Newsletter 213: December 2015

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Oscar Selby wins The 2015 British Youth Go Championships

To determine the overall winner, Oscar Selby had to play and beat Alex Terry in a rapid play-off game.

Section Winners (Runners Up)
* Youth Champion: Oscar Selby (Alex Terry)
* U18: Alex Benton (Kapriel Chiarini)
* U16: Alex Terry (Hasan Nisar)
* U14: Oscar Selby (Jack Nolan)
* U12: Edmund Smith (Aidan Wong)
* U10: Alexander Hsieh
* U8: Jianzhou Mei (Andreas Ghica)
Handicap winner: Marieke Ahlborn (Zichen He, Zaki Betesh, Jason Brown)
Best School (for the Castledine Trophy): Cheadle Hulme School (beat Milton 2-1 in round 4)
Best Junior School: Milton School, Cambridge
Puzzle solvers: Alina Wolowczyk, Charlotte Bexfield
Fighting Spirit: Daniel Atkinson, Andreas Ghica.

British Championship 2015 Title Match

The 2nd game of the British Championship 2015 title match, between Andrew Kay and Andrew Simons, will take place next Saturday, 12th December, from 10:00AM. This game will be broadcast on KGS in the British Room. Andrew Kay won the first game by a very small margin in an interesting game lasting 8 hours - hopefully we'll see another close game next Saturday!

Although originally the title match was to be a best-of-5 match, both players have now agreed to reduce this to a best-of-3 due to the fact that we've been struggling to find time to schedule in the games. So, if Andrew Kay wins the second game he will become the 2015 champion.

Hope that some people will join us on KGS to watch the game live!

Computers to win at Go?


Child Genius

Child Genius is back for a 4th series on Channel 4, and as usual they are looking for children (aged 8-12) and their families to take part. Here’s the link in which parents can apply (on behalf of their child)


Online League: Message to 2015 and 2016 participants

The closing date for the 2015 league is 7th December. Partly-completed games will be marked as drawn unless otherwise agreed by all concerned.

We intend to get the 2016 season going by the beginning of February, so please can every team that would like to play let John Collins know at the earliest opportunity and if at all possible by the New Year.

Prizes: For the winning team in each division there will be 1 place on Guo Juan's Internet Go School Group Classes on KGS and 2 entries on the online training system, consisting of web-based audio lectures on scores of topics and associated problem sets with exercises with each lecture. For more details of these see Guo Juan's Go School.

British Go Association Annual Awards

Don't forget to make your nominations for these awards (plus a max 100 word citation) in the following categories:
* Club of the Year
* Player of the Year
* Recruiter of the Year (new for this year!)
* Loss of the Year

Nominations must be received by 31st December (send to president), with voting opening shortly thereafter and closing one week before the AGM on 2nd April in Sheffield. There will also be a President's Award for 2016, at the President's discretion obviously! Please see for the current status.

British Go Journal

Contributions are most welcome from players of all grades. Guidelines: Copy date for the next issue is 29th February 2016


Full details are in our Events Calendar.

  • Edinburgh Christmas: Saturday 19th December
  • London Open: Monday 28th–Thursday 31st December
  • Maidenhead-Hitachi: Saturday 23rd January
  • Belfast Handicap: Saturday 30th January
  • Cheshire: Saturday 6th February, Frodsham
  • Irish Go Congress, Dublin: Friday 4th March to Sunday 6th March
  • Isle of Skye Tournament: Saturday 5th March–Sunday 6th March
  • Trigantius: Saturday 12th March, Cambridge
  • British Go Congress: Friday 1st - Sunday 3rd April, Sheffield
  • Welwyn Garden City: Saturday 23rd April
  • Bracknell: Sunday 22nd May

* Durham: Saturday 11th – Sunday 12th June
* Welsh Open: Saturday 18th June - Sunday 19th June, Barmouth
* Mind Sports Olympiad, Sunday 21st – Monday 29th August (provisional)

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