2007 was a year of continuing progress in the BGA. Membership numbers were back up, partly thanks to regular production of the British Go Journal under new editor, Barry Chandler. Tournament attendance was level, with a new online Students' tournament as well as the regular events. We had two visits by Korean professionals (to the Mind Sports Olympiad (MSO) and to south-east club). National Go Week picnic was rained off but the Shodan Challenge gave a learning framework for keen kyu players and youth and promotion work continued.
The 2009 British Youth Go Championships will be held at
King Edward VI (Aston) School, Frederick Road, Aston, Birmingham, B6 6DJ
(close to the Aston Villa football stadium and just two minutes drive from J6 on the M6)
The entry fee is £5; payable on the day.
Registration will be from 9.15am to 9.45am and the first round will commence promptly at 10am.
Matthew Macfadyen lost in the semi-finals to Guo Juan, who then beat Rob van Zeijst to win the trip to the Fujitsu Cup.
Matthew Macfadyen and Kirsty Healey lost their first round game to a team from Osaka by one point. They went on to win some games in the handicap section though. The American couple did surprisingly well lasting for several rounds.
Belgrade was won by Ion Florescu (Romania), with second Viktor Bogdanov (Russia) and 3rd Csaba Mero (Hungary).
Brussels was by Geert Groenen (Netherlands), second equal were Vladimir Danek and Franz-Joseph Dickhut (Germany), fourth was Guo Juan (Netherlands). Britain's T.Mark Hall (4d) was 12th.
Gothenburg was won by Dickhut ahead of Emil Nijhuis (Netherlands) and Ulf Olsson (Sweden).
|Brussels||30/10/99-31/10/99:||68 players.||1st Guo Juan (7 dan), 2nd Pierre Colmez.|
|Gothenburg||06/11/99-07/11/99:||32 players.||1st Harry Taari (3 dan) on tie-break from Magnus Kylemark and Kasper Hornbaek.|
24 top European players took part. Britain's Matthew Macfadyen beat Emil Nijhuis, Alex Dinerstein, Geert Groenen, but lost to Ion Florescu who had already beaten professional Catalin Taranu. The other semi-final was between Guo Juan who had beaten Christian Pop and Robert Mateescu who had beaten Rob van Zeijst. Guo won the final.
62 players attended the Finish entry in the TOYOTA - IGS-PandaNet European Go Tour held in Tampere. Diana Koszegi (6 dan Hungary) was the winner with a perfect 6/6. The group of players on 4/6 included 5 Finns and was topped by Lauri Paatero (3 dan) and Kare Jantunen (3 dan). Fourth were Matti Siivola (5 dan) and Viktor Bogdanov (6 dan Russia). In sixth by the tie-break was Esa Seuranen (1 dan).