BGA Newsletter 279 June 2021


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Jil Segerman


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.

Pandanet Go European Team Championship

In the final game the UK beat Turkey to end fifth in the B League. Full report here.

European Youth Team League

The team from London did very well and came second in the prototype European Youth Team League which featured teams from the UK and Germany. London had beaten Cheadle Hulme A and Düsseldorf to meet Frankfurt in the final on 15th May.


2021 AGM Minutes available

The minutes of the recent 2021 AGM are now available to members, and can be found in the members area on this page.

British Go Journal

The spring 2021 edition of the BGJ is available for members to read in the Members' Area. The summer edition is in preparation and the copydate is 1st July. Please send contributions to

European Student GO Championship 2021

This year the Student championship will be held 18-19.08.21 in Petrozavodsk as part of the International Student GO Festival. Toby Manning, BGA President, writes: "If anyone is interested please let me know, so that we can nominate the "official" UK representative who will (hopefully) receive free accommodation/meals."

World Amateur Go Championships

Our representative Alex Kent ended up 33rd out of 57, with 3 wins out of 6. He defeated Mexico, Chile and Switzerland, but lost to Thailand, Israel and Slovenia.

Face-to-face Club Meetings

A few clubs have announced on Gotalk that they have held face-to-face meetings, with Covid restrictions.
BGA council member Matt Marsh writes: "Now that face-to-face events are starting to look more viable, the BGA is starting to put together a plan to hold this year's British Go Congress sometime in late September/early October. The intention is to also use this event as the basis for the first stage of this year's British Championship. More details will be published soon."


Restrictions due to the risk of infection with Covid-19 continue. Anyone thinking of planning a face-to-face event should think carefully about whether social distancing and related regulations in their part of the UK can be fully met.

Government guidelines may be found at:
* England
* Scotland
* Wales
* Northern Ireland

Face-to-face events are provisional. Tournament organisers will be responsible for safety and legal compliance. Various Online events are being planned. For further details see

June, Durham (Online)
July, UK Go Challenge Finals (Online)
August, Mind Sports Olympiad (Online), Youth Training Residential
September, European Women's Go Championship (London)
December, London Open

Last updated Tue Jun 15 2021.
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