British Go Congress

Cambridge, April 7th– 9th 2017


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The venue for this year's British Go Congress will be the Centre for Mathematical Sciences in Cambridge.

Cambridge itself needs no introduction. It is at the heart of "Silicon Fen"; the birthplace of John Maynard Keynes, David Gilmour and Douglas Adams. Its University boasts alumni including Newton, Babbage, Darwin and Turing. Think Colleges, Footlights, punting, bicycles.

The Centre for Mathematical Sciences is the home of the University's mathematics departments, a focal point for world leading teaching and research. We hope that many of you will join us here for the British Go Congress 2017 and to enjoy the city!

Getting Here

Pavilion A (aka "Central Core")
Centre for Mathematical Sciences
Wilberforce Road

For detailed information about getting to the Centre for Mathematical Sciences, including route maps and timetables, see: (or this cached version)

To get to Cambridge itself, see:

By Car

Free parking is available on-site for attendees.

The Centre for Mathematical Sciences is to the west of the city centre. Junction 13 of the M11 is the closest junction if arriving via motorway. Note that you should enter Wilberforce Road from Madingley Road as there is no vehicular access to the site from the south.

By Train

The train station is about 3 miles (an hour's walk) from the venue. There is a taxi rank.

Most bus services from the station go into the city centre. Change for the Citi4 service from Drummer Street which stops on Madingley Road near Wilberforce Road. The "UniVersal" service goes directly from the train station to Madingley Road on Fridays.

By Plane

There are easy connections from London Stansted airport. Cambridge is also within easy reach of London Heathrow, London Gatwick and Birmingham International Airport.


Teaching Session

Former British Champion Matthew Macfadyen will lead a teaching session on Friday afternoon. Provisional title is "How to kill groups". There will be an additional charge of £6 for those attending the session (concessions £4, youth £2).

British Lightning Tournament

The 2017 British Lightning Tournament will take place on the Friday evening. The initial rounds will take place in a round-robin format, followed by a knockout stage for the final two rounds.

  • Rounds: Approx. 5
  • Time limits: 12 minutes sudden-death
  • Rules: BGA tournament rules
  • Handicap: Grade difference
  • Komi: 7.5 in even games
  • Rated: Not rated

British Open

The 2017 British Open Tournament will take place over the Saturday and Sunday of the event as a six round McMahon tournament.

  • Rounds: 6
  • Time limits: 60 minutes + 10/5 + 20/5 + 30/5 + ... (progressive Canadian overtime)
  • Rules: BGA tournament rules
  • Handicap: McMahon difference - 1 (where required)
  • Komi: 7.5 in even games
  • Rated: EGF class A

Continuous 13x13

A self-paired 13x13 competition will run alongside the main tournament.


There will be a selection of books for sale from the British Go Association's stocks.

Friday, 7th April

14:00 - 17:00 Teaching Session
19:00 - 22:00 British Lightning Tournament

Saturday, 8th April

09:00 - 09:45 Registration
10:00 - 12:30 British Open - round 1
12:30 - 13:30 Buffet lunch
13:30 - 16:00 British Open - round 2
16:15 - 18:45 British Open - round 3
18:45 - 19:00 AGM of T Mark Hall Foundation
19:00 - 20:00 AGM of British Go Association
20:30 - 22:00 Group meal

Sunday, 9th April

09:30 - 12:00 British Open - round 4
12:00 - 13:00 Buffet lunch
13:00 - 15:30 British Open - round 5
15:45 - 18:15 British Open - round 6
18:30 - 18:45 Prizegiving


We recommend staying at Churchill College which is a few minute's walk north of the venue and offers single, twin and double rooms from between £51–£90 per night including breakfast.

Please book directly through the College's online booking system.

For other options, see Visit Cambridge or University Rooms


Complimentary tea, coffee, squash and biscuits will be available throughout the event. There are also vending machines in the Central Core.


A buffet lunch will be provided. Cost is £15 in total for both days. Tick the relevant box on the registration form and we will contact you closer to the event to confirm arrangements.

Alternatively, you are welcome to bring your own food to eat. Also, hot lunches are available from the Churchill College cafeteria, where a two course meal is likely to cost around £6.

Saturday Evening Group Dinner

If you wish to enjoy a group meal with other players on Saturday evening after the AGM, please tick the relevant box on the registration form, to help us ensure the reservation is for the correct number of people.

Tables have been reserved for 8:15pm at "Mee and I" (menu), which is about a 15 minute walk from the playing area, near the top of Castle Hill. A group will be walking over together after the AGM.

Registration & Fees

Registration has closed.

Players at the British Open included:

Tournament Results

British Open winner
  • Qinmeng Zhang (7d)
6 wins
  • George Han (5k)
5 wins
  • Matthew Macfadyen (5d)
  • Lucas Baker (2d)
  • Alan Thornton (1k)
  • Richard Wheeldon (3k)
  • Alan Stokes (10k)
Best DDK
  • Alan Stokes (10k)
Best Family
  • Smith (beating Bexfield and Ghica)
Continuous 13x13 winner
  • Charlotte Bexfield
Travelled Furthest to Congress
  • Steve Heim (from Germany)
Fighting Spirit
  • Sebastian Bartholomew
  • Andreas Ghica (runner-up)
Individual Game Results