2013 Report

2013 UK Go Challenge Finals

2012 Report

2012 UK Go Challenge Finals

2011 Report

2011 UK Go Challenge Finals

2011 UK Go Challenge Results

  • The heat at Milton Primary School near Cambridge was won by Kelda Smith, had 21 players. Martin England was second and the 2010 winner Mark Slatter was third. Miranda Steele placed fourth.


  • The heat at Cambridge Junior Chess and Go Club was again won by Roella Smith. Melchior Chui was this year's runner up.
2010 Report

2010 UK Go Challenge Finals

  • Again, thanks to Winton Capital Management, there was up to £500 of prizes at the finals. The finals were at St Mary's Priory RC Junior School, in Harringay, London, on Saturday 10th July. See the 2010 UK Go Challenge Finals report for more details.

2010 UK Go Challenge Results

  • 10 schools and clubs entered the Challenge, so over 200 children took part. The heat winners got a trophy as well as the top prize (key ring or wallet).


  • The heat at Milton Primary School near Cambridge had 21 players. The winner was 8-year-old Mark Slatter, one of the youngest players, with 5 straight wins. Second was Isis de Chastelain.


  • The heat at Cambridge Junior Chess and Go Club had 20 players. Roella Smith was the winner on tiebreak from Peran Truscott after they both finished on 4 wins out of 5.
2009 Report

2009 UK Go Challenge Finals

  • The finals were in Cambridge again, at Milton Community Centre on 27th June. 55 of the best players from 10 school heats and other youngsters took part in the finals and the new Challengers' section for beginners. £500 in cash prizes were provided thanks to Winton Capital Management. Winners were:
    U18 Boys  - Matthew Hathrell (Finham Park School, Coventry)
    U16 Boys  - Mazhar Warraich (King Edward VI, Aston)
    U14 Boys  - Tian Ren Chen (Loughborough)
    U12 Boys  - John Cremin (King Edward VI, Aston)
    U10 Boys  - Akito Oyama (Cambridge)
    U8 Boys - Stefan Wiecek (St Mary's, London)
    U18 & Top Girl - Crystal Zhang (Grantham)
    U14 Girls - Danielle Ward (Cambridge)
    U12 Girls - Sijia Yao (Milton, Cambridge)
    U10  Girls - Roella Smith (Milton, Cambridge)
    U8 Girls - Sophie Broad (Bookham, Surrey)
    Overall place winners:
    1st - Tian Ren Chen
    2nd - Mazhar Warraich
    3rd - Matthew Hathrell
    On 5/6: Jack Drury (Aston)
    Challengers' Tournament - Annalise Nwaodor (St Mary's)
    Champion School - Aston (beat Loughborough 2-1)
    Champion Primary School - Milton (beat St. Mary's 3-0)
    

    Full Results

    All section winners also got a framed certificate showing their achievement. Renzhi Zhou got the puzzle-solving prize and the lower aged players on 4/6 got a prize too.
2008 Report

2008 UK Go Challenge Report

  • In the 2008 UK Go Challenge there were 10 school and club heats competing for the new top prize - the cool Nihon Ki-in (Japanese Go Association) phone strap - what the best dressed mobiles are wearing!
    Phone Strap prize


  • The rules were slightly different this year; we used "pass stones" and a few other small changes in line with the BGA's adoption of AGA Rules.


  • The finals were in Cambridge again, at Milton Community Centre on Sunday 06/07/08. 42 of the best players from 10 school heats and other youngsters tookpart. Winners were:
    U18 Boys  - Matthew Hathrell (Finham Park School, Coventry)
    U16 Boys  - Hai Xia (King Edward VI, Aston)
    U14 Boys  - Ismael Mustafa (King Edward VI, Aston)
    U12 Boys  - Stewart Smith (King Edward VI, Aston)
    U10 Boys  - Thomas Danes (Cambridge)
    U16 Girls - Cher Bachar (Ruislip)
    U12 Girls - Danielle Ward (Cambridge)
    U10 Girls - Sijia Yao (Milton, Cambridge)
    U8  Girls - Roella Smith (Milton, Cambridge)
    Overall place winners:
    1st - Matthew Hathrell
    2nd - Hai Xia
    3rd - Stewart Smith
    Top Boy: Matthew Hathrell
    Top Girl: Cher Bachar 
    On 5/6: Tung Nguyen, Jun Hoe Ahn, Renzhi Zhou.
    Champion School - Aston
    Champion Primary School - Milton (beat London Meed, Burgess Hill 2-1)
    

    Full Results

    All section winners also got a framed certificate showing their achievement and some nice prizes. Owen Walker got the puzzle-solving prize and Ellie Ripley-Duggan got the fighting spirit prize. Cambridge beat Aston in a friendly match.

    Heats

  • The Milton Primary School heat had 39 players in total. First was Aoife McCaul (winner for the third year running) with 5 straight wins. Second was Roella Smith, third was Bridget Johnson. There were 12 other qualifiers: Thomas Danes, Sijia Yao, Stephenie Purvis, Yvonne Winterborn, Zoe Green, Renzhi Zhou, Ellie Harris, Phillip Reid, Isis de Chastelain, Molly Hooton, Thomas Seekings and Gavin Winterborn.
  • The St Laurence's School heat had 7 players. First was Daniel Edwards with 5 straight wins. There were four other qualifiers: Sophie O'Sullivan, Kelda Smith, Isabelle Woodford and James Golding.


