Leo Phillips Isle of Man Go Festival
11 - 16 August 2019
visit IOM







The Isle of Man Go Festival is 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

The festival consists of 3 tournaments: the Main, Afternoon and Handicap .   The Main is a 5 round event with generous time limits held every morning.

The shorter Afternoon tournament is held on the first 3 playing days after lunch. It is a separate tournament but you will not play an opponent that you met in the morning.

The Handicap Tournament is a fairly fast event of 5 rounds played on Thursday and Friday. You can find full details of all these and other side events in EVENTS menu above.


The venue has changed to St Catherines Church Hall as the previous venue Cherry Orchard has closed down. The address is, Church Road Port Erin, Isle of Man IM9 6AE United Kingdom. The hall has a generous playing area and a well furnished kitchen. Refreshments will be available.

Tournament History

The Isle of Man Go Congress was first held in August 1991. Since then it has been held fairly regularly every two years with the 13th in 2017.

The first three Isle of Man congresses were held in the Island's capital, Douglas, seat of the world's oldest continuously existing parliament, in the Sefton Hotel.

The 1997 & 1999 congresses were held in Port Erin in the south of the island at the Cherry Orchard Hotel. The 2002 congress was held in the Falcons Nest Hotel, Port Erin.

In 2004, we moved back to the Cherry Orchard, where we have been until 2017. It has now closed down, but the new venue is very well situated near to the shore and local pubs and restaurants.

Isle of Man History

The island has a rich and varied history. In the Middle Ages it was the centre of a Viking kingdom, including the Hebrides, and has the oldest parliament In the world. In the civil war it was a royalist outpost, and in the eighteenth century it grew wealthy as a centre of smuggling.

The nineteenth century saw the development of mining and mass tourism whilst the twentieth saw its evolution as a financial centre. A a result, Manx Gaelic very nearly died out, but has undergone a renaissance in recent years. Lessons in one primary school are now given in the language.

!! Book Accommodation early !!

It is very important to book your accommodation as early as possible. The Isle of Man is a popular destination for motor cyclists attending the IOM Grand Prix.