BGA Newsletter 235 October 2017

I owe you all an apology. I sent out the Newsletter without the important announcement about the opening of the new London Go Centre next month.

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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.

Two new Clubs

A stand at the Freshers Fair of Manchester University was exceptionally busy with no less than 100 students registering interest. The inaugural meeting was attended by 30, seriously overflowing the allocated room. Students were mostly beginners but included some experienced players as well. A Facebook page is already in operation

Norwich players have been trying for some years to get a critical mass that would support a club. INTO at UEA (an associate college of the University of East Anglia) are giving permission and space for a stand at their Welcome Fair. We hope this will result in a joint town-and-gown club.

Launch of the London Go Centre

London Go Clubs, with the support of the T Mark Hall Foundation, Nippon Club IGo Kai and the BGA are pleased to announce the launch of the London Go Centre (LGC), thanks to a generous hosting offer by the Young Chelsea Bridge Club. The LGC will be open on the weekend of 11/12 November and every weekend after, at the existing West London Go Club (WLGC) venue see map

We are developing new activities, however the first event is, thanks to Colin Lee (Central London), the monthly 13x13 tournament which has been moved there. On that weekend we will also be hosting a launch party, all welcome, details of which will appear on GoTalk.

The annual London Go training day will be subsumed into LGC events. The LGC (a charity in formation) will take over the WLGC which will then meet on Wednesdays only. As ever all London activity may be found on London Go Clubs website.

If you are a Go teacher and looking for a venue to offer lessons, if you have ideas for developing the LGC, or if you want to know more, please contact Gerry Gavigan:

Daniel Hu wins British Championship

After winning the first game of the title match on 19th August, Daniel Hu beat Andrew Simons in the second game on 30th September to take the match 2-0. With live broadcast on KGS, and parallel live commentary of the first game by Matthew Macfadyen, more than 60 spectators could be found enjoying the game at any one time.


Teams for the new online league season need to be confirmed by the end of October. If you have a team of three or more players, please send a list of names and ranks to league admin Michael Kyle at right away. Likewise if you are an individual interested in joining a team and playing, please send your details and we will endeavour to put such players together into a new team.


You will soon be finding significant changes to the menu tree of the website, and in rare instances this may affect bookmarks. This restructuring is in preparation of a new theme under Drupal7, the upgraded content management system. The objectives are to make the site more friendly for mobile phones as well as bring a fresh look. A new section ‘Resources’ will develop over time, hosting many of the useful niche items. Other movements should be to fairly obvious locations; failing that, the ‘HELP’ may give a clue.


  • Northern, Saturday 14th October, Cheadle Hulme
  • Central London Monthly 13x13 Tournament, Saturday 14th October
  • Wessex, Sunday 29th October, Bath
  • Three Peaks, Saturday 4th - Sunday 5th November, Ingleton
  • Manchester 'Doki Doki' (Japanese Festival), Saturday 11th November
  • London Monthly 13x13 Tournament, Saturday 11th November
  • Launch of the London Go Centre, Saturday 11th - Sunday 12th November, see article above
  • British Youth, Saturday 18th November, Aston
  • Cork, Saturday 25th - Sunday 26th November
  • Coventry, Saturday 2nd or Sunday 3rd December, Warwick University
  • London Monthly 13x13 Tournament, Saturday 9th December
  • Edinburgh Christmas, Saturday 16th December
  • London Open, Thursday 28th – Sunday 31st December
  • Maidenhead-Hitachi, Saturday 20th January 2018
  • Cheshire, Saturday 3rd February, Frodsham
  • Isle of Skye, Saturday 3rd - Sunday 4th March
  • Trigantius, Saturday 10th March, Cambridge


  • British Go Congress, Friday 6th - Sunday 8th April 2018, Bristol
  • Candidates' Tournament, Saturday 5th - Monday 7th May.
  • Durham, Saturday 9th – Sunday 10th June
  • Welsh Open, Saturday 30th June - Sunday 1st July, Barmouth
  • Mind Sports Olympiad, Sunday 19th – Monday 27th August, London
  • Leo Phillips Isle Of Man Go Festival, Sunday 11th - Friday 16th August 2019 (provisional).


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