Newsletter 220: July 2016

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Welsh Open: Brian Timmins Trophy

There were 35 players in the Welsh Open, with 8 players above the bar competing for a new trophy. This is the Brian Timmins Plaque, kindly presented by his widow Kathleen. Brian's favourite annual tournament was the Welsh Open and he sadly died not long after playing (as he always had) in last year's event. The trophy went to this year's winner Wenshi Chen (5d) from Warwick University, who won all six games, and he is shown receiving it from Kathleen and organiser Martin Harvey. Wenshi also reviewed various games during the weekend, which was much appreciated.

Andrew Simons wins 5 at World Amateur Go Championship

Andrew Simons (4d) ended in 21st place of 56 for the UK at the 37th World Amateur Go Championship, held in Wuxi, China, from 5th - 8th June.
Photo: Andrew Simmons (left) vs. Leon Rios (1d) of Peru

British Pair Go Championship 2016

The British Pair Go Championships returned to the Red Lion in Hatfield and the organisers, Francis Roads and Jenny Radcliffe, were very pleased at the increase to 16 pairs, 8 in each section.
You may read more in the annual UK Pair Go Report.

Below: Championship winners Joanne Leung and Bruno Poltronieri; Best-dressed pair Hui Zhang & Fred Zhu, with organiser Francis Roads


BGA Bookstall

Roger Huyshe writes: I am discontinuing the bookstall in order to focus on other Go duties. I will however continue to act as a source of inexpensive equipment with the specific aim of getting new players into the game. For example, sets are available for startup clubs and for sale at exhibitions.

Social media

Jon Diamond writes: Our Facebook page ( now has more than 950 likes. We don’t know what this really means, but what about making it more than 1,000? Like our page or get your friends to do so!


  • Arundel: Saturday 20th August
  • British Championship, Game 1: Saturday 20th August Live relay on KGS, provisionally from 10:30
  • Liverpool Japan Day: Saturday 20th August
  • Mind Sports Olympiad, London: Sunday 21st – Monday 29th August, London. MSO 9x9 and MSO Small Board Sunday 28th August; MSO Open Monday 29th August
  • Northern: Sunday 4th September, Manchester
  • Cornwall: Saturday 10th - Sunday 11th September, Penzance
  • Swindon: Saturday 24th September
  • Belfast: Saturday 24th - Sunday 25th September
  • "Didactics of Mindsports" Conference: Saturday 1st October, Cambridge
  • Sheffield: Sunday 9th October (provisional)
  • Wessex: Sunday 30th October (provisional)
  • Three Peaks: Saturday 5th - Sunday 6th November, Ingleton
  • Doki Doki - The Manchester Japanese Festival: Saturday 12th November
  • London Open: Wednesday 28th–Saturday 31st December
Last updated Tue May 02 2017.
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