  • The Cambridge Junior Chess & Go Club heat had 28 players (and the most players stronger than 25k that they have ever had in the club). The results were: 1. Owen Walker 13pts, 2. Thomas Danes 13pts, 3. Ashley Stewart 11pts, 4. Peran Truscott 11pts, 5= Danielle Ward, Roella Smith, David Robson 10pts, 8= Arnold Chui, Langdon Truscott, Oliver Hsieh, Oliver Stewart, Oliver Howard 9pts, 13= Samuel Juniper, Robin Gerlach 8pts. Arnold and Danielle would have done even better if they had not had to miss some weeks (Arnold was doing exams and Danielle had to miss one week due to a play at school).


  • Woodley made their heat the Novices at the Bracknell Tournament to allow others to join in. Clear winner was Oscar Selby from Epsom who is 5.


  • At Aston the winner was Pheonix Hai Xia who won all 5 games and there were 20 other qualifiers: Mazhar Warraich, Hamzah Reta, Stewart Smith, David Jung, Jun Ho An 13 pts, Josh Domlan, John Perkins, Jack Drury, Ismail Mustafa, Duncan Frost, Daniel Karandikar 11 pts, Sam Muxlow, Ravinder Heyer, Adam Ramzaan, Ocean Ho Pyung, Ibraheem Hussain, Huw Talis, Calum Healey, Michael Burclacu and Joseph Zolna 9 pts.
2007 Report

Results of the UK Go Challenge Finals 2007:

The national finals were at Meadows Community Centre in Cambridge on 1st July 2007, at the start of National Go Week.
Finals Results.
As well as qualifiers, you could come to the finals if you were unable to take part in a heat.
53 young players took part.
Section winners were:
U18 Boys  - Tung Nguyen (Greenwich Community College)
U16 Boys  - Matthew Hathrell (Finham Park School, Coventry)
U14 Boys  - Hai Xia (King Edward VI, Aston)
U12 Boys  - Ken Dackombe (St. Olave's)
U10 Boys  - Peran Truscott (Cambridge)
U8  Boys  - Ibraheem Mustafa (Birmingham)
U18 Girls - Kay Dackombe (Darrick Wood, Bromley)
U12 Girls - Christiane Walker (Milton, Cambridge)
U10 Girls - Hayley Baines (London Meed, Burgess Hill)
U8  Girls - Roella Smith (Milton, Cambridge)

Overall place winners: 
1st - Hai Xia 
2nd - Ken Dackombe
3rd - Matthew Hathrell

Top Boy: Hai Xia (6/6)
Top Girl: Hayley Baines (5/5)
On 5/6: Hamzah Reta, Abdel Badawy, Matthew Harris and Maria Tabor.

Champion School - Wellington School, Somerset
Champion Primary School - London Meed, Burgess Hill
Top Boy and Girl won an LG MP3 player kindly donated by LG Electronics UK Ltd.
All section winners also got a framed certificate showing their achievement.

2007 UK Go Challenge Report

  • The 2007 UK Go Challenge was run the same way as before. 10 tournament packs were sent out, so about 250 kids took part. This time the top prize at the heats was a 13x13 Go set in a tube.


  • The heats finished, with nearly 40 players taking part in some, and some of the winners were:
    • Milton - Aoife McCaul (second Christiane Walker, third Isis de Chastelain)
    • Cambridge C&G - Owen Walker (second Ilya Antschuler, third Alvin Gardner)
    • St Laurence's - Patrick Shortall (second Eimear Maynard, third Daniella Mazurkiewicz)
    • Aston - David Jung
    • Langdendale, Hyde - Jake Hurfurt
2006 Report
  • Results of 2006 Finals; they took place on 2nd July at the start of National Go Week at Loughborough Grammar School. Prizes were again kindly provided by LG Electronics UK Ltd.


  • There were 10 schools/clubs that had run heats for the 2006 UK Go Challenge (that's possibly over 300 children).


  • Results of Heats:
    Milton - 1. Aoife McCaul 2. Hannah Roberts, 3. Bridget Johnson.
    Thames Valley - 1. Tom Cappleman, 2. Josh Moy, 3. Christie Kelly and Zoe Nash.


  • In 2006 the Top Prize in each heat was either a Japanese Go fan, a FridgeGo set or a "Hikaru No Go" graphic novel (volume 1), as selected by the heat organiser on tournament entry.
    Japanese Go Fan   FridgeGo Set   Hikaru No Go

  • 2005 Report
    • 18 schools and clubs entered - including several new ones and one for 80 kids.
    • Two clubs have now requested extension packs as more kids than expected entered.
    • This means up to 500 kids took part. Results of the individual school heat at Aston
    • Following a recommendation in a UK Chess Challenge mailing there were 17 requests for evaluation packs.
    • Lots of other schools have been in contact about starting Go clubs and having introductory workshops.
    • The National Finals were held on 3rd July 2005 at Loughborough Grammar School, so avoiding a clash with the southern Chess Gigafinal.
    • Valuable prizes (mobile phones-cameras and micro hi-fis) were awarded to section winners.
    • The prizes have been donated by Korean electronics company LG Electronics UK Ltd - see http://uk.lge.com/
    • 46 entries from 11 different schools/clubs were received for the finals.
    • Results of Finals

    Pictures of UK GO Challenge 2005 Heats' Prizes

    UK Go Challenge 2005 Prizes   2005 Prize Bugs   2005 Prize Magnets
    2004 Report

    Results of the individual school heats:

    Loughborough Endowed Schools
    The Wycombe Grange
    South Wolds School
    Covingham Park Junior School
    Cambridge Junior Chess and Go Club

    Results of the national finals held in Manchester on 10th July 2004.


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