. Registration by 10:30. Prize-giving 19:15. Novices' Tournament (below 20k) on 13x13 from 14:00 to 17:00. Contact Paul Smith paul361smith at gmail dot com. If you have travel problems on the day, please text Phil Beck on 07988 683586 to let us know. A


British Go Congress

Friday 6th - Sunday 8th April. Future Inns Bristol, Cabot Circus, Bond St, Bristol, BS1 3EN. Friday afternoon teaching 14:00-17:00; evening British Lightning 19:00. Saturday and Sunday British Open (6-round McMahon). Saturday evening BGA AGM 19:00. Matt Marsh matt at 07795297779 or Toby Manning ptm at tobymanning dot co dot uk
Note: The early entry deadline has been extended to 1 April.
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Candidates' Tournament

Saturday 5th - Monday 7th May. London Go Centre, 54 Goldhawk Rd, London W12 8HA. 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. A BC SC

Bar-Low Tournament

Sunday 6th May. London Go Centre, 54 Goldhawk Rd, London W12 8HA. 5 round McMahon tournament for kyu players only. 25 minutes with 20 in 5 overtime. Registration 10:00 - 11:00. Prizes at 18:30. Contact admin at C


Sunday 13th May. Woosehill Community Centre, Emmview Close, Wokingham, RG41 3DA. 3 round McMahon tournament. 60 minutes time limit with 30 moves in 5 minutes overtime. 40th edition. Registration by 10:00. Prizegiving 18:45. Contact Ian Marsh 01344 422296 bracknell at B

Welwyn Garden City

Saturday 19th May. 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. Contact John Collins jmc at A

Manchester Summer

Sunday 20th May. Closed to further entries; the event is now fully subscribed as places at the venue are limited. See link below, for full details. Bank of East Asia, 15 mins walk from any central Manchester station. 3-round McMahon tournament. 40 minutes' basic time. Inaugural event. Free coffee, tea and biscuits. £8 if BGA member. Concessions available. Registration 9:30 - 10:00 Some young players will be there, so near-beginners are most welcome! Entries needed by Fri. 18th May, as places are limited. B

Challengers' League

Saturday 26th - Tuesday 29th May. London Go Centre. A BC

Not the London Open

Saturday 26th - Monday 28th May. London Go Centre, 54 Goldhawk Rd, London W12 8HA. 6 round McMahon tournament. 60 minutes with accelerated overtime. Teaching (with Pavol Lisy 3p), side events and showing of movie "The Surrounding Game". Contact admin at A


British Pair Go Championships

Saturday 2nd June. Red Lion, 88 Great North Road, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL9 5EU Tournament for teams of one male and one female; play alternately; 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 16:30. Contact Francis Roads, 61 Malmesbury Road, London E18 2NL 0208 505 4381 francis.roads at More about PairGo

Japan Day, Manchester

Sunday 3rd June. Sugden Sports Centre, 114 Grosvenor Street, Manchester M1 7HL. BGA members are manning stalls all day. Free demos of Go will be given to many members of the public. Contact Martin Harvey, jm DOT harvey AT ntlworld DOT com


Saturday 9th – Sunday 10th June. Elvet Hill House, Millhill Lane, Durham DH1 3TH (next to Oriental Museum who will be giving free entry to entrants) Registration by 10:30 Saturday. Prize-giving by 17:00 Sunday. 6 Round McMahon. Contact Andrew Ambrose-Thurman at B

Scottish Open

Saturday 23rd June - Sunday 24th June. Hosted by Edinburgh Go Cub at Skyscanner, Quartermile One, 15 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh EH3 9EN. 6 round McMahon. 60 minutes with accelerated overtime. Registration Saturday by 09:45, Sunday by 09:15. Prize Giving by 18:00 Sunday. Requests for accomodation welcome. Online booking to be arranged. Queries to edinburghgoclub at gmail dot com. A SC

Welsh Open

Saturday 30th June - Sunday 1st July. Min y Mor Hotel, The Promenade, Barmouth, LL42 1HW 6-round McMahon tournament. Entries welcomed for single days or both days. Players are welcome to miss any round(s), without detriment to prize-allocation. Free coffee and tea. An early and a later sitting for the Saturday evening meal. Contact Helen and Martin Harvey jm.harvey at B


5th Annual World Collegiate Wei-Chi Championships

Wednesday 11th - Thursday 12th July. University Centre, Cambridge. World tournament for university students under 25. Organisation and support by Shanghai Ing Chang-Ki Wei-chi (Go) Foundation, assisted by BGA and Cambridge University Go Society. Free accommodation in Robinson College. Entries are now closed. Semi-final of the 14th Chang Qi Cup (pro event) alongside, Wednesday 11th - Friday 13th July, at DoubleTree Hotel, Cambridge. More details here

UK Go Challenge Finals

Saturday 14th July. University Centre, Granta Place, Cambridge CB2 1RU. Arrive by 11:00, depart by 16:00. Finals for UK school and junior Go clubs and all other junior players. Free entry. Games played on 13x13 boards. Titles in age groups for boys and for girls. Contact Tony Atkins 01189268143 ukgoc at More on UK Go Challenge

