This document states the current policies of the British Go Association (BGA). Items in italics were approved by Council on 21st February 2010.
The policies stated in this document, and their application, are subject to the provisions of the Constitution , which can be modified only by a 2/3 majority of those voting at a General Meeting of the Association.
These policies are not intended to restrict our effective operation. Council reserves the right to revise them, or to depart from them in specific cases, where it judges it appropriate to do so, subject to the requirement to conform to the
Anybody wishing to propose a change to this document should either contact any member of Council, or raise their proposal for discussion on the bga-policy email list. (Note that this email list can be accessed only after joining the list, through the bga-policy list subscription page , and is open to Association members only. )
For this document and all documents it refers to, the version on the website here is the official version.
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3. Working with Children and Young People
The following is copied from our Policy on Working with Children and Young People . See this for more details, especially on Principles and Guidelines.
- It is the responsibility of all members of the Association to do their best to prevent the physical, sexual and emotional abuse of children and young people and to report any abuse, alleged or suspected.
- We will respond without delay to any complaints made that a child or young person, for whom the Association or its members or officers are responsible, may have been harmed.
- Association members who provide Go teaching to children and young people in schools should comply with any request by the school to obtain a Disclosure or Enhanced Disclosure from the Criminal Records Bureau.
- Council is responsible for appointing a Child Protection Adviser who:
- advises Council on Child Protection Policy and its implementation;
- advises members involved in youth Go activities; and
- is available to members to discuss any situation of concern that may come to their notice.
- We require an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service for the Youth Development Officer ,
Child Protection Adviser and
Education Officer . The Enhanced Disclosure must be not more than 3 years old. We will obtain and/or renew such disclosures where they are needed.
- Council will satisfy themselves as to the suitability of any person applying to take on the roles of
Youth Development Officer ,
Child Protection Adviser and
Education Officer , through a process which as a minimum:
- discusses any previous experience working with children and young people;
- requests the volunteer to confirm that they have never been convicted of, or cautioned for, a sexual offence or other offence against children;
- has the volunteer either show or complete an application for the Enhanced Disclosure required by the previous policy.
- The organizers of Association supported Go Tournaments and other events which are open to all adults and children are considered for the purposes of this policy not to have direct responsibility for the care and supervision of children participating in the event. They are therefore not required to seek Disclosure or Enhanced Disclosure from the Criminal Records Bureau.
Another document describes our Policy and Procedures for checking criminal records .
For more information about the Rating System we operate see the Rating System FAQ , which uses the European Go Federation (EGF) rating system.
Many British tournaments are run on the McMahon system, which tries to pair players of equal strength. This relies on players entering the tournament at a realistic grade so that fair games between players can be achieved. Many European tournaments are also run on the McMahon system, so again we would like to ensure that our players perform satisfactorily in European events. Consequently the aim of our ratings policy is:
- keep British grades reasonably close to the European average
- help players get a fair draw at British McMahon events and
- help players perform on equal terms in European tournaments.
7.1 Rated Games
It is recognised that not all players are able to play in every tournament and some players' published ratings may lag excessively behind their actual playing strength. To address this issue, our policy regarding which games count towards rating points is as follows:
- All Association approved events which have time limits at or better than the EGF class C limits are submitted for ratings. The main exclusions are Pairgo, and Team events.
- Where isolated players cannot get to tournaments frequently enough, they can arrange 'rating games' of tournament standard against other Association rated players to be played outside Association events.
- Affiliated clubs may also arrange 'club ladder events', which can be submitted for ratings.
- We encourage travel to ensure that these 'extra games' do not lead to frequent pairings within
- The rules governing rated games played outside Association tournaments are found in Rated Games .
7.2 Tournament Entry Grade and Rating Resets
The policy is:
- If you play in a reasonable number of tournaments and are making average progress enter them at a grade equal to the strength listed on the current version of our ratings page , rounded to the nearest whole number. This includes cases where the player's rounded strength is higher than his official grade.
- If you are 3 kyu or below and play in many tournaments, and are making very rapid progress consider promoting 1 stone more than you would normally to get at least a 2 stone rating reset.
- If you can only get to tournaments infrequently and cannot arrange suitable rating games then contact your club secretary or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss an appropriate tournament entry grade when you do next attend.
- Strong kyu players can gain a rating reset to 1 dan or a 2 dan in extreme circumstance if this is agreed in advance with us.
- A dan player must agree any rating reset in advance with us.
