Pair Go in UK
British Pair Go Championships
In the UK, we held our first qualifying event for Pair Go in Hyde Park, as part of the 1991 Japanese Festival. Since 1995, we have held an annual British Pair Go Championships (BPGC) which has become one the best events on the Go calendar. There are many prizes, including one for the Best Dressed pair. Normally the top eight British pairs (based on average grade) play for the championship, whilst others play in a handicap section. Because the top section players also play for points to allow them to represent the UK in both the European Pair Go Championship and International Amateur Pair Go Championship, the section includes a maximum of two pairs that may have one national and one non-national player. The BPGC is included in the illustrated Annual Report sent to the Japanese Pair Go Committee for their records.
|Place||Champions||Handicap Winners||Annual Report/|
|2022||London Go Centre||Gaoge Wang & Peikai Xue||Lea Wong & Gene Wong|
|2019||Hatfield||Joanne Leung & Bruno Poltronieri||Lizzy Pollitt & Sam Barnett||Report |
|2018||Hatfield||Joanne Leung & Bruno Poltronieri||Hilary Bexfield & Edmund Smith||Report|
|2017||Hatfield||Natasha Regan & Matthew Cocke||Sue Paterson & Jack Nolan||Report Photos|
|2016||Hatfield||Joanne Leung & Bruno Poltronieri||Helen Harvey & Daniel Gascoyne||Report Photos|
|2015||Hatfield||Natasha Regan & Matthew Cocke||Charlotte Bexfield & Alex Terry||Report Photos|
|2014||Hatfield||Natasha Regan & Matthew Cocke||Jil Segerman & Pat Ridley||Report Photos|
|2013||Oxford||Kirsty Healey & Matthew Macfadyen||Rebecca Margetts & Oscar Selby||Report|
|2012||Oxford||Natasha Regan & Matthew Cocke||Helen Harvey & Martin Harvey||Report|
|2011||Oxford||Natasha Regan & Matthew Cocke||Sam McCarthy & John Collins||Report|
|2010||Oxford||Natasha Regan & Matthew Cocke||Kelda Smith & Paul Smith||Report Photos|
|2009||Oxford||Kirsty Healey & Matthew Macfadyen||Kelda Smith & Paul Smith||Report Photos|
|2008||Oxford||Kirsty Healey & Matthew Macfadyen||Sam McCarthy & John Collins||Report Photos|
|2007||Oxford||Kirsty Healey & Matthew Macfadyen||Lydia Feasey & Jonathan Englefield||Report|
|2006||Oxford||Kirsty Healey & Matthew Macfadyen||Jackie Chai & John Johnstone||Report|
|2005||Oxford||Natasha Regan & Matthew Cocke||Maria Tabor & Paul Tabor||Report|
|2004||Oxford||Kirsty Healey & Matthew Macfadyen||Pauline Bailey & Steve Bailey||Report
|2003||Oxford||Kirsty Healey & Matthew Macfadyen||Elinor Brooks & Eric Hall||Report|
|2002||Oxford||Kirsty Healey & Matthew Macfadyen||Nicola Hurden & Shawn Hearn||Report|
|2001||Oxford||Kirsty Healey & Matthew Macfadyen||Nicola Hurden & Shawn Hearn||Report|
|2000||Oxford||Emma Marchant & Simon Goss||Fiona Campbell & Jim Edwards||Report|
|1999||Stokenchurch||Kirsty Healey & Matthew Macfadyen||Jini Williams & Fred Holroyd||Report|
|1998||Weedon||Kirsty Healey & Matthew Macfadyen||Pauline Bailey & Steve Bailey||Report|
|1997||Weedon||Kirsty Healey & Matthew Macfadyen||Jennifer Healey & Toby Manning / Yvonne Margetts & Paul Margetts||Newsletter Report|
|1996||Weedon||Alison Jones & Tony Atkins||Alison Ewens & David Woodnutt / Yvonne Mao & Paul Margetts||Newsletter Report|
|1995||Marlow||Kirsty Healey & Matthew Macfadyen||Hannah Ellul & France Ellul / Debbie Jones & Francis Weaver|
|1994||Leamington||Alison Jones & Nick Webber|
|1993||Leamington||Alison Jones & Andrew Jones|
|1992||London||Kirsty Healey & Matthew Macfadyen|
|1991||Hyde Park||Sue Paterson & Jim Barty|
The event has been organised by Matthew Macfadyen (1993 and 1998), Kirsty Healey (1993 and 1994), Alison Jones (now Bexfield) (1995-1997), France Ellul (1999-2001), Tony Atkins (2002) and Francis Roads (2003-2022).
Players earn a point for each game won in the BPGC towards earning the right to represent UK at the International Amateur Pair Go Championships. The best Pair are selected using the combined points from each Pair and their points are reset to zero when they go. Official Representatives at the European Pair Go Championships are similarly decided.
Pair Go has been played by all sorts of different pairings and ages of players. Pauline and Steve Bailey are mother and son; Paul and Kelda Smith are father and daughter. Pauline is over 70 and Kelda Smith became the youngest winner in 2009 aged just six. There have been club mates and pairings from opposite ends of the country. There have been a few husband and wife pairs, such as the multiple times champions Kirsty Healey and Matthew Macfadyen, but many avoid it through fear of too many marital arguments! Of course, pairs usually discuss in advance what they will be wearing, so that they can stand a chance of winning the Best Dressed Pair prize.
Other Pair Go events
There have been Pair Go side events at some of the longer competitions such as the London Open, the Isle of Man Go Week, and three times at the Mind Sports Olympiad.
Pair Go Promotion Partners
In order to promote Pair Go in the UK, a British version of the Pair Go Promotion Partners scheme was set up. As well as supporting the ideas behind Pair Go, members of the British PGPP support the BPGC through a donation, which enables it to be held in a nice location and not be expensive for children to take part. In return they get a free entry to the BPGC.
British PGPP members:
- Are enthusiastic about spreading Pair Go in Britain
- Understand that Pair Go is a pair game for ladies and gentlemen who greatly value etiquette
- Appreciate the pleasure of playing Go, yet believe a high level of playing ability is not necessary