BGA Newsletter 280 July 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.

AGA 2021 e-Congress

This is running from July 17th – entry is free - full details can be found here

Durham Held Online

Durham's two-day tournament on OGS attracted 70 players, from 20 different countries. Leo Kai Mei (5d UK) was the overall winner, with Mani Sanford (4d United States) and Xiang Zhang (5d Singapore) in 2nd and 3rd places. Side events included the traditional Saturday-night BBQ party, but on Zoom this time, and a lecture by Sandy Taylor (3d) on "Mistakes that matter (and why most of them don't)".

UK Go Challenge Finals

The Go Challenge is an annual competition for schools, held on 13x13 boards, with heats held in Schools followed by the Finals. It was not feasible to hold the heats this year, but the Finals, held online, was nevertheless held on 4 July, with 32 entrants. Congratulations go to Chen Qin of Nottingham who was top girl and overall winner with a perfect 6/6.



At the BGA AGM, held on May 7, Pat Ridley, Neil Sandford and Joanne Leung stood down from Council; Andrew Ambrose-Thurman and Peter Rootham-Smith were elected. Subsequently Council co-opted Mohammed Amin and Stephen Tweedie to Council. Here is more information about all Council members.

At the AGM the motion to approve, in principle, conversion to a Company Limited by Guarantee was carried, and Council's Governance Committee is working away on the details; we will be consulting with members over these proposals before the final details are presented to the 2022 AGM.


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

August, Mind Sports Olympiad (Online), Youth Training Residential (Booking Closed)
September, European Women's Go Championship (London) October, Wessex November, British Youth December, London Open

Last updated Sun Aug 15 2021.
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