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 16 and 17 are 2 dan). British Go Journal number 8 was published - the first in booklet form (half foolscap).
The 1969 European was held in Ljubljana in Yugoslavia. Winner was Manfred Wimmer of Austria ahead of Jurgen Mattern and Zoran Mutabzija. Top Brit was Tony Goddard in ninth place. Tony Cooper won the zone for the 2 and 3 kyus.
In September a match between Edinburgh club and Newcastle club was won 17 to 3 by the Scots.
In Japan Stuart Dowsey of Ishi Press was at the opening of Iwamoto's Go Salon. Stuart was soon in action teaching foreigners at the Salon. John Tilley arrived in Tokyo to study go and featured in a match at the Salon.