We organise the British Go Championship annually, for the title of British Go Champion for the winner and for the eight best players to earn qualifying points for the World Amateur Go Championship.
The Championship comprises a number of events culminating in a Title Match. Details of rules and organisation, and so on, are available using the links on the left, in the British Championship and the Organisers sections.
The trophy is the John Barrs Goban, shown here. It is a traditional Japanese Go board (a good quality tenmasa board).
The 2015 British Championship started in April 2014. All those who play in tournaments between April 2014 and March 2015 and end with an EGF rating of 1900 or higher are on the list of qualifiers. Note: This list may contain players who are not our members or do not have the required British nationality or residency requirements. The qualifiers will be able to play in Candidates' Tournament in May 2015.
The 2014 and 50th British Championship started in April 2013. All those who played in tournaments between April 2013 and March 2014 and ended with an EGF rating of 1900 or higher were on the list of qualifiers. Note: This list may contain players who are not our members or do not have the required British nationality or residency requirements.
Those eligible could play in the Candidates' Tournament in Coventry between 3rd and 5th May 2014; 24 players took part.
The top 8 available players, including Champion Andrew Kay, played in the Challengers' League held over the holiday weekend 24th - 27th May, in London at ISH. Andrew Kay ended on 7 wins and Alex Kent ended on 5 wins and will play the title match.
The players have agreed to play a best of five match as allowed by the current rules (default best of three).
Game 1 in this year's Title Match, between Andrew Kay and Alex Kent, was to be played in Milton Keynes on Saturday 27th September but was postponed due to ill health. It was then rescheduled for Saturday 11th October. There was a live relay on KGS in the British room by "BGAadmin" from 10:00.
Game 2 in this year's Title Match, between Andrew Kay and Alex Kent, was held in Milton Keynes on Sunday 12th October. There was a live relay on KGS in the British room by "BGAadmin".
Game 3 was held on Saturday 29th November in Oxford. Andrew Kay defeated Alex Kent to retain the British Chamionship by three games to nil. A copy of the game is available, with comments from Matthew Macfadyen 6d.
Games 4 and 5 were not needed.
The 2013 British Championship started in April 2012. All those who played in tournaments between April 2012 and March 2013 and ended with an EGF rating of 1900 or higher were on the list of qualifiers. Note: This list may contain players who are not BGA members or do not have the required British nationality or residency requirements.
Those eligible could play in the Candidates' Tournament in Edinburgh between 4th and 6th May 2013, and 23 players did so, including the ghost and a wildcard.
The top 8 players, including Champion Andrew Kay, played in the Challengers' League Held over the holiday weekend 24th - 27th May, in London at ISH. Andrew Kay and Andrew Simons both ended on six wins and played the title match. Andrew Simons's games (sgf) are available as a zipped file.
Game 1 in this year's Title Match, between Andrew Kay and Andrew Simons, was played in Milton Keynes on Saturday 16th November. There was a live relay on KGS from 10:00 featuring commentary by Alexandr Dinerchtein (Breakfast, 3p).
Game 2 was a week later, Saturday 23rd November, at the same location, also with a live relay, this time by Guo Juan 5p from lunch time.
All those who played in tournaments between April 2011 and March 2012 and ended with an EGF rating of 1900 or higher were on the list of qualifiers for the Candidates. They played the Candidates' Tournament at ISH in London over the May Bank Holiday weekend (Saturday 5th to Monday 7th May).
The top 8 players played in the Challengers' League Held over the Jubilee holiday weekend 1st - 4th June, also in London at the Nippon Club. There was an extra place available from the Candidates' as the reigning champion, Matthew Macfadyen, decided not to compete for the title this year.
The top two players played the best of three title match. In 2012 it was Andrew Kay and Nick Krempel, neither of whom had been champion before. These games were relayed on KGS, Game 1 featured a commentary by Alexandr Dinerchtein 3p, from 10:00.
The matches were scheduled as follows:
Andrew Kay became the new champion.
All games relayed live on KGS from 10:00.
Sunday 3rd July
at Matthew's house in Barford, Warwickshire
Won by Matthew Macfadyen by resignation.
Game One - No Comments
Game One Relay raw record including unmoderated comments.
Guo Juan Audio Commentry
Matthew Macfadyen remained the champion.
Matthew Macfadyen, British Champion 2010, won all seven games in the Challengers' League to earn the right to defend his title. This year he will be playing Nick Krempel (3 dan London), who won five games in the League, in a best of 3 final. Hui Wang and Alistair Wall just missed out on playing for the title by one win each.
The qualifiers for the British Go Championship are based on their performance in UK tournaments. The qualifying requirement for the Candidates' Tournament is to have an EGF rating of 1900 or higher immediately after the end of at least one tournament, played between April in the previous year and the end of March, in which the candidate played in all rounds. You must also be a BGA member and satisfy the residency requirements in section A.2 of the official rules.
28 players from 2 kyu to 5 dan attended the Candidates' Tournament held at Selwyn College in Cambridge. Andrew Kay (4 dan) was unbeaten winner and Des Cann (4 dan) won five out of six. The rest of the qualifiers, on 4/6, were Hui Wang (5 dan), Alan Thornton (1 dan), William Brooks (3 dan), Nick Krempel (3 dan) and Alistair Wall (3 dan). The reserves, also on 4/6, were David Ward, Richard Hunter and Paul Taylor.
Champion Matthew Macfadyen was on hand for two days in the Lyttleton Room to analyse the players' games and suss out the likely opposition.
The entry fee for the British Championship this year was £25, including the Challengers' League, for those who qualify, as well as the Candidates' Tournament.
Vanessa Wong, studying in Shrewsbury, won her playoff game against Richard Hunter in the Challengers' and so qualified to play for the 2010 Title Match against current champion Matthew Macfadyen, who also qualified in the Challengers' with a flawless 7/7 win.
Vanessa won the first game, but Matthew Macfadyen won the next three to retain the title. The last game was actually held on 16th January 2011.
For previous years use the links in the left hand side menu or see the British Championship History.