We've issued the following Press Release today (27th January 2016):

A computer program developed by Google DeepMind (AlphaGo) to play the Oriental game of Go has beaten the three-times European Go Champion and Chinese professional Fan Hui (shown on the right in the photo, courtesy of Google DeepMind). This is the first time that a Go-professional has lost such a match, and not only that, by a clean sweep in all 5 games. This signifies a major step forward in one of the great challenges in the development of artificial intelligence - that of game-playing.

These findings were reported in a peer-reviewed study published in the scientific journal Nature: Silver D. et al. Mastering the game of Go with deep neural networks and tree search.



Last updated Thu Jan 28 2016. If you have any comments, please email the webmaster on web-master AT britgo DOT org.
Maidenhead-Hitachi
Hitachi's European HQ at Maidenhead
23 January 2016

Andrew Simons (shown right playing Des Cann) won all his games to win the Maidenhead-Hitachi Tournament, held as normal at the Hitachi Europe HQ, thanks to Hitachi.

Also winning three games were Roger Huyshe (3k Shropshire), Malcolm Hagan (5k Winchester), Stephen Bailey (7k Arundel) and Robert Scantlebury (9k Sheffield). Paul Barnard (2k Swindon) won 2.5. All players on two wins won a prize each too, with Hitachi maintaining their generous Go-support with a fine array of prizes.

Best teams were Arundel (Steve, Malcolm, Pauline and Casey) on 9/12 and "No Go" (Roella, Edmund, Charlotte and Zaki) on 8/12. The 13x13 prizes went to Edmund Smith (8k Milton School) with 3/4 and Lily Danson (15k Cheadle Hulme School) with 4/7.

Results



Last updated Sun Jan 24 2016. If you have any comments, please email the webmaster on web-master AT britgo DOT org.

The UK Youth GO team have finished a respectable sixth out of the twelve teams competing in the European online Youth Go Team Tournament. This year the draw was an accelerated Swiss which meant the top teams were paired against each other from an early stage. This gave our team more chances to play more evenly matched opponents. We picked up wins against Poland (3-2) and Italy, Switzerland and Austria (4-1) and lost to Czechia (2-3) and Croatia, Slovenia and Serbia (1-3).

As last year we struggled most on the U20 board where we do not yet have any dan players. However our U12s continue to excel in this event - we picked up wins in 6 or the 7 games played in this age group with two of our U12 players also playing up an age group on occasion.



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The nominations for our Annual Awards are now closed and can be seen here: http://www.britgo.org/awards/2016

Voting is now open to our Association Members (you need to login first) and will close one week before our AGM, on 24th March.



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Sheffield for starting up a new tournament, hosting the forthcoming British Go Congress and safe-guarding the BGJ Editor
50% (6 votes)
Cheadle Hume School for a thriving junior club. Its players are enthusiastic and turned out in force for the Youth Championship
42% (5 votes)
Isle of Skye for the highest density of Go players per head of population and for running a popular tournament despite its size
8% (1 vote)
Arundel - by far the best club I've ever visited - in any country. Go in the afternoon, a social evening meal then other games
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 12


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Maria Tabor for co-producing the A3 introductory laminates, producing a presentation, much organising and (wo-)manning our stall
25% (3 votes)
Roger Huyshe for the above & "Doki Doki - The Manchester Japanese Festival"
8% (1 vote)
Zaheer Ahmed for setting up his third school Go club and getting 16 Cheadle Hulme students to tourneys (one student made 5!)
67% (8 votes)
Total votes: 12


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London Open
ISH
28 December 2015 - 31 December 2015

The 42nd London Open was dominated by Sai Sun (5d) from Beijing who won three titles. She won the Open title and £120, with six wins out of seven, won the Lightning and also the Pair Go with Xinchi Gong. In all 76 players took part in the event, held as usual at ISH in London.



On hand to do game analysis and lectures was the professional from Romania, Catalin Taranu (5p). He lectured on the opening and analysed the game between Andrew and Sai.




Last updated Fri May 13 2016. If you have any comments, please email the webmaster on web-master AT britgo DOT org.
Online League
1 March 2015 - 1 December 2015

Congratulations to the Cambridge A team (Lou Yuxiang, Paul Smith, Atta Chui and James Wood) for winning the seventh season of the online league. In second place were Edinburgh 1. Winning division 2 and promotion to division 1 were UK Youth.

The winning teams received prizes consisting of places in Guo Juan's Group Classes and subscriptions to the Internet Lectures and Training system. See the Internet Go School site for more details.

League Details



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Andrew and Yansai


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Magdalena and Mikko


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