Main tournament. The main tournament, open to all, will be a 3 round McMahon, with 60 minutes + 40 stones in 4 minutes overtime. To enter, email (preferably), text or telephone Alex with your name, club and grade. Do not post anything (entry or money) in advance: people should pay on the day. The basic entry fee is £8, or £4 for those entitled to concessionary rates. Concessionary rates apply to the unwaged (including full-time students), under 18s and senior citizens. There are adjustments of +£1.50 for non-BGA members and +£2 for late entries (received after noon on Thursday 18th February). There will be prizes for the overall winner, best kyu player, all players on three wins, and winners of the side events. There will be a new somewhat-Go-related special competition this year.
Novice Events. The novices' events are separate from the main tournament and suitable for anyone from absolute beginners up to about 20 kyu. Anyone is welcome to attend - it doesn't matter if you have never played before. You can go to any combination of the three sessions you like, though if you have never played before it will be best if you start off by attending the session at 10:30am. The cost of the day's events is £3 (£2 for juniors), payable on the day. To enter, just email or ring Paul as soon as you know you would like to take part.
Novices': absolute beginners. There is a short introduction to Go at 10:30am suitable for anyone who has never played before or wants reminding of the rules. Absolute beginners are most welcome to turn up to this and subsequent Novice events during the day.
Novices': teaching. This is a friendly teaching morning where you can get some simple useful advice on how to improve.
Novices': tournament. In the afternoon there will be a small, relaxed tournament which will be played on small boards. You will get to play in every round — no-one gets knocked out.
Location and Travel Details
From the Cambridge rail station, the venue is about 1 mile North-West. Catch any one of several buses going towards the city centre and be prepared to get off around Emmanuel Street, St Andrew's Street or Drummer Street, from where the venue is less than 5 minutes' walk. Alternatively, the venue is about a 20-minute walk from the station.
The Lion Yard Car Park on Corn Exchange Street is close to the venue (about 5 minutes' walk). However the city centre can be quite congested, and the car park is fairly expensive (not to speak of the need to navigate the complicated one-way systems), so it is recommended that drivers make use of one of the five Park and Ride sites. Parking is free and there is a cheap and frequent shuttle bus from each which stops at the city centre about 5 minutes' walk from the venue. (Do not get the orange Service Uni4, though, which doesn't stop at the city centre.) See also here for directions, or follow the links from here for further information.
The venue is right next to the central bus and coach station area. (Less than 5 minutes' walk away.)
OrganisersAlex Selby (Main),
Telephone: 07810 488300
Paul Smith (Novices'),
ReminderNo money should be sent to the above addresses. It would be helpful to let the organisers know that you intend to take part. Deadline for entries to the main tournament not to be considered late is noon on 18th February, but earlier notice is extremely helpful!