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The 49th Wessex
Go Tournament

in the city of Bath

Sunday 28th October 2018

As usual, this is the day that the clocks go back

Wessex Go Tournament general scene

This is a three-round, even-game McMahon competition played to AGA rules. There will be 60 minutes each on the clock. Overtime will be 30 stones in the first five minutes and 60 stones in each subsequent five minute period. Komi is 7.5 points, or 0.5 points in handicap games. The Wessex is a Class B tournament for official rating purposes.

Prizes will be awarded to the players with the highest number of wins. The overall winner will also hold the Wessex Trophy for one year. This year we will supplement the usual trophies with cash prizes.

Registration  9.15 – 10.00     First round  10.15     Prizegiving  Around 18.00


We will accept entries on the day without surcharge but it really helps to have an idea of numbers. Use the form below if you can, or enter by email or post. These options are described in the PDF you can download here. It also has a map and directions useful on the day even if you enter online.

The entry fee includes all-day tea, coffee and snacks but not lunch. Pubs and food outlets are nearby, or bring your own.

Tournament or club grade preferably, or KGS/IGS/best guess
Optional – unattached/online players welcome!
Email address
Optional – to be used only in connection with the tournament
Entry type
£10Also for members of foreign national Go associations.
£8BGA member or not. We encourage IGS/KGS players and newer club players. Please see the advice here.
£12 Why join  How to join
£6 BGA member or not. If not, the entry fee is less than our costs so please consider joining as a Youth or Student Online member. See How to join
£9BGA member or not: Aged 16 or 17, or 18-25 in full time education / unemployed / in receipt of Disability benefit or Pension Credit benefit. Students can join the BGA very cheaply as a Student Online member and there are other concessionary rates.

Are you, or will you be, a BGA member on the day?

We ask about membership because it affects the tournament levy we pay for you to the BGA. We won't hassle you about this any further but if the answer is no, please hover here to see why it matters.

The BGA promotes and supports Go in Britain. Membership is a good thing just for that reason, and the tournament would be impossible without BGA services such as publicity and provision of sets. These services are heavily subsidised due to a lot of work done by unpaid volunteers. The tournament pays the BGA a fee for each player to cover such services. The rates are higher for non-members. Becoming a member keeps our costs down and helps ensure viability of the event, as well as having benefits for you and the wider Go community.

Please pay when you arrive. The club no longer has a bank account so cash is the only form of payment we can accept on the day.

Message to the organisers   Optional


The tournament will once again be held at:

St Mark's Community Centre
St Mark's Rd

Phone on the day – 07708 944 644 Please call if you will be late or cannot attend so that we can decide how best to proceed.

To reach Bath from the M4, leave at Exit 18 and follow the signs. Parking at the hall is limited but residential parking restrictions do not apply on Sunday so there should be space in nearby streets. Calton Gardens, just above the hall, is probably the best bet. There is a handy footpath starting at the end of the line of houses (easy to see in satellite view zoomed in).

Bath train and bus stations are just a few minutes walk from the hall. We don't know the times of public transport so please check your journey in advance.

The blue pin on the map below shows the tournament location. As noted above, the downloadable PDF has directions and a useful map.

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The map in the immediate vicinity of the hall shows recent road layout changes in Widcombe.

The Bristol to Bath Marathon is not taking place this year.

Residential parking restrictions do not apply on Sundays so Calton Gardens and Alexandra Road should be OK if there is no room in St Mark's Road. However if you're desperate, we have the key to the gate to the side of the hall and could accommodate a few cars there. Ask an organiser if in need.