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  • Eleven male-female pairs made it to the 2024 British Pair Go Championships. This time the organiser, Pat Ridley, used the Leicester County Bridge Club in the north of Leicester as the venue, following on from its use for Youth and Candidates' events.

    Unfortunately only three strong pairs attended to make the top group, with local player Toby Manning acting as a ghost. There were eight pairs in the handicap group with grades from 5.5k to 28k. A lot of these pairs featured youngsters from Cheadle Hulme, but also pairs from Wokingham and Lancaster attended.

    Winning all three games to win the Championship…

  • 2024 marks 30 years of Go in Durham, and coincidentally Round 1 of the Durham Go Tournament started with 30 people playing - with ranks ranging from 4d to 24k. It was held in Elvet Hill House, next to the Oriental Museum, as it has for the last few years.

    The top board was live streamed; this meant that people who couldn't make the tournament this year were able to watch along and we could also show it on the projector in the side room. Also in the side room there were free refreshments (tea, coffee, soft drinks, biscuits and cakes (as shown in the picture)), tables set out for game reviews and lightning…

  • The Not the London Open was held as usual at the London Go Centre over the second May Bank Holiday Weekend. The organisers were very pleased with 50 entrants from 7 dan to 19 kyu and also that professional Stanislaw Frejlak attended to give game reviews and commentaries.

    Winning the event with six wins out of six (including "lucky" wins against the 7 dans) was Ziyin Yuan (5d) from China who is currently living in London. He is shown here receiving the trophy from the professional. Second was Yicheng Xiao (7d) with five wins and third was Yuhang Xing (7d) with four wins. Best below-the-bar player…

  • With the UK already promoted they just had to turn up and avoid a match point penalty. Unfortunately Scott Cobbold tried to arrange his game against Victor Chow on the Sunday before, but failed to make the game and the team occurred a two board point penalty. The others did show up with a win for Des Cann and close losses for Jon Diamond and Alison Bexfield, allowing second placed South Africa a three-one win to finish just one match point behind the UK and earn the play-off place.

    So the final C-League ordering was UK, South Africa, Spain, Slovakia, Kyrgyzstan, Denmark, Slovenia and Norway.

    League Page with game records

    Jon Diamond wrote: It was all going so well…

  • The Spring 2024 edition of the BGJ is now available for members to read in the Members' Area, with printed copies being sent out to those that receive them.