7.3 Players with On-line Grades only
We encourage on-line players to enter over-the-board tournaments. In order to establish a relation between on-line server grades and our strengths we will be setting up a system to collect information from players who play in tournaments as well as on-line. Until a meaningful correlation between server and our grades is established, the following guide will apply for an on-line player entering one of our tournaments for the very first time or after a long absence:
- For kyu players the grade = server grade - 2
- For dan players the grade is also = server grade - 2, but the highest entry grade is 2 dan unless agreed
ahead of time by us.
7.4 Dan Certificates and Grades
We monitor the progress of
our members' ratings and awards official dan certificates when specified targets have been reached. Official dan certificates are never revoked, even if a player's rating subsequently falls.
British Go Association dan certificates since November 2003 have been awarded based on our
ratings , which are in turn based on the European ratings . You will
be awarded an X dan certificate when:
- your strength reaches
X.0 at the end of a tournament you played in, except that for
promotion to 7 dan your strength must reach 7.5 dan.
- you must be a member of the Association; and
- you must have played enough games in the ratings for your strength to be
More precisely, you must have had a run of tournaments during
which you played ten or more rated games, where your rating (changed from strength by Council 26th February 2011) at the end of
the run was at least as high as it was before the beginning of the run.
that in some cases the European rating algorithm will reset your rating. If
this happens, you must meet this condition between the rating reset and
being awarded a dan certificate.
Players with official dan certificates are entitled to enter tournaments at that grade, but are encouraged to enter them at a grade equal to the strength listed on the current version of our ratings page , rounded to the nearest whole number. Anyone wanting to enter tournaments outside the range from their official certificate grade to their rounded strength should seek approval from Council before doing so.
We respect grades assigned by foreign Go organisations to those resident abroad.
In the first instance tournament directors are encouraged to be proactive in ensuring that their players are entering at realistic grades. The results of all our tournament are scrutinised and submitted to the EGF by our ratings official. If anomalous entry grades are present in the results, submission of games to the EGF rating system may be delayed and the following procedure adopted:
- The issue is first discussed with the tournament director, and if this does not resolve the problem, then:
- The anomaly is discussed in Council.
- Any decision taken by Council and the tournament director (TD) is communicated to both TD and player.
- In most cases the results published on the web will remain unaffected.
7.6 Complaints Procedure
It is very much hoped that players' entry grades are essentially self managed, and much information is provided to help players determine their entry grades. However, if any player wishes to complain about the published rating of either themselves or another player on our rating list then the following procedure must be adopted:
- The player makes the complaint in writing to email@example.com .
- The complaint is discussed in Council.
- The Council decision is communicated to the player(s) involved as appropriate.
In order to accommodate the varied ratings strategies in Europe, we calibrate our strengths against the whole of the European database of players. This is achieved by means of a least squares fit (linear regression) of player's ratings versus grade. As at April 2010 this leads to the formula
This means that a nominal shodan (rating 2100) has a strength of 1.7d rather than 1.0d. It is for this reason
that rating resets in the dan grades have to be very carefully controlled.
We continue to monitor the rating/grades relationship to identify any action on our calibration procedure that may be required in the future.
We consider that the purpose of a website is to convey information, rather than to show off the designer’s technical abilities.
The pages on this website are maintained by the Webmaster and his team.
The team endeavours to keep the information which they present up to date and as true as is possible, to the best of their knowledge.
However there is a large body of information here, and some of it may be mistaken. There are also no doubt numerous omissions of information which the webmaster has never received. If you notice any errors or omissions, please notify the webmaster, specifying the page which needs correcting. The team then will make the necessary changes.
If it ever happens that there is a dispute about the truth of a statement on these pages, the webmaster will refer this to the President and Council, and will accept their decision.
These pages, particularly the ones giving product reviews, also express opinions. If you feel that an opinion on these pages is unfair, please write a page giving your own opinion, and either put it on your own website or send it to the webmaster to be hosted on our site. The webmaster will place links to your page from the page with which you disagree.
The British Go Association is not responsible for the content of other websites, even if this site links to them.
Photographs in which individuals are identifiable should only be added to the
site after the people pictured have been asked whether this is OK.
We will not add identifiable photographs of of people under the age of
18 to this site.
Usage and Copyright
Our policies are:
- We retain copyright for all items published on its site, except when copyright is retained by authors
- Links to items within this website are permitted without any notification
- Articles and photos may be reproduced for the purpose of promoting Go and not for profit, providing that the British Go Association website is attributed as the source, together with a link to the originating material, and the permission of the webmaster has been sought and obtained in writing in advance.
More details on other aspects of our web site are defined on the
About the Web Site page.
We accept advertising from commercial organisations as well as private individuals and non-profit organisations.
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Advertising General Terms and Conditions
- All bookings must be confirmed in writing.
