BGA Newsletter 233 August 2017

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The full set of recent news items, including further details of some of the items shown here, are on our News Pages, and on News Headlines.

UK Go Challenge Finals

After a gap in 2016, the UK Go Challenge Finals were back. This time the event was sponsored by Mindsports Academy (MSA) as part of their youth championship event. The venue was the very pleasant function rooms of Stoke City's stadium.

Overall winner was George Han, (pictured here). A full report is here.

For more about the Challenge, and tips for setting up a junior Go club, visit the UK Go Challenge page.

Mind Sports Olympiad

Besides Go, there are competitions for many other games and mind sports, and there is a free learn to play room throughout the event. See the full range on the MSO Events page.
Sponsors include DeepMind whose website has news about AlphaGo's next move.
There are generous cash prizes, as well as medals, for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the three Go competitions. First prize in the Open is £200.

British Go Journal

The Summer 2017 edition of the BGJ, Issue 180, is available in the members' area for members to read.


Online League – New season

Co-ordinator Michael Kyle writes:
"The online league is a team competition where matches can be played from anywhere with an internet connection! In a typical season players will get the chance to play a broad range of players in an organised competitive tournament format and have records of all the games for review.
If you attend a club: why not ask around and try to get a team together for the league.
If you don’t attend a club: entries of teams made up of non-club players are encouraged. Please get in touch and we can try to match you up with some suitable team mates.
Matches between teams require three players each, so teams must contain at least three people, but more is advisable to ensure availability. To enter a team, express your interest or ask a question please email"

Further information is on our Online Leagues page.


  • British Championship Match Game 1, Saturday 19th August, private venue, live online relay
  • Mind Sports Olympiad, Go 19x19 Sunday 20th August, London
  • Mind Sports Olympiad, Go 9x9 and 13x13 Monday 21st August, London
  • Central London Monthly 13x13 Tournament, Saturday 9th September
  • Penzance (Cornwall), Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September
  • Strong Players' Training Weekend, Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th September, Letchworth
  • Sheffield, Sunday 24th September
  • Swindon, Saturday 30th September
  • Northern, Saturday 14th October, Cheadle Hulme
  • Central London Monthly 13x13 Tournament, Saturday 14th October
  • Wessex, Sunday 29th October, Bath
  • Three Peaks, Saturday 4th November - Sunday 5th November, Ingleton
  • Manchester 'Doki Doki' (Japanese Festival), Saturday 11th November
  • Central London Monthly 13x13 Tournament, Saturday 11th November
  • British Youth, Saturday 18th November (provisional), Aston (provisional)
  • Central London Monthly 13x13 Tournament, Saturday 9th December
  • London Open, Thursday 28th – Sunday 31st December


  • Isle of Skye, Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th March
  • Candidates' Tournament, Saturday 5th - Monday 7th May.
  • Durham, Saturday 9th – Sunday 10th June
  • Welsh Open, Saturday 30th June - Sunday 1st July, Barmouth


The European Go Federation's Tournament Calendar includes the Major European Tournaments and a World Tournament Calendar

The EGF is introducing a biweekly newsletter. You can read about it and sign up at the announcement page

Last updated Sun Feb 18 2018.
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