Archive: Past Go Events in the UK 2013

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Saturday 19th January. Hitachi Europe Head Office at Whitebrook Park, Lower Cookham Road, Maidenhead, SL6 8YA. 3-round McMahon tournament. Time limit 60 minutes with increasing overtime (10/5, 20/5 etc). Flexible komi with players bidding to play black. Registration by 9:45. Prize giving by 19:00. Contact Iain Attwell 01628 676792 wintergarden at A



Saturday 9th February. Frodsham Community Centre, Fluin Lane, Frodsham, Cheshire, WA6 7QN. 3-round open (top 8 players) and 5-round handicap. Time limits 60 mins and 30 mins, with 40/5 overtime. Registration by 10:30. Prize-giving by 18:30. Contact Tony Atkins 0118-9268143 cheshire at B / C


Saturday 16th February. St. Edmund Hall, Queens Lane, Oxford, OX1 4AR 3-round McMahon tournament. Time limit 50 minutes with 30/5 overtime. Financial support and extra prizes for Under-9s, Under-12s, Under-15s, and Under-18s. Additional (faster) interleaved Novices Tournament (9x9, 13x13, or 19x19) with gifts, and yet more prizes. Free Entry Draw. Cheap Brunch. Limited accommodation with local players. Registration by 09:45. Prize giving by 18:00. Optional supper 18:30. Contact Harry Fearnley. B SHOP

Welwyn Garden City

Saturday 23rd February. Welwyn Garden City Bridge Club room, Gosling Stadium, Welwyn Garden City AL8  6XE. Registration by 09:30. Prize giving 18:30. 3-round McMahon tournament. Time limit 60 minutes with 20/5 overtime. Buffet lunch available. A


Confucius Cup (Irish Open)

Friday 1st - Sunday 3rd March. Teachers Club, 36 Parnell Square, Dublin 1, Ireland. Friday evening: Irish Rapid Play. Saturday and Sunday: 5 round McMahon tournament. Time limit 60 minutes with 15/5 overtime. Level 1 European Cup tournament. Teaching by Csaba Mero 6d. Contact Rory Wales rorywales at A


Saturday 9th March Parkside Community College Cambridge CB1 1EH. 3 Round McMahon tournament. Time limit 60 minutes, with variable overtime increasing to 50/5. Registration by 10:00. Prize-giving by 18:45. Contact David Ward. B

British Youth

Sunday 17th March. King Edward VI Aston School, Frederick Road, Aston, Birmingham, B6 6DJ 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. Registration by 09:45. Prize-giving by 17:00.

Training Day with Cornel Burzo

Saturday 23rd March. Cleansing Service Group Ltd, 5 Barnes Wallis Road, Segensworth East, Fareham, PO15 5TT Contact Paul Quigley paul.quigley130 at

Junior Teaching/Demonstration

Saturday 30th March. St Augustine’s Hall, Richmond Road, Cambridge CB4 3PS. With Michael Redmond 9p at Cambridge Junior Chess and Go Club. From 16:00 to 18:00. Contact Paul Smith 01223 563932.

Strong Players Training

Sunday 31st March and Monday 1st April. Cambridge. With Michael Redmond 9p. Limited to 20 players, priority to the strongest. Contact Toby Manning treasurer at



Tuesday 2nd April. Swindon. With Michael Redmond 9p. Contact Paul Barnard.


Wednesday 3rd April. Olde Custom House, Chester. With Michael Redmond 9p. 16:00-18:30 and 19:30-22:30. Contact Pat Ridley patrick.ridley at for further details.


Thursday 4th April. Leamington Spa. With Michael Redmond 9p. Contact Kirsty Healey mshealey at


Friday 5th April. Stevenage (British Go Congress). With Michael Redmond 9p. From 14:00

British Go Congress

Friday 5th April to Sunday 7th April. Ramada Cromwell Hotel, Old Town High Street, Stevenage. With Michael Redmond 9p teaching from 14:00 on the Friday. Friday evening 19:30 the British Lightning. Saturday and Sunday the British Open. Prize giving 17:30. BGA AGM 19:00 Saturday evening, then tournament dinner. Contact Alison Bexfield. A SC

International Teams Spring Match

Sunday 14th April. Nippon Club, Samuel House, 6 St Albans Street, London, SW1Y 4SQ (near Piccadilly Circus). For teams of three - even and handicap divisions - individuals usually required as reserves. 10:00 for 10:30 start. Contact Jonathan Turner je_turner at


Saturday 20th April. Newman House (The University of Birmingham Catholic Chaplaincy), 29 Harrisons Road, B15 3QR 3-round McMahon tournament. Time limit 60 minutes with increasing overtime (10/5, 20/5 etc). Registration by 10:00. Prize giving by 19:00. Contact Andrew Russell birminghamgoclub at


