Newsletter 201: December 2014

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Annual General Meeting

Our AGM will be held in Shrewsbury as part of the British Open on 28th March 2015. As per our Constitution any members wishing to submit items or motions to the agenda need to send them to the Secretary by 31st December.

Annual Awards

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 nomination. These should be sent to the President.

British Go Journal

Good news! The British Go Journal has been saved: Bob Scantlebury has volunteered to be the new editor after the next issue (Pat Ridley’s final one) and will be joint editor for the next issue. We welcome him on board, so please help him with many contributions.

Teaching Professionals at Our events

  • Chizu Kobayashi We are pleased to let you know that Chizu Kobayashi, who is well known to many of you, has agreed to be the professional player at several of our events next year including the Candidates and a Strong Players Weekend, subject to finalising the financial arrangements with the Nihon Kiin and the Japanese Embassy. She also visits Oxford several times a year, so why don’t you try and catch up with her there? Watch this space for more details.
  • London Open Two teaching pros will be in attendance. Fan Hui, 4p will provide teaching and game analysis for tournament participants. Dongeun Choi, 1p, will provide teaching and game analysis for kyu, particularly DDK participants.


  • To Andrew Kay who defeated Alex Kent to retain the British Championship by three games to nil.
  • To our Pandanet European Team for 3 successive wins - why not watch our next game against Ireland on Tuesday 9th at 8pm?
  • To the European Youth Team on their first win against Italy.
  • To all who won prizes in tournaments, see them on


Full details are in the our Tournament Calendar

  • South London Kyu Players 6 December 2014, Quaker Meeting House, Croydon, Website:
  • Edinburgh Christmas 13 December 2014, Old St Paul's Episcopal Church Hall, Edinburgh
  • London Open 28 December 2014 - 31 December 2014, International Students House, 229 Great Portland Street Website:
  • Maidenhead-Hitachi 24 January 2015, Hitachi Europe Head Office at Whitebrook Park, Lower Cookham Road, Maidenhead Register:
  • Irish Open (Confucius Cup) 6 February 2015 - 8 February 2015, Dublin, Ireland, Website:
  • Cheshire 7 February 2015, Frodsham Community Centre, Fluin Lane, Frodsham, Cheshire, Website: Register:
  • Trigantius 7 March 2015, Cambridge University Social Club, Mill Lane No web page yet, but you can enter early by email to Geoff Kaniuk
  • British Open 27 March 2015 - 29 March 2015, Prince Rupert Hotel, Butcher Row, Shrewsbury, Register: Friday 27th: Teaching session, British Lightning Tournament and Social; Saturday 28th: British Open rounds 1 to 3, AGM, Congress meal option, Social; Sunday 29th British Open rounds 4 to 6.
  • Welwyn Garden City 18 April 2015
  • Candidates' 2 May 2015 - 4 May 2015, The Fulbourn Centre, 31 Home End, Fulbourn, Cambridge (Open to British players who are members of the Association with rating above 1899 from a tournament between April 2014 and March 2015).
    Please check the calendar for more detail. If you have qualified and are planning to attend, you should start looking for accommodation now. If you do not travel by car and need to be very near the venue, please contact Geoff Kaniuk
  • Bar-Low, 3 May 2015 (provisional), Cambridge
  • Bracknell 17 May 2015
  • Challengers' League 23 May 2015 - 26 May 2015, Goddard Arms, 1 High St, Swindon. For qualifiers from the Candidates' Tournament only.
  • Scottish Open 30 May 2015 - 31 May 2015, Glasgow


  • Welsh Open, Barmouth, Saturday 20th – Sunday 21st June 2015
  • Isle of Man Go Festival, Port Erin, Sunday 23rd – Friday 28th August 2015
  • Isle of Skye Tournament, Saturday 5th – Sunday 6th March 2016 (provisional)
  • British Go Congress Friday 8th - Sunday 10th April 2016 (provisional). Cambridge
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