Archive: Past Go Events in the UK 2014

2015 events

2013 events




Saturday 18th 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. Buffet lunch available. Registration by 9:45. Prize giving by 19:00. Contact Iain Attwell 01628 676792 wintergarden at A BK



Saturday 8th 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 BK

Irish Go Congress

Friday 14th February to Sunday 16th February. 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. 25th Anniversary of Irish Go. Contact Rory Wales rorywales at A

Oxford *** Cancelled ***

Oxford Professionals Visit

Thursday 27th February 19:30 - 22:30 Lecture Room 3, First Floor, Thom Building, Dept. Engineering Science, Parks Road OX1 3PJ Talk/Presentation, followed by Simultaneous games More Info

European Youth Go Championship

Friday 28th February - Monday 3rd March. Butlin's, Bognor Regis, West Sussex. Opening Friday evening. Two rounds on each of Saturday, Sunday and Monday. More Info

British Go Congress

Friday 28th February - Sunday 2nd March. Butlin's, Bognor Regis, West Sussex. Friday evening the British Lightning. Saturday and Sunday the British Open. BGA AGM Saturday evening. Training session Monday 3rd March. A SC BK More Info


North London Kobayashi Chizu Visit

Tuesday 4th March 19:30 North London Go Club in Hampstead Please let Michael Webster know if you wish to come.

Edinburgh Kobayashi Chizu Visit

Thursday 6th March 18:00 - 22:00 Edinburgh University (exact location to be decided) There will be two sessions - 18:00 - 19:30 and 20:15 to 22:00 with a buffet sandwich meal between the two sessions. If you are intending to come please let Boris Mitrovic know; he will also be pleased to answer any questions.

Sussex Go Day

Saturday 8th March. The Fishbourne Centre, 46 Blackboy Lane, Fishbourne, West Sussex PO18 8BE A drop-in day from 10:30 to 15:00 for anyone who wants to learn Go or just play it for fun. Contact Peter Wendes pwendes at 02392 267648.


Sunday 9th March. Parkside Community College, Parkside, Cambridge CB1 1EH. 3 Round McMahon tournament. Time limit 60 minutes, with variable increasing overtime. Registration by 09:45. Prize-giving by 18:45. Contact Ryutaro Ikeda. A

Isle of Skye Tournament

Saturday 15th March–Sunday 16th March. Tongadale Hotel, Wentworth Street, Portree, Isle of Skye IV51 9EJ. 6 round McMahon. (Small board event Friday evening.) Contact John Macdonald or Carel Goodheir carelgoodheir at B SC


Saturday 29th March. 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 A


International Teams Spring Match

Saturday 5th April (provisional). Melton Mowbray pub, Holborn, London (provisional). For teams of three; individuals usually required as reserves. Contact Jonathan Turner je_turner at

Welwyn Garden City

Saturday 26th April. Red Lion, 88 Great North Road, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL9 5EU Registration by 09:30. Prize giving 18:30. 3-round McMahon tournament. Time limit 60 minutes with 20/5 overtime. Buffet lunch available. Contact John Collins jmc at A


Candidates' Tournament

Saturday 3rd May - Monday 5th May. Library Building: Room LIB2, Warwick University For qualifiers only (all British players who are members of the BGA with rating above 1899 from a tournament April 2013 - March 2014). You may be sent a letter/email of invitation. Qualifiers are listed here 6 round Swiss tournament. 90 minutes time limit with 20 moves in 5 minutes overtime. Games start at 10:30 on Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 on Monday. A BC Enter or View entries

Here is a map with the location of the Library. Car Parks 7 or 8/8a are recommended, they're quite easy to find once on campus.

For accommodation in Coventry and travel info is recommended.

For B&B style rooms on campus itself (not the cheapest and limited availability, so book soon) use


Sunday 4th May. Warwick University. 5 round McMahon tournament (35 minutes) for kyu players only. Registration by 10:00. Prizes at 18:15. Contact Jonathan Green green.jonathan at C

British Youth National Go Squad and Non-Squad Training Day

Monday 5th May. Letchworth Garden City. More Info


Sunday 11th 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

British Pair Go Championships

Saturday 17th May. Red Lion, 88 Great North Road, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL9 5EU A tournament for teams of one male and one female who play alternately with 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 18:00. Contact Francis Roads, 61 Malmesbury Road, London E18 2NL 020 85054381 francis.roads at


Saturday 17th May - Sunday 18th May. Bridge Club, St Mary's Road, Galway City, Ireland. 5 round Swiss. 50 minutes with 20 second byoyomi (3 times). Registration by 10:50 Saturday. Prize-giving 17:00 Sunday. Contact Kevin Doherty kevindoherty1984 @ B

British Youth

Sunday 18th May. 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.

Challengers' League

Saturday 24th May to Tuesday 27th May Club 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 24th May - Sunday 25th 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. Sponsored by Confucius Institute (Glasgow branch) with prize fund of about £250. Contact Donald Macleod donald.macleod at A SC BK



Saturday 14th – Sunday 15th June. Pemberton Rooms PG20 and PG21, Pemberton Building, Palace Green, Durham. 6 Round McMahon. Contact Andrew Ambrose-Thurman at B

Welsh Open

Saturday 21st June - Sunday 22nd 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 BK

UK Go Challenge Finals

Saturday 21st June. 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. Entries fees now reduced thanks to the Cambridge Youth Go Project. Contact Tony Atkins 01189268143 info at More on UK Go Challenge

Milton Keynes

Saturday 28th June. 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 A



Mind Sports Olympiad

Sunday 17th – Monday 25th August. JW3, 341-351 Finchley Road, London NW3 6ET. 18th edition. No events Saturday 23rd. Prize fund sponsored by Mitsubishi Electric UK and Winton Capital Management.

