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Durham Go Tournament 2014

Details | BBQ | Entry Form | Timetable | Travel | Accommodation | Meals and Social Stuff | Useful Information

Tournament Details

DateSaturday June 14th - Sunday June 15th
VenuePalace Green (Pemberton Building, PG20 and PG21 - next to Durham Cathedral)
Format6 Round McMahon; Class B
Komi 7
Rules Default BGA Tournament rules apply except that handicaps, where relevant, will be at the McMahon difference and that komi will be 7. (If you don't know what this means, don't worry, you don't need to.) Mobile phones should be switched off during play.
Time Limits40 minutes main time. Increasing overtime of 10 stones in 5 minutes, then 20 in 5, 30 in 5, etc.
Registration10:30am-11:00am, Saturday 14th June
Prize GivingFinished by 17:00pm on Sunday 15th June
Side events Lightning, 13x13
Entry Fee£20 for non-concessions
£10 for concessions (including first tournament)

(Prices are halved for one day entry - let us know by email if you are only able to attend one day)
ContactAndrew Ambrose-Thurman (go.club@dur.ac.uk)

Extra prizes

There has been a last minute addition to the tournament prizes - Go Game Guru has very kindly offered us 6 months' worth of free subscriptions to Baduk TV English, worth $120. This will probably be split into multiple prizes.

Other prizes include alcohol, chocolate, and our usual Goat Ornament!

Entry Form

If you would like to make multiple entries, ask questions or have an otherwise complicated entry, please send an email to go.club@dur.ac.uk with the details below, otherwise, simply fill in the form and press "Enter".

Email Address
BGA Member? No Yes
Concession No Yes (Under-18; in full-time education, or unwaged.)
(Note that you can change this on registration!)
Attending Tournament BBQ

Entry Graph

4d+: 2
1-3d: 5
1-5k: 7
6-10k: 6
11-15k: 4
16-20k: 1
21-25k: 1
26k+: 0


Saturday 14th:

Registration:10.30 - 11.00
Round 1:11.00 - 12.30
Lunch:12.30 - 13.15
Round 2:13.15 - 14.45
Break:14.45 - 15.15
Round 3:15.15 - 16.45
BBQ:6pm onwards

Sunday 15th:

Round 4:10.00 - 11.30
Break:11.30 - 12.00
Round 5:12.00 - 13.30
Lunch:13.30 - 14.15
Round 6:14.15 - 15.45
Prizegiving:16.00 - 16.30
Dinner / drinks:5pm onwards


On Saturday evening we will be having a Go playing BBQ at a nearby house. All are welcome to come to this, whether or not you've entered the tournament - including partners/families/etc. (Go playing is not compulsory!)

There will be plenty of meat (and vegetarian options), plenty of drink, and plenty of opportunity for Go playing. Inside if wet.

The Go BBQ will be £5 per head (£2 for under 12s), and this includes unlimited food and soft drinks (last year everyone seemed stuffed when they left). There's a nearby supermarket where alcohol can be bought if wanted.

To help us to plan how much to buy, please let us know if you're planning to come to just the BBQ but not the tournament (enter above, and deselect 'Tournament'. It's probably fine to just turn up (or not), but it'll be handy to know rough numbers).

The BBQ will be at 36, Wakenshaw Road, DH1 1EW (in Gilesgate). It's about a 10-15 minute walk from the tournament venue.


By Train
Durham is easily accessible by train, as it is on the East Coast Main Line and has direct connections to several major cities. Travel time is about 3 hours from London, 2 hours from Edinburgh, 3 hours 30 minutes from Liverpool, 2 hours 30 minutes from Manchester, 4 hours 30 minutes from Bristol.
Last train from London Kings Cross which will get you to Durham in time for the tournament: 07:30
Last train from Edinburgh which will get you to Durham in time for the tournament: 09:00
Having arrived at the station, you may wish to use either the Cathedral Bus or to walk, which will take about 15-20 minutes.
By Road
Durham is generally approached from both North and South via the A1M. Which junction you choose to leave the motorway from will depend on which bit of Durham you are heading for and where you are coming from.
Palace Green is normally closed to parking, and there is a congestion charge to pay if you drive onto Palace Green. The nearest parking is the Prince Bishops Centre multi-storey.
For most Go players, we recommend that you park either at your accommodation and walk (Durham is a beautiful city which you will appreciate far more on foot!), or use either the Durham Park and Ride or the Prince Bishops Centre multi-storey. The Cathedral Bus stops opposite the Palace Green rooms.
You would have to leave London on the Saturday morning by 6.30am to get to Durham in time for the tournament.
You would have to leave Edinburgh on the Saturday morning by 8am to get to Durham in time for the tournament.


Durham has several hotels and B&Bs; some useful places to look are listed below.

Since the tournament is held during term time, accommodation in Colleges is likely to be limited. However, there may be some accommodation available, see Durham Colleges for more information.

A limited amount of crash-space may be available with student Go players for the deserving. Please contact us if you would like us to try to find some for you.

Meals and Social Stuff

On Saturday evening we will be having a Go playing BBQ at a nearby house. (Not playing Go at the BBQ is also permitted).

On Sunday, after prizegiving, we'll be going to the Bridge - a pub near the station - for an early dinner and drinks while people wait for their trains.

Other Useful Information

Tea, coffee and refreshments will be provided at the venue, on an honesty box system. If you would like to donate any cakes/biscuits/etc. then they would be gratefully received!

Next door to the venue is a cafe, and there are numerous other cafes and restaurants nearby.

Other places you might like to visit while in Durham include:

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