BGA Newsletter 302 May 2023


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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

The UK team was matched against Slovenia in round six and won three games to one. Details here. With one round to play we still lie second in League C, after Ireland.

First UCL Tournament

The inaugural Tournament of the University College London Go Club was held on the main campus in Bloomsbury, reports Zonglun Li on behalf of UCL Go (Weiqi, Baduk) Society.
The bar was set at 5d and there were nine players in the top group, resulting in a fierce competition for the top prizes. The overall first prize went to Yiyang Ding (5d KCL), followed by runners-up Chun Fang (6d Edinburgh) and Yaoling Yang (6d Bristol). Further details with full list of prize winners in all categories here

British Schools Team Championship

On Sunday 23rd April the Youth Committee ran on OGS an inter-club championship, for school and other youth Go clubs. Eight teams took part (each was a team of three). Congratulations go to the winners Winchester College, with Edinburgh A being runners up.

Success in Europe

Yaoling Yang (7 dan Bristol) continued his ascent in the European rankings (now 8th overall and only 100 ranking points behind Ilya Shiskin) by winning all six of his games in the 51st Prague Open (Hunter's Cup), which concluded on 1st May. Notable victories included Pavol Lisy 2p and Stanislaw Frejlak 1p

Candidates' Result

The Candidates' Tournament took place over the holiday weekend 29th April to 1st May. The top 2 players were Bruno Poltronieri and Ho Yeung Woo, so presumably they will now fight out the title match for this year's British Championship.


2023 AGM Minutes

The 2023 AGM Minutes can be found at this link which is in the members area of the website.

British Go Journal

Issue 203 is currently at the printers and will be available in the members' area on about 15th May. Contributions to BGJ 204 are requested by 1st July.


This Month: Sheffield University, Not the London Open
June: Cheltenham, British Pair Go Championship (Frodsham), Durham, Welsh Open (Barmouth) , Galway
July: Cheshire (Frodsham), European Go Congress (Leipzig, Germany)
August: Youth Go Camp (Lincolnshire), Mind Sports Olympiad (London)
September: Edinburgh, Confucius Cup (Dublin), LGC Summer School (London)

More information here

4th Not The London Open

This is a six round tournament rated EGF Class A with side events, held at the London Go Centre. The professional-in-residence will be In-Seong Hwang, 8D. He is the official instructor for the FFG and runs the Go School Yunguseng Dojang. He will be available for reviews, advice, etc. He will also give two lectures and review the final game of the top board.

Tournament website

Durham Go Tournament

The annual Durham Go Tournament, a two-day event, is coming up in just over two months!
Throughout the tournament Sam Bithell (2-dan) will be on hand to review games and provide teaching/advice for kyu players between rounds. It should be a fun weekend!
There's a lot more information on the tournament website - or you can email any questions to

London Go Centre Summer School

2-3 September. There will be three teachers: Yaoling Yang, 7D, Matt Xi, 5D, ex-Singapore national team, Frederic Schlattner, 5D, Swiss national champion. More details to follow, check the club website or contact Gerry Gavigan

Last updated Mon May 08 2023.
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