BGA Newsletter 245 August 2018

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BGJ 184 is now available

The Summer 2018 edition of the British Go Journal is now available in the Members' Area.

Annual World Collegiate Weiqi Championship (AWCC)

The fifth AWCC was held in Cambridge this year and organised by the International University Weichi Federation (IUWF). Naturally it was supported by the BGA. Many of the organising team were students at British Universities including Daniel Hu, Junan Jiang, Weichin Dai and Joanne Leung.

The tournament had 102 players and it was held over two days and six rounds, apart from the A group that also had semi-finals and final on the third day. In the final (shown here) Baek Woon Ki beat Tang Hau Liu to become this years AWCC champion.

UK Go Challenge Finals

After the AWCC had ended, the following day, 14th July, the BGA used one of the playing rooms to organise the UK Go Challenge Finals. Thanks to the Ing foundation of Shanghai, the Go equipment used by the AWCC has been donated to the BGA and it was used by the 28 children attending the Finals.

Battled over 7 rounds on 13x13 boards, the finals ended up in a three-way tie, with joint winners Charlotte Bexfield, Edmund Smith and Yue Wen. These won U18 Girls, U14 Boys and U8 Boys respectively.

The other age-group winners were: U16 Boys David Baldwin, U12 Boys Alexander Hsieh, U10 Boys Theodore Chui, U14 Girls Hilary Bexfield, U12 Girls Julia Volovich, U10 Girls Zoe Walters, U8 Girls Auden Oliviere. Keira Haden won the Challengers' section for beginners. Best senior club was Cambridge (beating Letchworth 2-1) and Harpenden was the best Primary School.

British Championship Title Match - Game 1

On Saturday 21st July the first game of the British Championship, between Andrew Simons and Sam Aitken, took place. After more than 6 hours of play, Andrew Simons won by 2.5 points after Sam failed to successfully invade a large corner of Andrew's. A commentary by Andrew Simons is available here. The next game will be be announced on the BGA events page, with again live online relay in the British Room on KGS.

DeepMind AlphaGo Team Receive Inaugural IJCAI Marvin Minsky Medal

The team behind DeepMind’s world-beating AlphaGo system have been announced as the recipients of the inaugural Marvin Minsky Medal for Outstanding Achievements in Artificial Intelligence, given by the International Joint Conferences on Artificial Intelligence organisation. IJCAI report here.


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Further details on

  • Mind Sports Olympiad, Go Open Sunday 19th, 13x13 and 9x9 Monday 20th August, London
  • Youth Training Residential, Wednesday 29th - Friday 31st August, near Grantham
  • Arundel, Saturday 1st September
  • Penzance (Cornwall), Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September
  • Sheffield, Sunday 23rd September
  • Swindon, Saturday 29th September
  • T Mark Hall Rapid Play Tournament, Saturday 29th September, London Go Centre
  • International Teams Autumn Match, Sunday 30th September, London Go Centre
  • Northern, Sunday 21st October, Cheadle Hulme
  • Wessex, Sunday 28th October, Bath
  • Three Peaks, Saturday 3rd November - Sunday 4th November, Ingleton, Yorkshire
  • Doki Doki Festival, Manchester, Saturday 10th November
  • London Open, Friday 28th–Monday 31st December, London Go Centre.


  • 27th Welsh Open, Saturday 22nd - Sunday 23rd June 2019, Barmouth
  • European Go Congress, Brussels, 20th July - 4th August 2019.
  • Leo Phillips Isle Of Man Go Festival, Sunday 11th - Friday 16th August 2019 (provisional)


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

Last updated Wed Aug 08 2018.
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