Candidates' Tournament

Saturday 4th May to Monday 6th May. Edinburgh University Students' Association buildings, 48-60 Pleasance, Edinburgh EH8 9TJ. For qualifiers only (all British players who are members of the BGA with rating above 1899 from a tournament April 2012 - March 2013). You may be sent a letter/email of invitation. You can check online if you may qualify. 6 round Swiss tournament. 90 minutes time limit with 20 moves in 5 minutes overtime. Contact Jenny Radcliffe jenny at A BC SC


Sunday 5th May. Junior Parlour, Whewell's Court, Trinity Street, Cambridge CB2 1TQ. 5 round McMahon tournament for kyu players only. Registration by 10:00. Prizes at 18:15. Contact Jonathan Green green.jonathan at C


Sunday 12th May. Woosehill Community Centre, Emmview Close, Wokingham, RG41 3DA. 3 round McMahon tournament. 60 minutes time limit with 30 moves in 5 minutes overtime. Registration by 10:00. Prizegiving 18:45. Contact Ian Marsh 01344 422296 bracknell at B

Challengers' League

Friday 24th May to Monday 27th May. Nash Room, International Student House (ISH), 229 Great Portland Street, London, W1W 5PN. For qualifiers from the Candidates' Tournament only. BC A

Scottish Open (Glasgow)

Saturday 25th May - Sunday 26th May. Gilchrist Postgraduate Club, University of Glasgow, University Avenue, Glasgow G12 8QQ 6 round McMahon. 60 minutes with increasing overtime. Registration Saturday by 10:30. Prize Giving at 18:15 Sunday. Contact Donald Macleod donald.macleod at A SC



Saturday 1st June. 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


Saturday 8th June - Sunday 9th June. Bridge Club, St Mary's Road, Galway City, Ireland. 5 round McMahon. 50 minutes with 20 second byoyomi. Registration by 10:50 Saturday. Prize-giving 17:00 Sunday. Contact Claas Roever claas.roever at or Rick Brennan +353-91-555878 B

British Pair Go Championships

Sunday 9th June. Foxcombe Lodge Hotel, Boars Hill, Oxford, OX1 5DP. A tournament for teams of one male and one female who play alternately with no conferring. The top 8 pairs play for the title. Remaining pairs play in the handicap section. Contact Francis Roads, 61 Malmesbury Road, London E18 2NL 020 85054381 francis.roads at


Saturday 15th – Sunday 16th June. Rooms ER145-147, Elvet Riverside, New Elvet, Durham. DH1 3JT Registration by 11:00 Saturday. Prize-giving by 17:00 Sunday. 6 Round McMahon. Contact Andrew Thurman andrew at B

Welsh Open

Saturday 22nd – Sunday 23rd June. Min-Y-Mor Hotel, The Promenade, Barmouth, LL42 1HW Registration by 12:30 Saturday. Prize-giving 15:30 Sunday. 5-round McMahon tournament. Time limit 50 minutes with 20/5 overtime. Contact Tony Pitchford 07870 893153 tony at B


Milton Keynes

Saturday 6th July. Sports Pavillion, Open University, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA. Registration by 10:15. Prize-giving 18:30. 3-round McMahon tournament. Time limit 65 minutes with 30/5 overtime. Contact Ben Ellis ben.ellis at

UK Go Challenge Finals

Saturday 6th July. Milton Primary School, Humphries Way, Milton, Cambridge CB24 6DL. Arrive by 11:00, depart by 16:00. 13x13 tournament for all youngsters (under-18) whether qualified from UK Go Challenge heats or not. Those still learning to play are encouraged to take part as well as those with established grades. Titles in age groups for boys and for girls. Contact Tony Atkins 01189268143 info at More on UK Go Challenge


Mind Sports Olympiad

Saturday 17th – Sunday 25th August. University of London Union, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HY. 16th edition

Isle Of Man Go Festival

Sunday 18th - Friday 23rd August. Cherry Orchard, Port Erin, Isle of Man IM9 6AN. 11th edition - many events planned: Main Tournament mornings 18th-20th/22nd/23th, Afternoon Tournament 18th-20th, Handicap Tournament afternoons 22nd/23rd, Die Hards or Day Trip 21st, Quiz, Rengo, Music, 13x13, closing dinner (evenings). Also teaching sessions, mostly aimed at novices and improving players. Contact Leo Phillips A SHOP

MSO Small Board

Saturday 24th August. University of London Union, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HY. 14:15 to 18:00. 13x13 boards. Entry fee £10 (Juniors £9). Go introduction in the morning.

MSO Open

Sunday 25th August. University of London Union, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HY. 10:00 to 18:15. 4-round McMahon. 40 mins + 30 in 5 overtime. Entry fee £15 (Juniors £13). B



Sunday 1st September. Stockport Masonic Guildhall, 169 Wellington Road South, Stockport, SK1 3UA. Large car park at rear, near to public transport links. 3-round McMahon. Registration 09:45 to 10:00. Prize giving 18:00. Contact Chris Kirkham 0161 9039023 chris at B

Sino-British Weiqi Event

Saturday 7th September 1-6pm The Hugh and Catherine Stevenson Lecture Theatre, British Museum, London. Guest Speaker: Mr. Runan Wang, 8 dan professional.


Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September. The Queens Hotel, The Promenade, Penzance, TR18 4HG, tel. 01736 362371. Handicap Tournament takes place on Saturday afternoon. Registration by 13:30. Open Tournament takes place Sunday. 3-round McMahon. Registration by 09:45. Buffet lunch. Prize giving by 18:45. Teaching Event Saturday morning, 10:00 to 12:30. Contact John Culmer 01326 573167 johnculmer at A


Saturday 21st September. Hinstock Memorial Hall, Shropshire, TF9 2TE 3-round McMahon tournament. 50 minutes per round plus progressive overtime. Includes a formal game review teaching session at tiered levels. Homemade lunches available and post-tournament dinner locally. Registration by 10:20. Contact Roger Huyshe B SHOP


International Teams Autumn Match

Sunday 6th October ** Change of Date ** Nippon Club, Samuel House, 6 St Albans Street, London, SW1Y 4SQ (near Piccadilly Circus).

East Midlands

Saturday 12th October ** Change of Date ** Thorpe Astley Community Centre, Lakin Drive, Thorpe Astley, Leicestershire, LE3 3RU. 3-round McMahon Tournament. Time limit 60 minutes with 40/5 overtime. Registration by 09:45. Prize giving 18:15. Contact Peter Fisher B


Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th October. 5-round McMahon Tournament. Registration by 10:30. Prizegiving 16:30 Sunday. Belfast Boat Club, Lockview Road, Stranmillis, Belfast BT9 5FH. Contact James Hutchinson james8hut at B


Sunday 27th 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. Contact David King davidking68 at BK B


Strong Players' Weekend With Guo Juan

Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th November. Letchworth Garden City. This weekend is by invitation only. The weekend, part of an ongoing series of events, will bring together some of the UK’s strongest players for an intensive training weekend with the aim of increasing the number of UK players graded over 2400. Invitations will be sent to BGA members with a grade over 2100. There is a maximum number of 16 and priority will be given according to Go strength, with some preference towards younger players. Final confirmation will be sent out to those people who have responded by 30th September. If you think you should have received an invitation but have not please contact Alison Bexfield (alison at

British Championship Match

Saturday 16th November. Game 1 in this year's Title Match between Andrew Kay and Andrew Simons, location 40 Enterprise Lane, Campbell Park, Milton Keynes MK9 4AP, (with live relay on KGS from 10:00 featuring commentary by Alexandr Dinerchtein 3p). BC More Info

Three Peaks

Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th November. Commodore Inn, Main Street, Grange-over-Sands, LA11 6DY Tel 015395 32381 5-round McMahon tournament. Time limits 50 minutes with increasing overtime (20/5, 30/5, 40/5, 40/5 etc). Registration by 10:45 Saturday. Prive giving 15:15 Sunday. Contact Bob Bagot BK B

British Championship Match

Saturday 23rd November. Game 2 in this year's Title Match between Andrew Kay and Andrew Simons, location 40 Enterprise Lane, Campbell Park, Milton Keynes MK9 4AP, (with live relay on KGS from 11:00 featuring commentary by Guo Juan 5p). BC More Info


Saturday 30th November *** changed date ***. University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL. 3 round McMahon tournament. Registration by 10:30. Prize-giving by 19:00. Contact Bruno Poltronieri A


South London

Saturday 7th December. Quaker Meeting House, 60 Park Lane, Croydon, CR0 1JE Teaching in the morning and 3-round rapid play (30 mins sd) kyu players' tournament if the afternoon. Registration by 10:15 to about 17:30. Contact David Cantrell david at - Entry now closed. C

Edinburgh Christmas

Saturday 7th December. Old St Paul’s Episcopal Church Hall, Jeffrey Street, Edinburgh EH1 1DH. 4-round McMahon tournament. Time limit 45 minutes with 30/5 overtime. Registration by 09:45. Prizegiving 18:00. Contact Donald MacLeod donald.macleod284 at B SC

UCC Cork

Saturday 7th December–Sunday 8th December. Western Gateway Building, UCC, Cork, Ireland. 5-round Swiss Tournament (handicap minus one). Time limit 50 minutes with byoyomi. Registration by 10:00 Saturday. Prize-giving by 16:30 Sunday. Contact go at B

London Open

Saturday 28th–Tuesday 31st December. International Student House (ISH), 229 Great Portland Street, London, W1W 5PN. McMahon tournament with 7 rounds. Time limit 90 minutes with 20/5 overtime. Also Lightning, Pair Go and Rengo tournaments. A More Info

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