Last 3 months News

19-Oct: Festival of Japan in Durham a great success for Go!


Photos by Tom Coulthard, Alice Ambrose-Thurman and Chizu Kobayashi

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17-Oct: News changes


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13-Oct: Jon Diamond Regains East Midlands


Jon Diamond seems to only win the East Midlands in even years, so having won in 2010 and 2012, he was back as champion in 2014. He was one of several BGA council members in the Leicester area for the weekend, as there was a council meeting on the Sunday.

The only other player on three wins was Edwina Lee (Maidenhead).

As the main organiser...

12-Oct: Andrew Kay also wins Second Game


Game 2 of the best of five title match for the British Championship was played on Sunday 12th October in Milton Keynes, the day after game 1.

Current champion Andrew Kay played white against Alex Kent and won by resignation at about 15:30 to give him a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five...

11-Oct: Andrew Kay wins First Game in Title Match


Game 1 of the best of five title match for the British Championship was played on Saturday 11th October in Milton Keynes. Current champion Andrew Kay from Birmingham played black against Alex Kent from Chepstow, starting at 10:00 with a break for lunch (at a ramen restaurant).

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06-Oct: Durham Oriental Museum Festival of Japan


As part of its Festival of Japan, Durham Oriental Museum are running a Go teaching event with Durham Go Club on Saturday 11th October 1pm-5pm. The Japanese Embassy have organised for 5d pro Chizu Kobayashi to come, and the event is free and open to all.

There should be teaching appropriate for a wide range of strengths, from complete beginners upwards, including members of the public. Anyone who would like to...

06-Oct: North London win London Teams Again


The autumn edition of the London International Teams stayed at the Melton Mowbray pub and again on a Saturday, but this time the teams had five players.

A North London Go Club player raised a team of players from around London to defend the title. They managed to win all three matches...

01-Oct: UK Starts New Season at Top of C League


Our first match in the new season of the C League was against Greece, one of the newest Go countries in Europe. We won it 3-1, to end the day at the top of the league alongside Bulgaria and just above Lithuania, who both also won 3-1.

  1. Des Cann (B) beat Konstantinos Michailidis (Crates, 1k) by 32.5 sgf
  2. Paul Taylor (W) beat Dimitrios Satkas (notevenbad, 5 kyu) by resignation sgf
  3. Toby Manning (B) beat Harris Lambrakis (Drugon, 5 kyu ) by resignation sgf
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30-Sep: We've got some website problems


Due to some scammers using our britgo.org domain name a few weeks ago we've been having some problems with people trying to contact us and various people through our website. This also applies to registrations to the London Open this year.

Unfortunately, the problem has led to some ISPs dropping emails from us without notification, so we're not aware of exactly which emails are not being received.

Sadly, despite our efforts, we can't be sure that all ISPs have unbanned...

28-Sep: Visiting Jitka has a Perfect Weekend Break


Jitka Bartova (1d) was visiting the UK from Prague for a weekend with her friend Ngoc-Trang Cao who is a current member of Leamington Club. Luckily John Green could give them both a lift to the Swindon Tournament, so Jitka could promote the 2015 European Go Congress in Liberec and also win the tournament, to make a...

22-Sep: Andrew Kay wins 3 at KPMC


The UK representative at the 2014 KPMC was Andrew Kay. He won three games out of six to come 33rd. He beat Brazil, Ireland and Slovenia, but lost to players from Hong Kong, Romania and Spain.

Ireland's player was Thomas Shanahan who was 40th with two wins, against Argentina and Hungary.

Wei Tae-Woong of Korea won the event, ahead of China, Thailand, Japan, USA and Mexico.

Results

22-Sep: Bruno wins in the Countryside


The Shropshire Tournament took place in the countryside again. Numbers were somewhat down, with several cancellations on health grounds, but there was more competition this year at the top end. The overall winner was Bruno Poltronieri (3d) with Alistair Wall (2d) in second place. Jonathan Green (4k) also scored three wins.

The side event was a quiz to mark up, at leisure between rounds, the value of a yose move in 16 positions on boards set out on the bar. As it is not...

22-Sep: British Championship 2014 Title Match


After much delay we have finally found some dates when we have (a) two players, (b) a venue and (c) at least one relayer/referee for the title match of the British Go Championship 2014. Apologies for how long it's taken; on the whole, it might count as a shame that we have fairly busy participants this year ...

Should anyone not know and be curious, said...

18-Sep: Learn Go Week in Chester


On Sunday 14th the Chester Go Club showed Go to a number of passers by in the centre of Chester. As Chester is a popular city for tourists, we were spotted by a large party of Chinese visitors who instantly recognised the game and shortly afterwards by a similar party of Japanese who stopped to chat and record...

18-Sep: Learn Go Week in Stevenage


The Learn Go Week event in Stevenage went pretty smoothly, with some great support from Letchworth Go Club and the BGA. Phil Smeaton, manager of Costa's in Stevenage High Street, kindly allowed us to take over part of the café for four hours on the Sunday afternoon, as well as generously covering printing costs and...

17-Sep: Manchester Japan Day Report


Martin Harvey took up the kind offer from the Japan Society North-West (JSNW), to arrange the manning a stall at this year's Manchester Japan Day, this last Bank Holiday Monday. Eight local players gave free demos to the public, over seven hours, with only short breaks to see the...

14-Sep: Cornish Trophies Shared Between Locals and Visitors


The first of the three events during a very sunny weekend in Penzance was a teaching session on the Saturday morning. Toby Manning led a review of a pro game and set the students a yose problem, whilst Tony Atkins reviewed the status of the J-Group based on the lyrics of a Go song by Neil Symes.

The first of the...

12-Sep: London Open 2014 registration now open


Registration is now open for the London Open Go Congress.

European Go Federation The dates and location are the traditional ones; from 28th to 31st December at the International Students House.

It's a level B Bonus Points tournament for the European Go...

11-Sep: Annual Awards to be initiated


Like some other sports organisations we have decided to initiate some British Go Association awards in order to encourage players and organisers. We have selected the following categories for this year:

  • Player of the year
  • Club of the year
  • Loss of the year (of a game)
  • President’s award for services to Go.

Your nominations in each category are solicited by 31st December 2014 with a citation of a maximum of 150 words supporting the...

11-Sep: Nihon Ki-in and the Sasakawa Foundation invitation


We are please to announce that the following young players have been selected for this visit to Japan:

  • Ben Murphy, age 24
  • Charlotte Bexfield, age 13
  • Edmund Smith, age 9

They will be accompanied by Alison Bexfield...