Main tournament. The main tournament, open to all, will be a 3 round McMahon, with 50 minutes + fast 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 £7, or £4 for those entitled to concessionary rates, that is, 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 5th March). There will be prizes for the overall winner, best kyu player, all on three wins, and winners of the side events. Following the success of past years' Caption, Origami and What's-Wrong-With-The-Picture competitions, a new special competition will be revealed this year.
Novice Events. The novices' events are separate from the main tournament and suitable for anyone from 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 £2 (£1 for juniors), payable on the day. The proceeds from the Novices' events will go to Comic Relief. To enter, just email or ring Paul as soon as you know you would like to play.
Novices': absolute beginners. There is a short introduction to Go at 10:30am suitable for anyone who has never played before. 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
Food and drink are available at the Frank Lee Centre's café. There are also various prepared food shops in the hospital itself (about 5 minutes walk away).
From the city centre (also coach)
There are several buses. The quickest is the Green (Babraham) Park and Ride which takes 14 minutes, departs from Emmanuel Street E5, and runs every 10 minutes. Alternatively, it's about 40 minutes walk.
This advice applies to those arriving by coach, who will find themselves very close to Emmanuel Street.
The Cambridge rail station is located North of the Adddenbrooke's site. There are buses from the rail station out of town; take a C1 or C7 bus towards Addenbrooke's. Alternatively, it's about 25 minutes by foot. Walk along Station Road and at the T-junction turn left along Hills Road away from the centre of town. Keep going until you reach a ring-road, then turn right at the Addenbrooke's site.
There is a visitors' car park on the Addenbrooke's site, but it will cost £12. The cheapest plan will be to park for free at the Babraham Park and Ride (location) then take a Park and Ride bus (which run every 10 minutes) to the Addenbrooke's site.
Directions from Addenbrooke's Hospital
These directions start from the Addenbrookes bus stops. This is also where you will arrive at Addenbrookes if you walk from Babraham Road Park & Ride.
By the bike racks and smoking shelter there is a zebra crossing. Cross it and turn right. You will be walking towards a roundabout with a flagpole in the centre (often there is a blue flag flying). At the roundabout bend round to the left.
Don’t go left into the Outpatients entrance but instead carry on along the road towards the main hospital entrance. On the left you should see a wall with a red, blue and yellow artwork. Ahead there is a covered passageway over the road. Pass the A&E entrance (with a red sign) on your left. Carry on until you get to the main hospital entrance (blue sign) on the left and go in there.
Once inside the hospital, the main reception desk will be in front of you. Turn right, signposted to “all wards and departments” and “retail concourse and food court”. You will enter an area with shops. Straight ahead is “Martins” and on your right is “Costa Coffee”. Turn right after Costa Coffee and then immediately left. This is signposted to “Financial and legal services” and “Treatment centre car park”. Go past Barclays Bank on your left. Go through some double doors, then turn right and exit to the outside.
Follow the path to the right. There are bike racks on the left and a glass railing to the right with a drop down beyond it. Carry on to the end of the glass railing and then cross the road on the right. Now turn left, crossing over the road you have been walking along (to the side where there is a sign saying “Keith Day Road” and a grey sign pointing to the Frank Lee Centre). You should be able to see the Frank Lee Centre ahead and to the right (it has a sign with blue and red on a white background).
Go straight ahead towards the Frank Lee Centre which will be on your right. Do not go in the main entrance but follow the signs for Go and go in the entrance shown to the Hexagon Room.
OrganisersAlex Selby (Main),
Telephone: 07810 488300
Paul Smith (Novices'),
ReminderNo money need 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 5th March, but earlier notice is really helpful!