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Held in the Foxcombe Lodge Hotel, Boars Hill, near Oxford. The event was divided into two sections. The strongest eight pairs played in a tournament for which World Amateur Pair Go and European Pair Go qualification points were allocated. The other pairs played in a handicap tournament.
At the start of 1968 the British Go Journal listed 17 go clubs. The first British Go Congress was held in March at Jesus College Oxford. It attracted 57 players. Played on handicaps the winner was J. Cock of Cheltenham (23 grade) ahead of top British player J. Diamond of Cambridge (14 grade).
Cambridge beat a UEA team by three boards in a handicap match in June. In September a Nippon Club Tournament was won by Mr Sugimoto (1 dan) from D. Hunter (4 kyu), F. Roads (5 kyu) and Mr Seiki (3 dan).
The second British Go Congress was held in 1969 at Bristol University. Winner with six wins was Mr. McAndrew from Seattle USA. The next placed players were all from Cambridge: Goddard, Han and Tilley. The Annual General Meeting was held at Churchill Hall. John Barrs was president, Bob Hitchens Treasurer and Derek Hunter Secretary. The BGA constitution was changed, there was a discussion on the Congress system and a decision was taken to revert to Japanese-style dan and kyu grades from the European class scale (where
In April 1967 45 players travelled to a go session at Trinity College Oxford. It was so popular it was suggested that this should be repeated in 1968 becoming the British Go Congress. Jon Diamond (3 dan) was second to Mr. Akimoto at the Nippon Club Tournament.
The BGA had 300 members. Top player and British Champion was John Diamond (2 dan). Other dans were John Barrs, Colin Irving and David Wells. The London Club met at the Pontefract Castle, W1, and the eleventh and newest club was in Newcastle.
John Barrs reported that his unique British shodan diploma was coming under threat. Young players had been encouraged by the European Go Congress and the visit from professional Sanno in 1964. Clubs had started in that year in Monmouth, Oxford University and a public school in Lanarkshire. Dr. I. J. Good of Trinity College Oxford, was concerned about ungentlemanly play by restarting after passing so as to win on time. His suggestion was to add five minutes of time on such a restart.
The 1970 British Go Congress was held at St. Johns College in Cambridge. John Diamond was declared British Champion after the event was tied with Akiyama and Hokari. Most of the prize winners were local or from Edinburgh. President John Barrs chaired the AGM; subscriptions were increased to 4s for club members. In club matches early in 1970: Enfield beat Imperial College 5-1 and later 5-0; UEA beat Bristol 16-9; Newcastle lost to Edinburgh 4-3-1. The first advance copy of Modern Joseki and Fuseki volume 2 by Sakata had