The Go Club will be trialing face to face meetings for one session per week. The remaining sessions will be online. If case numbers rise, both sessions may move back online.

This is a trial, and may change at any time. Starting from the beginning of October, the Monday session will remain online, but there will be a Thursday session in the Elm Tree.

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Durham Go Tournament 2021

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Tournament Details

DateSaturday June 19th - Sunday June 20th
Time zoneAll times given are BST (GMT +1)
VenueOGS (online due to the pandemic)
Format6 Round McMahon; Class D
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!)
Time Limits45 minutes main time, then 30 stones in 5 minutes Canadian byo yomi
RegistrationAll entries for Round 1 by 9am, Saturday 19th June.
New entries for later rounds must inform the Tournament Director at least one hour before the round.
ResultsResults should be announced shortly after 6pm, Sunday 20th June
Entry FeeThe tournament will be free to enter
ContactAndrew Ambrose-Thurman (

Entry Form

To sign up, please send an email to with your name, club, rank, and which rounds you are planning to attend.

Note that you can change your grade on registration, if it's no longer correct.

If you register but then can't make the tournament, please let us know - otherwise we will assume you are playing!

If you do not have an OGS account, please register with the site in advance of the tournament. If you have trouble with this, there will be a session on the Friday evening to help talk you through it.

Entry Graph

4d+: 6
1-3d: 7
1-5k: 20
6-10k: 35
11-15k: 15
16-20k: 5
21-25k: 2
26k+: 0

If no one has signed up around your rank yet, please sign up yourself to encourage them!

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Sadly - as the tournament isn't in person - our usual prizes (Goat Ornaments, local alcohols, chocolates, etc) won't be making an appearance this year.

There will be some small token prizes for tournament winners, however - details TBC.


All entries for Round 1 must be registered by 9am. You can play in as many rounds as you'd like, but you must inform the Tournament Director at least one hour before each round if you're going to either miss, or join for, a round.

Friday 18th:

Help with setting up OGS: 7pm

Saturday 19th:

Registration: 9.00 (at the latest)
Round 1: 10.00 - 12.00
Lunch: 12.00 - 13.00
Round 2: 13.00 - 15.00
Break: 15.00 - 16.00
Round 3: 16.00 - 18.00
Evening lecture: 7pm
Zoom party: After the lecture

Sunday 20th:

Round 4: 10.00 - 12.00
Lunch: 12.00 - 13.00
Round 5: 13.00 - 15.00
Break: 15.00 - 16.00
Round 6: 16.00 - 18.00
Results: Results should be announced shortly after 6pm (TBC)

Social Stuff

The social side of Go tournaments is almost as important as the games! Our annual BBQ won't be possible, but we're planning several fun activities over the weekend in parallel with the tournament:

Discord Server

Throughout the weekend, keep in touch with other tournament entrants with our dedicated Discord server!

You'll need to register with Discord before you start.

Click here to connect to the Durham Go Tournament server.

If you'd rather not use the web interface, you can download the app (for Windows, Linux, MacOS, Android, or iPhone) then use the same link as above to connect to the server.

The server has several groups of channels:

Please keep the conversation family friendly!

If you're using the voice channels (such as General Chat), you'll need a microphone and speakers. Discord has a setting for testing your microphone if you're not sure you're set up correctly.

Historical lecture [Cancelled]

Sadly we will not be able to run this lecture - we tried asking various museums from across the country, but unfortunately they're all too busy reopening now that Covid regulations are relaxing!

Technical lecture

A lecture from Sandy Taylor (3d) on 'Mistakes that matter (and why most of them don't)' - Saturday 19th at 7pm on Discord

Zoom party

This will take place over Zoom, as a way for players to get together for a general chat - this year you'll have to supply your own BBQ, though!

It will be on the Saturday evening, after the 7pm lecture. All welcome.

Using OGS

If you haven't used OGS before, you will need to register in advance of the tournament - here are instructions for setting up an OGS account. There will be a session on the Friday night to help people if you have trouble with this - we'll be in the Voice channel on Discord from 7pm to try to help get you started.

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