- The British Go Association (BGA) reserves the right to refuse, amend, withdraw or
otherwise deal with Adverts submitted at their absolute discretion and without
explanation. All Adverts must comply with the British Code of Advertising Practice.
- The above rates are based on the Advertiser providing camera-ready copy.
- Copy must conform to the BGA's requirements and the BGA reserves the right to
charge for any additional work involved in amending the copy of the Advert to conform
to its requirements.
- The BGA will not be liable for any loss or damage consequential or otherwise
occasioned by error, late publication or the failure of an advert to appear from any
- The Advertiser's sole remedy if the BGA, or its third party subcontractors, make an error
in displaying or printing any Advert is the cost of re-running the relevant Advert. Neither the BGA nor its subcontractors shall be liable for failure to display or print the Advert caused by circumstances outside their control.
- The Advertiser will indemnify the BGA against any damage and/or loss and/or expense that the BGA may incur as a direct or indirect consequence of the Advertiser's advert.
- Payments are to be made within 30 days of receipt of invoice to the BGA's Bank Account. The BGA reserves the right to charge the Advertiser any costs it incurs resulting from the Advertisers chosen method of payment.
- Series discounts apply only to orders placed in advance and completed within the agreed period. The BGA reserves the right to surcharge in the event of a series of Adverts not being completed within that period. If the Advertiser cancels the balance of
a contract to publish a series of Adverts it relinquishes any series discount and all Adverts will be paid for at the appropriate rate.
- If an Advert links to another site, the Advertiser is responsible for maintaining the link and for the content of the linked site. BGA may remove any Advert which contains content or links to a site which, in BGA's opinion, is defamatory or objectionable or will bring BGA into disrepute. The Advertiser will indemnify BGA from and against any claims or liability arising from links contained in an Advert.
- If BGA receives complaints about the content of an Advert it may, at its discretion, remove the Advert from display without reference or liability to the Advertiser.
- If payment is not received within 30 days the advert will be withdrawn from the website.
Our current Advertising Rates and Terms and Conditions are also downloadable here .
Contact the Advertising Manager to discuss your requirements further.
31st December 2009
14. Data Protection and Publicity
Policy approved 22nd November 2009 and revised 16th June 2013.
- We acknowledge that we are subject to the Data Protection Act 1998.
- We understand that we are exempt from registering with the Information Commissioner’s Office.
- We keep details of names, addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses and Go strengths on a computer database. This data is kept secure, is not divulged outside the Association (except as required by law) and is only available on a need-to know basis.
- We may divulge your contact details to other Association members for the purpose of enabling members to play Go and to encourage the formation of new Go clubs. Members may opt out of allowing their contact details to be shared by notifying the Membership Secretary accordingly.
- Personal data is deleted:-
- When a member specifically requests it or
- Within 18 months of a member failing to renew their annual subscription.
- We run email groups, and the list of email addresses is kept secure, is not divulged outside the Association (except as required by law) and is only available on a need-to know basis. However, your email address will be visible to other members of the group if you make postings.
- Tournaments: We publish the results of tournaments on the Internet, and by entering a tournament players agree to this. Some tournaments may publish a list of entrants in advance, but entrants should have the opportunity to opt out of this.
16.1 Bulk Communications
We send official information to our members via
- the British Go Journal
- announcements on our website (our RSS feed) - this is automatically fed to our Facebook page
- the (electronic) Newsletter
- directly by email to our members.
Note: We use the email address notified to our Membership Secretary.
Now, none of these provide any general feedback mechanisms for our members, so in addition we also use the bga-policy mailing list , which is restricted to members and for which we guarantee to provide a response in a reasonable time-scale.
Members may also use this mailing list to contact Council and other members in general.
The Gotalk mailing list is not such an official channel.
16.2 Individual communications
A list of contact persons with addresses and phone numbers is published in our publications and on our website . We expect the named people to respond to you in a reasonable time-scale. It's helpful if you direct initial queries to the specific official involved, rather than Council in general.
Requests for information to specific people or Council via the Gotalk mailing list may or may not get a response in a ‘reasonable’ timescale, since apart from anything else they may get lost in the torrent of emails in some people’s inboxes. [This even assumes that all Council members read Gotalk of course, which is not guaranteed.]
Note: we hope to respond to all queries within a few days, but 'reasonable time-scale' depends on the nature of the query, whether the person contacted is on holiday etc., so you can't always expect a response within a week and perhaps longer. Please be patient with us as we're all volunteers.
If you don't get a response in what you think is a reasonable time-scale then escalate the query to the Committee Chairman involved or to our President .