The Challengers' League is the penultimate event in the Championship cycle. With Matthew Macfadyen in retirement, there is a new sense of interest in who will win take the title this year - it will definitely be a new name on the trophy.
Eight of the UK's finest players descended on the Nippon Club, London from June 1st to 4th, for the all play all event.
The official announcement has now been made by the IGF, with the following additional information about the events:
Since we wish to announce our team as soon as possible, to allow for early hotel and travel bookings at favourable rates, please contact Jon Diamond by Wednesday 6th June to register an entry for a specific event or events. Entries received after this date will only be accepted by Council in exceptional circumstances.
Now that the schedule is announced those who have already expressed their interest in participating still need to indicate which events they wish to be considered for.
The latest, still preliminary, information we now have is:
Date: August 13-23 2012 (opening ceremony on August 9)
Venue: Grand Palais Lille, Lille, France
Eligibility: Amateur players nominated by the go organisations to which they belong. Nominations must be submitted to the tournament office by July 30.
Information correct at time of posting - check the Tournament Calendar for latest
Information now archived
This year, the BGA is making a concerted effort to attract new players to the game of go by encouraging new go clubs to form in Universities and Colleges.
The BGA Council has decided to produce this update once a month for double digit kyu (DDK) players. If you are a DDK player, let us know what you like to hear about. And if you have any ideas about the sort of Go tournaments or events which are best for DDK players or which you would like to see in the future, please let us know. If you are a tournament organiser and you are keen to have DDK players taking part in your tournament, please let us know about that too.
Some tournaments have a particularly good record of attracting DDK players so you know that they are a likely place where you can find many other players around your grade. One of these is the Durham tournament, which takes place this year on Sat 16 June. Last year there were 11 DDK players at this event, ranging from 10k to 19k.
In recent tournament results, Daniel Peace 12k from Oxford won all his games at the Bracknell tournament.
This summarises the major discussions and actions from the BGA Council meeting 22nd April 2012 and preceding discussions:
This summarises the major discussions and actions from the BGA Council meeting 11th March 2012 and preceding discussions:
We won our final match of the season against Denmark 3-1, meaning we will finish in 4th or 5th place, depending on the results of the other games in the final round; better than last year when we finished 7th. Watch http://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps/ for final details.
In round 9 Chong Han won on board 1 against Kasper Ho
Andrew Kay, 4d South London, added a ninth title to his current collection by winning the Bracknell Tournament. Only one other player won all three games and that was Daniel Peace, 12k Oxford. Jil Segerman won the 13x13 with 2/2 and Jim Clare won the problem competition as the only entry. The Black Rabbits won the team prize and Paul Barnard won the caption competition.