BGA Newsletter 296 November 2022


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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.

Pandanet Go European Team Championship

In the first match of the season, now in the C League, the UK team played Bulgaria. Des Cann's game ended quickly with a win and new captain Bruno Poltronieri also won. Unfortunately Jamie Taylor and Scott Cobbold both lost, leaving the match drawn and the team in third position out of 8.

Our league page includes the game records and details of this years team.

BGA and AGF Launch Children's Go Server, a new site designed specifically for kids aged 6 to 12, is now live on the web as a beta release.

A joint project of the American Go Foundation and the British Go Association, the server is designed to be a totally safe and kid friendly environment that can be used by anyone, and in schools.

The site is accessed through a website, and requires no software, and no login. Graphics and animations help kids realize when stones are in atari. Your choice of rocket ships on the home page will take you to a lessons page or a playing page on one of several planets.

For now, the lessons are only text, but voice actors will read them in the future. More lessons, as well as go problems, will be coming as well.

Kids can play either 9×9 or 13×13 against weak AI bots, as well as against other kids. Chat is limited to preselected phrases so there are no safety concerns. Kids who wish to save their avatar can generate a login code or just pick a new avatar every time they come.

The graphics and characters were all designed by Nick Snyder, a professional animator and artist. The coding is by Akita Noek from OGS, with lessons by Paul Barchilon, and conceptual design by Barchilon and AGF President Terry Benson.

Click here to visit the site, and here to give us feedback on the beta.

Korean Prime Minister's Cup Brief Report

Our representative in this year's KPMC, Bruno Poltronieri, came 28th out of 52 in this prestigious event, with 3 wins out of 6. He beat players from Lithuania, Italy and Brazil, and lost to Colombia, Sweden and Singapore. Full results here

Go on "Bargain Hunt"

Go featured on BBC1's "Bargain Hunt" on 20th October (episode 63/25 from Ardingly). One of the teams bought two Gobans (shown here) - try and guess how much they paid and what they went at auction for. The programme explained what Go is using old photos of the game being played. They said it needs "skill, strategy and subtlety" just like "Bargain Hunt" itself.



This Month: Northern (Cheadle Hulme)
December: London Youth, London Open
January 2023: British Youth Go Championships (Leicester)
February: Lancaster (provisional)
March: Trigantius (Cambridge), Cheshire (Frodsham), Joint British/Irish Go Congress (Belfast)
April: Rip-Off (Dublin)

More information here

Last updated Mon Nov 07 2022.
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