Go Festival 2015


       Isle of Man Go Festival is Over

The Isle of Man Go Festival has ended for the last time. This edition was the 12th since the event started in 1991, but with the recent sad death of founder Leo Phillips it has been decided this would be the last. Again the players assembled at the Cherry Orchard in Port Erin, including several families and players from as far away as Sweden and Japan.

There were events daytime and evening on most days, including a music evening, and also the chance to explore the island in between.

Players competed in the events for unique wooden trophies. Piers Shepperson won the main with 5/5, Sandy Taylor was second with 4/5. The afternoon was won by Richard Hunter on 3/3. Roella Smith won the handicap; Edmund Smith won the lightning. The Rengo (Doubles) was won by Oscar Selby and his mother Natasha Regan. In the children’s event Steve Jones (1k) played simultaneous handicap games against all the entrants (Oscar Selby 7k, Charlotte Bexfield 10k, Edmund Smith 11k, Roella Smith 12k, Kelda Smith 17k and Constance Selby 35k) and lost all 6 games.

The sandcastle competition was won by Leo’s Castle, constructed by Constance, Margot, Matthew and Rosalind Selby, Adrienne and Richard Regan and Ingrid Jendrzejewski. In memory of Leo, the builders Constance, Margot, Matthew and Adrienne, together with Oscar Selby and Natasha Regan, will be walking to raise money for Manx Cancer Help. Leo was a big supporter of this charity.

  12th Isle of Man Go Festival  23-28 August 2015

We are a looking forward to seeing everyone at the Go Festival. We have a table booked on the first Sat evening 22 Aug in the bar at 8pm at the Cherry Orchard Hotel, and everyone is welcome to join us. Just order your own food on arrival.

If anyone would be able to help us set up everything on Sunday morning 8.30am, please let us know. celia@manx.net

To enter online, please click on ‘online booking’ link at the top of the page

Leo Phillips sadly passed away peacefully on 28 July 2015, with David by her side.

As she would have wanted, the Isle of Man Go Festival will go ahead as planned as a commemoration of all the work that she did to make it such a success.

Venue: Cherry Orchard Aparthotel, Bridson Street,

Port Erin, Isle of Man, IM9 6AN

Website:  cherry-orchard.com

Festival info: Leo Phillips, 4 Ivydene Ave, Birch Hill, Onchan, Isle of Man. IM3 3HD

Tel:  01624-621925

Email: celia@manx.net

Website: iomgocongress.wordpress.com

Welcome to the 12th Isle of Man Go Festival, which is now a popular fixture in the BGA and European Go calendar.   The festival combines competitive Go with many friendly tournaments and social activities in a relaxed environment.  All Go players are welcome, especially double digit kyus, who will find plenty of opportunities to improve their game, with the wide variety of tournaments and friendly experienced players.   There will also be tuition sessions.

The Go Festival consists of 3 tournaments: the Main, Afternoon and Handicap tournaments.   The Main, held every morning, is a 5 round McMahon, with 90 minutes per player and 20 moves in 5 minutes overtime.   The Afternoon, on Sunday-Tuesday, is a 3 round McMahon with 60 minutes per player and 20 moves in 5 minutes overtime.   The Handicap Tournament, on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, will use the legendary ‘Manx Handicap System’ with sudden death time limits of 30 minutes each.


Day Time Event
Sat 22 Aug 20.00 Meal at the   Cherry Orchard Bar for players and non-players
Sun 23 Aug 09.30-10.15 Registration
11.00 Main Tournament   – 1st round
11.00 Non-players’   reception, Chequers Two Bar.
15.30 Afternoon   Tournament – 1st Round
19.30 Quiz
Mon 24 Aug 09.30 Teaching   Session Table 1
10.00 Main – 2nd   round
14.30 Afternoon – 2nd   round
17.00 Lecture –
19.30 Rengo   tournament
Tues 25 Aug 09.30 Teaching   session – Table 1
10.00 Main – 3rd   round
14.30 Afternoon – 3rd   round
16.30 Children’s   tournament. Chequers Two Bar.
17.30 Lecture –
19.30 Alternative   Games evening.  Games may include   Shogi, Circular Go, Cathedral, Manx Monopoly, Liar Dice, Backgammon, and any   others that anyone brings along.
Wed 26 Aug Free day to   explore the Island.   If this is your   first visit and you would like some ideas, please ask the Isle of Man Team.Die Hard   Tournament   for adults, subject to demand.
Thurs 27 Aug 09.30 Teaching   Session – Table 1
10.00 Main – 4th   round
14.30 Handicap – 1st,   2nd & 3rd rounds
19.30 13 x 13   Tournament
Fri 28 Aug 09.30 Teaching   Session – Table 1
10.00 Main – 5th   Round
14.30 Handicap – 4th    & 5th rounds
18.00 Final Continuous   Lightning. Final Rengo. Chequers Two Bar
19.30 Buffet Dinner
21.00 Prizegiving
21.30 Go Songs

Port Erin is a quiet pretty seaside resort with a sandy beach and pleasant ambience.   There are many attractive walks around Port Erin, plus boat trips to the Calf of Man, an island wildlife sanctuary with a bird observatory and flock of Loughtan sheep.   Other places of interest are the Steam Railway Museum and the Marine Interpretation Centre.   The shops in Port Erin are fewer than in Douglas, but tend to have more character.   There is a supermarket close to the Congress Centre.   Port St Mary and Castletown are a short steam train or bus ride away.   There are several good eating places, sandwich bars and takeaways.

Festival Venue is the Cherry Orchard Aparthotel.   The Congress room is light and comfortable, and a good variety of food and liquid refreshments are available on site.

Tuition   There will be 2 lectures in the main tournament room, plus informal tuition sessions and game analysis at 9.30 each morning.


Sandcastle Competition  The standard gets higher every time!!

Booking and Payment – UK entrants: You may book on line via the BGA website, or you can send in this entry form. Please book early to take advantage of the early booking discounts.   But – if you wish to keep your discounts, we MUST receive your payment BEFORE the Congress to enable registration to proceed as quickly as possible so that Round 1 can start on time.   All payments must arrive before 31 July.   Payments received after 31st July must include the Late Entry Fee, and payments made at registration will also have a Payment on the Day fee of £10 – which we hope that no-one will have to pay, as this is to ensure that registration will be as fast as possible so that Round 1 can start on time.

We will send everyone an email reminder in July so that everyone can avoid the late entry fees.

Non-UK Entrants – payment of festival entry fee

Entrants from outside the UK who do not have sterling bank accounts with UK banks must pay  their entry fees in cash (that is, not by cheque) at registration.   Please send your entry form (without payment) in time to reach us before 31 May to receive the early booking discount, or 31 July 2013 to avoid the late entry fee.   Late entry fees will only be payable if we receive your entry form after 31 July 2013.

Accommodation and Transport:

Isle of Man Tourist Dept: Tel: 01624 686766 (tourist info) or 686868 (24 hr brochureline).   www.visitisleofman.com includes Accommodation Guide with more small guest houses, self-catering apartments and houses; details of travel by ferry and plane, with links to airlines and Steam Packet websites.    Information is also available on http://www.information-britain.co.uk.


The Festival of Motorcycling, incorporating the Classic TT and Manx Grand Prix, runs 22 August to 5 September.


Mobile Phones – please check that your phone will work here – some UK mobile phones will only work here if they have roaming enabled.    Isle of Man SIM cards (Sure and Manx Telecom) can be obtained from some shops in Port Erin.


Peel Castle


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