This will be the third Isle of Skye Go Tournament. We hope to hold one every second year, alternating with the Isle of Man Go Week.
The dates are just before the tourist season begins, just before everyone here gets busy again, and before pressure on accommodation develops.
The weather can be ‘interesting’ in March. Huge waves may be crashing on the rocks at Neist Point, but we’ll be playing Go in a comfortable hotel’s function room, in the centre of Portree, the island’s only town; experiencing the weather will be an optional extra. That said, in both 2010 and 2012 there was good weather for the tournament.
Friday 21st March
19:30 Small board competition
Saturday 22nd March
09:00 Registration 10:00 Round One 13:30 Round Two 16:00 Round Three
Sunday 23rd March
10:00 Round Four 13:30 Round Five 16:00 Round Six 18:10 Results and prizes
The main tournament will be run on the McMahon system. Each player will get 60 minutes per game. There will be some, ’accelerated’, byo-yomi, , in the first five games but not in the sixth; this is to make sure the prize-giving is not delayed, for the sake of any players who choose the long drive south on the Sunday night.
The small board competition on the Friday evening will have the same format as in 2012: on 9x9 boards, double round robin, four or five players in each league (depending on numbers entering), even games with 7.5 komi. There’ll be a prize for the winner in each league.
Participants can take part in the main tournament on one day or on both.
One day £7.50 (£5.00 unwaged)
Both days £12.00 (£8.00 unwaged)
There is a surcharge of £1.50 per day in the main tournament for anyone who is not a member of the BGA. This helps cover the costs the BGA (British Go Association) has in laying on, insuring and advertising the tournament; these would otherwise have to be met from the members’ subscriptions alone (currently £24.00 per year; £15.00 for concessions). Players from abroad, and the unwaged, are exempt from this surcharge.
The venue will be the Tongadale Hotel, in Wentworth Street, Portree, IV51 9EJ. Wentworth Street is short, and runs from Somerled Square, which is where the buses from Glasgow and Inverness stop, to the top of Quay Brae, the way down to the harbour. There is a clear (google) map in the Tongadale’s website.
In mid-March there is no parking problem in Portree. Free, long-stay, parking is at Bayfield, 300 metres from the Tongadale. The google map in the Bayfield Backpackers website shows where that is. Or park initially at the door of the Tongadale and one of us will show you where Bayfield is.
There are several City Link buses a day between Glasgow and Skye, departing from Buchanan Street Bus Station; some of these go via Glasgow Airport, some do not.
There are frequent shuttle buses from Glasgow Airport to Buchanan Street Bus Station, from where the Skye buses depart. Glasgow Airport is served from many destinations, including Easyjet flights from Stansted and Flybe from Birmingham. Note that Glasgow Prestwick (serve by Ryanair) is a different airport; from there frequent trains, quite cheap, go to Glasgow Central, which is about a mile across the city centre from Buchanan Street Bus Station. There are frequent buses from Edinburgh airport to Buchanan Street Bus Station in Glasgow; the journey time is about an hour. Glasgow Central is also where trains from England arrive.
We do not recommend using the train service from Glasgow to Mallaig to link with a ferry to Skye in March. If a storm forces ferry cancellations it could take a day to get round to Skye by train and bus.
Inverness Airport has flights to and from London and Birmingham. There are shuttle services to Inverness bus station, and several buses a day from there to Skye; these are also Citylink services. There are also trains, on a very scenic line, from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh, and buses from there to Portree.
Since the opening of the M74 extension the best way to drive to Skye from the south is by the M6, M74, M8 to the Erskine Bridge and then up the A82. This goes up the west side of Loch Lomond, and through Fort William; turn left onto the A87 at Invergarry, and cross the Skye Bridge at Kyle of Lochalsh. Driving from Glasgow to Portree usually takes over five hours.
B&B will available at the Tongadale for sure; that early in the season they will probably not be offering full board.
The owner of Givendale Guest House will be playing in the tournament and several of the participants in the previous tournaments stayed there. Givendale is in Heron Place, under half a mile from Wentworth Street. There is a map on the Givendale website.
There are two very similar, equally priced, bunkhouses in the centre of Portree, Bayfield Backpackers and The Portree Independent Hostel.
There are many other places to stay, see Visit Highlands.
The Tongadale Hotel will serve us with tea, coffee and soft drinks, and access to where we will be playing is through the hotel bar.
The Arriba Café, about 50 metres from the Tongadale, will be ready for us at lunch time, between 11:30 an 13:30, and will take orders then for evening meals, which will be served from 18:00 onwards.
Even pre-season there are quite a few other places to eat, from good restaurants to fish and chip shops. Both backpacker hostels have a kitchen for guests who want to cater for themselves.
For more information contact Carel Goodheir or John Macdonald, details below.
Please use the online entry form below: it will help us a lot if all or most of those intending to come to this tournament pre-register.
Alternatively, email us at carelgoodheir“at” gmail.com or write, if possible with the information asked for in the online entry form, to:
6 Raasay Court
Isle of Skye
Or phone John MacDonald on 01478 611207 or Carel Goodheir on 01478 611763
Do not send money now, please, that will be collected on the day.