MSO 9x9

Sunday 24th August. 10:15 to 13:45. 4-round swiss 9x9 games. 20mins. Entry fee £10. Prizes: medals plus £40, £30 and £20.

MSO Small Board

Sunday 24th August. 14:15 to 18:00. 4-round swiss 13x13 games. 20 mins. Entry fee £10. Prizes: medals plus £80, £40 and £20.

MSO Open

Monday 25th August. 10:15 to 18:00. 4-round Swiss. 40 mins + 30 in 5 overtime. Entry fee £15. Prizes: medals plus £125, £75 and £50. B

Japan Day

Monday 25th August. Midland Hotel, Peter Street, Manchester, M60 2DS. The BGA will have a stand at the Manchester Japanese festival, a showcase for everything related to Japanese culture.


Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st August. Belfast Boat Club, Lockview Road, Stranmillis, Belfast BT9 5FH. 5-round McMahon Tournament. Registration by 10:30. Prizegiving 16:30 Sunday. Contact James Hutchinson james8hut at B



Sunday 7th September. 4th Floor, Bank of East Asia, 3 - 5 Charlotte Street, Manchester M1 4HB. In city centre near to public transport links. 3-round McMahon. 50-minutes with increasing overtime. Registration 09:45 to 10:00. Prize giving 17:45. Sponsored by Bank of East Asia and SAM Properties - reduced entry fees, enhanced prize fund - first prize £100. Contact Chris Kirkham 0161 9039023 cckirkham at B BK


Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th 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 20th September. Hinstock Memorial Hall, Shropshire, TF9 2TE 3-round McMahon tournament. 55 minutes per round plus progressive overtime. Includes a mystery problem set with associated brief teaching session. Homemade lunches available and post-tournament dinner locally. Registration by 10:20. Contact Roger Huyshe B BK

British Championship Match

Saturday 27th September ** Postponed due to ill health **. Game 1 in this year's Title Match between Andrew Kay and Alex Kent. BC More Info


Sunday 28th September. Even Swindon Community Centre, Old School, Jennings Street, Swindon, SN2 2BG. 3-round McMahon Tournament. 60 minutes time limit + overtime. Registration by 10:15. Prize giving 18:15. Preferably by email to Christian Scarff xianscarff @, but phone entries will also be accepted on 07799 630061. A


International Teams Autumn Match

Saturday 4th October. Melton Mowbray pub, Holborn, London, EC1N 2LE. Registration 12:00 - 12:30. For teams of three; individuals usually required as reserves. Three rounds (sudden death). Contact Jonathan Turner je_turner at

East Midlands

Saturday 11th October. 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

British Championship Match

Saturday 11th October. Game 1 in this year's Title Match between Andrew Kay and Alex Kent, location 40 Enterprise Lane, Campbell Park, Milton Keynes MK9 4AP. Live relay on KGS from 10:00. BC More Info

British Championship Match

Sunday 12th October. Game 2 in this year's Title Match between Andrew Kay and Alex Kent, location 40 Enterprise Lane, Campbell Park, Milton Keynes MK9 4AP. Live relay on KGS from 10:00 or a bit earlier. BC More Info

British Small Board

Sunday 19th October. Umney Lounge, Robinson College, Cambridge, CB3 9AN. 8-round double elimination, then handicap, tournament. Time limit 15 minutes. Registration by 10:25. Prize giving 17:00. Contact Paul Smith 01223 563932 paul.smith25 at Flyer


Sunday 26th 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. B Contact David King davidking68 at


Letchworth Garden City 1st Rapid Play

Saturday 8th November. Central Methodist Church Hall, Norton Way South, Letchworth Garden City, Herts, SG6 3TR 6 rounds 30 minutes sudden death. Graded sections for prize purposes. Even games where possible, otherwise handicap as appropriate. Separate junior sections for youth squad members and novices. Contact Alison Bexfield 01462 684648 letchworthrapidplay at C

Three Peaks

Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th 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). Accommodation available at the Inn. Registration by 10:45 Saturday. Prive giving 15:15 Sunday. Contact Bob Bagot B

UCC Cork

Saturday 15th November–Sunday 16th November. Mardyke Pavilion, UCC, Cork, Ireland. 5-round Swiss Tournament (handicap minus one). Time limit 50 minutes with byoyomi. First prize 150 euro. Registration by 10:00 Saturday. Prize-giving by 16:30 Sunday. Contact go at B


Saturday 29th November. Science Concourse, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL. 3 round McMahon tournament. Registration by 10:30. Prize-giving by 19:00. Contact Bruno Poltronieri go at A

British Championship Match

Saturday 29th November. Game 3 in this year's Title Match between Andrew Kay and Alex Kent. Broadcast on KGS. BC More Info


South London

Saturday 6th December. Quaker Meeting House, 60 Park Lane, Croydon, CR0 1JE Teaching in the morning and 3-round rapid play (40 mins sd) kyu players' tournament if the afternoon. Registration 09:30 to 10:15. Contact David Cantrell david at Entry now full. C

Edinburgh Christmas

Saturday 13th 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 0141 8806169. B SC

London Open

Sunday 28th–Wednesday 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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