BGA Newsletter 291 June 2022


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Gaoge Wang Wins Candidates' Tournament

Congratulations to Gaoge Wang, from London, who got an unbeaten 6/6 to win the 2022 Candidates' Tournament. Also congratulations go to Bruno Poltronieri from Cambridge who was runner up with 5/6. The tournament was played over three days of the Jubilee holiday at the Letchworth Settlement in Letchworth Garden City. 16 players took part, notably including five juniors. One of these, Scott Cobbold, won four games, as did Tim Hunt. Gaoge and Bruno will now play a best-of-three match for the British Championship. Results here

Pandanet Go European Team Championship 2021/2022

The UK team beat Croatia 4-0 in the Pandanet Go European Team Championship on 24th May to give the team its first and only win of the season. Congratulations to Daniel Hu, Bruno Poltronieri, Alex Kent and Des Cann for this convincing win in the last round. To avoid relegation they needed South Africa to lose their last round match, but South Africa defeated a weakened Italian team 3-1. This meant that the UK team ended bottom of League B and have therefore been relegated to League C for the 2022-2023 season. Germany and Austria both won to take first and second places respectively. Finland also won to end third on tie-break from Italy.


AGM: Conversion to a Company limited by Guarantee

At the AGM of the BGA on 26th May, members voted overwhelmingly to convert from the existing unincorporated association to a Company Limited by Guarantee.

Actual conversion is expected to occur in the Autumn, to allow time for Council to complete the arrangements and for Members to join the new Company. Meanwhile we continue to function as usual, and we have designed the conversion so that it is as transparent as possible to Members.

Teaching in North West England

The BGA has a teaching stand at the Japan Day in Liverpool on Saturday 2nd July and the Doki Doki Festival in Manchester on Saturday 27th August and Sunday 28th August. If you can help the teaching team contact Martin Harvey harveymartin939 AT gmail DOT com


This Month: Durham; Pair Go, London; Welsh Open, Barmouth
July: Japan Day, Liverpool; European Go Congress, Romania
August: Youth Go Camp, Caythorpe; Mind Sports Olympiad, London; Doki Doki Festival, Manchester
September: Confucius, Dublin (note change of date); Swindon
October: Sheffield (provisional); Wessex
November: Three Peaks, Ingleton; Northern, Cheadle Hulme; Coventry (provisional)
December: London Open

More information here

Last updated Tue Jun 07 2022.
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