BGA Newsletter 252 March 2019

Contributions for the Newsletter are always welcome, both from our members and others. We ask that they be Go-related and “newsy". The place for debate and general discussion is currently Gotalk; however, an introduction to a new topic is fine in the Newsletter. Instructions: Please use plain text not file-attachments. Keep it brief, and give web-links and contact details. It's good to include pictures. If they are on the internet, send me the URL. If not, attach the picture files to your email. Send your contribution to to arrive by the first day of the month.

Jil Segerman, Newsletter Editor


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.

European Youth Go Team Championship

In the final match, our Youth team of Daniel Yang, Edmund Smith, Alexander Hsieh, Yanyi Xiong and Jianzhou Mei lost 2-3 to Czechia. As a result we ended up in 7th position (out of 12); the League winners were Russia, with France 2nd and Romania 3rd.

Pandanet Go European Team Championship

In the January match our team lost again by three games to one, this time against Austria. The only win was by Joanne Leung, making her debut in the League on board 4. In February our team fought hard and managed a draw against Switzerland. The next match will be on Tuesday 19th March, against Norway.

Fischer Time Trialled at Cheshire Tournament

The 21st Cheshire Tournament became the first event in the UK to use Fischer Time on new BGA electronic clocks. The 42 players successfully used the new system that gives extra time for each move played. The basic time was set at 40 minutes and ten seconds were added each move, remaining a B class tournament; only one game was lost on time (selecting the optional warning beep helped most avoid this) and fast players often had more time left at the end than they started with.


Annual General Meeting of the British Go Association

The BGA AGM will be held during the British Go Congress at 7pm on Saturday, 6th April 2019 at the Macdonald Hotel, Manchester. The agenda is:

  1. Election of tellers
  2. Minutes of the 2018 AGM
  3. Matters arising from the minutes
  4. Officers, Membership Secretary and Auditor's reports
  5. 2018 accounts
  6. Election of Officers and Auditor
  7. Election of ordinary Council Members
  8. Proposals from members
  9. Any other business

Nominations for President, Treasurer and Secretary should be sent to the Secretary (secretary @ before 23th March 2019. Nominations for ordinary Council Members should be submitted before the start of the AGM.

Events Info.

For the EVENTS section this time we are trialling a new slimmed-down format, indicating just the type of event and its location, plus the usual reminder, as before, of the Events Calendar.

In addition, the Newsletter can be a good place to promote events. So I'd like to encourage organisers to strut their stuff and write a NEWS item about their upcoming event. This might include teaching sessions, side competitions, social events, things for non-playing families to do, and of course pictures.


Full information via the Events Calendar.

THIS MONTH: Trigantius Cambridge, Irish Go Congress Dublin, Harpenden
APRIL: British Go Congress Manchester
MAY: Candidates' (closed event) Letchworth, Bar-Low London, Self-Paired London, Kyu Training Nottingham, Oxford, Not the London Open, Scottish Open Glasgow
JUNE: Pair Go Hatfield, Durham, Welsh Open Barmouth
JULY: UK Go Challenge Finals (TBA)
AUGUST: Leo Phillips Isle of Man Go Festival, Mind Sports Olympiad London
SEPTEMBER: T Mark Hall Rapid Play London, International Teams Autumn Match London

European Go Congress 2019, 20th July - 4th August, Brussels
The European Go Federation's Tournament Calendar includes the Major European Tournaments and a World Tournament Calendar.

Last updated Sun Mar 10 2019.
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