Leo Phillips Isle of Man Go Festival

30 July – 4 August 2017

Go Festival History Entry Form Port Erin Travel B & B Registered Flier Contact

13th Go Festival 2017

Cherry Orchard Apartments, Bridson Street,
Port Erin, Isle of Man IM9 6AN
01624 833 811

Paul & Andrea Smith, 2 Townsend Close, Milton,
Cambridge CB24 6DN, United Kingdom
Tel:  01223 563932; Mobile: 07503 898934
Email: andreapaulsmith@gmail.com

(For entries please use the Entry form) link above).
The 13th Isle of Man Go Festival 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-Wednesday, is a 3 round McMahon with 60 minutes per player and 20 moves in 5 minutes overtime. The Handicap Tournament, on Thursday and Friday afternoons, will use the legendary ‘Manx Handicap System’ - giving an extra stone to the weaker player - with sudden death time limits of 30 minutes each.

Please note that in order to ensure a level playing field, entry grades may be adjusted in the week just before the tournament using your European grade at the time.

Day Time Event
Sun 30 Jul 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
20.00 Quiz Evening
Mon 31 Jul 09.30 Teaching   Session Table 1
10.00 Main – 2nd   round
14.30 Afternoon – 2nd   round
17.00 Lecture
19.30 Rengo   tournament
Tue 01 Aug Free day Self organised tours exploring island.
Wed 02 Aug 09.30 Teaching   session – Table 1
10.00 Main - 3rd   round
14.30 Afternoon – 3rd   round
17.30 Lecture
19.30 Alternative  Games evening.
Thu 03 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 04 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
Alternative Games Evening
Games may include Shogi, Circular Go, Poker Go, Cathedral, Manx Monopoly, Liar Dice, Backgammon, and any others that anyone brings along.

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.

Peel Castle

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.   The Congress room is light and comfortable, and a good variety of food and liquid refreshments are available on site.

There will be 2 lectures in the main tournament room, plus informal tuition sessions and game analysis at 9.30 each morning. Players will also be available to provide comments on games at the end of each round.

Sandcastle Competition
The standard gets higher every time!!

Booking and Payment – UK entrants
Please post or e-mail the information on the 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. 
  • Early Bird discount extended to 14 May.
  • All payments must arrive before 30 June.
  • Payments received after 30 June must include the Late Entry Fee.
  • Registering on the day will incur a charge of £10.

We will circulate an email reminder in June 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 account 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 30 April  (for the early booking discount), or before 30 June 2017 (to avoid the late entry fee).   Late entry fees will only be payable if we receive your entry form after 30 June 2017.

Accommodation and Transport

Accommodation possibilities are shown in the Accommodation page. The www.visitisleofman.com website includes accommodation information on small guest houses, self-catering apartments and houses.


It also includes details of travel by ferry and plane, with links to airlines and Steam Packet websites.

The Isle of Man Tourist Department can be contacted on 01624 686766 (tourist info) or 686868 (24 hr brochureline). 

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.

And Finally


We look forward to meeting you!