British Championship Match

Saturday 21st July. Game 1 in 2018's Title Match between Sam Aitken and Andrew Simons at private location in Northampton. Live online relay in the British Room on KGS with commentary by Matthew Macfadyen - game starts 10:30. BC More Info


Mind Sports Olympiad

Sunday 19th – Monday 27th 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. 22nd edition. No events Saturday 25th. Competition for medals; prize money in most events. More Info

MSO Open

Sunday 19th August. 10:15 to 18:00. 4-round McMahon. 40 mins + 30 in 5 overtime. Entry fee £15. Prizes: £200 for 1st, £100 for 2nd, and £50 for 3rd. B

MSO Small Board

Monday 20th 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 9x9

Monday 20th August. 18:45. Swiss. 9x9 games. Entry fee £10. Prizes: £60 for 1st, £30 for 2nd, and £20 for 3rd.

Youth Training Residential

Wednesday 29th - Friday 31st August. Caythorpe Court, near Grantham, Lincolnshire, NG32 3ER. Go teaching mornings, afternoons outdoor activities, Go tournament evenings.



Saturday 1st September. 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

Penzance (Cornwall)

Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September. The Lugger Inn, The Promenade, Penzance, TR18 4DL Saturday: 4 or 5 round rapid handicap tournament (20 minutes sudden death). Sunday: 3 round Cornish Open McMahon tournament. Main time limit 65 minutes; overtime 20 stones in 5 minutes. Teaching Event Saturday morning, 10:00 to 12:30. Contact John Culmer johnculmer at A


Sunday 23rd September. 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. Several lower-graded players have entered, including the regular full minibus from Cheadle Hulme School. Contact David Wildgoose dbwildgoose at B


Saturday 29th 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 18:00. Preferably by email to Christian Scarff xianscarff @, but phone entries will also be accepted on 07739 079552. A


Saturday 29th September. Belfast Boat Club, Lockview Road, Stranmillis, Belfast BT9 5FH. 4-round Handicap Swiss Tournament. 30 mins+byoyomi. Registration by 9:15. Prizegiving 16:30. Contact James Hutchinson james8hut at C

T Mark Hall Rapid Play Tournament

Saturday 29th September. London Go Centre, 54 Goldhawk Rd, London W12 8HA. Registration by 09:45. Prize giving 18:00. 5 round McMahon tournament. 40 minutes with sudden death. Contact admin at C

International Teams Autumn Match

Sunday 30th September. London Go Centre, 54 Goldhawk Rd, London W12 8HA. For teams of three players from London and nearby clubs. 3 rounds. 45 minutes with sudden death. The match will run between 10:15 and 17:15 and will hopefully have two divisions (kyu teams will play handicap). Contact admin at C


British Championship Match

Saturday 13th October. Game 2 in 2018's Title Match between Sam Aitken and Andrew Simons. Live online relay from 10:30 in the British Room on KGS with commentary by Matthew Macfadyen. BC More Info


Sunday 21st October. Venue: Cheadle Hulme School, just south of Manchester. 3-round McMahon tournament. 50-minutes with accelerated overtime. Registration from 9:30 (preferred) to 10:00. Prizegiving approximately 17:45. Please enter online, using the 'Entry form' button below. Organiser is Chris Kirkham, cckirkham AT btinternet DOT com B


Sunday 28th 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. Cups and cash prizes. Contact via web page. B


Three Peaks

Saturday 3rd November - Sunday 4th 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 Festival, Manchester

Saturday 10th November. Sugden Sports Centre, 114 Grosvenor Street, Manchester M1 7HL. BGA members are manning a stall all day. Free demos of Go will be given to many members of the public. Festival site Contact Martin Harvey, jm DOT harvey AT ntlworld DOT com

British Championship Match

Sunday 18th November. Game 3 in 2018's Title Match between Sam Aitken and Andrew Simons. Live online relay from 10:30 in the British Room on KGS and live commentary by Andrew Kay. BC More Info


Saturday 24th November. B2.04/05, Science Concourse, 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 Youth Go Championship

Saturday 1st December. King Edward VI Aston School, Frederick Road, Aston, Birmingham, B6 6DJ Youth titles at U8, U10, U12, U14, U16 and U18 will be contested, on 19x19 boards, in addition to the titles of overall British Youth Champion and British Schools Team Champions. Modified McMahon system will be used. Beginners and those new to the game will be made particularly welcome, and can select to play most of their games on 13x13 boards. Non-British residents also welcome, but some may not be eligible for titles. 60 entries from 40k to 1d as of 30th November. Registration by 09:45. Prize-giving by 17:00. Contact bygc at

Edinburgh Christmas

Saturday 15th December. Edinburgh. 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 'accelerated' overtime. Registration by 09:45. Prizegiving 17:50. Contact edinburghgoclub at B SC

London Open

Friday 28th–Monday 31st December. London Go Centre, 54 Goldhawk Rd, London W12 8HA. 7 round McMahon. Time limit 90 minutes with 20/5 overtime. Also Lightning, Pair Go and Rengo tournaments. Note entry is limited and the pre-registration list is now full as of 22nd November. A

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