Registration is now open for the London Open Go Congress.
The dates and location are the traditional ones; from 28th to 31st December at the International Students House.
It's a level B Bonus Points tournament for the European Go Federation Grand Prix with 12 Bonus Points for the winner, down to 1 point for fifth place. Bonus Points benefit players in terms of priority for selection as European representatives in international events and qualification for the Grand Slam tournaments.
Like some other sports organisations we have decided to initiate some British Go Association awards in order to encourage players and organisers. We have selected the following categories for this year:
- Player of the year
- Club of the year
- Loss of the year (of a game)
- President’s award for services to Go.
Your nominations in each category are solicited by 31st December 2014 with a citation of a maximum of 150 words supporting the nomination.
Following this there will then be a vote for Player of the Year amongst the membership to determine the winner. If there are more than three nominations in this category Council will choose three to participate in the subsequent voting.
The winner in the second and third categories will be determined by Council from the nominations received.
The President’s award may be given to someone who has given many years or service or to someone who has done something special this year.
- Ben Murphy, age 24
- Charlotte Bexfield, age 13
- Edmund Smith, age 9
They will be accompanied by Alison Bexfield and Andrea Smith.
Thank you to everyone who has been in touch so far to let us know about their event. I’ve been really impressed with the enthusiasm from lots of Go people and I think such a positive response is promising for not just the Learn Go Week on 13th September 2014, though for future years as well!
As on the update before, if you’re organising an event please sign up to the Go Game Guru events signup form , as it will encourage more people throughout the UK and the rest of the world, to keep getting involved – quick note, try to include as much of the information as possible about your event – as it will be manually copied across to the live site by the Go Game Guru organisers and it will make it much easier for them!
The Bank of East Asia (BEA) generously provided the central Manchester venue for the 2014 Northern. The tournament-winner was Ngoc-Trang Cao (1d), from France, enjoying a purple patch after her win in Belfast just a few days beforehand. The runner-up was also female, Ewa Mos (1d) from Poland who lives here and is a regular attendee at Manchester Go Club. 'Girl Power' thus ruled the roost, with three male players losing out on SOS.
Also winning prizes were Tony Pitchford (10k Chester) for 2.5 wins, and the organiser and club secretary Chris Kirkham (3k Manchester) for 3 wins.
The reduced entry fee probably was a major cause for the increase in numbers to 34, and substantial sponsorship of the prize fund by Sam Properties led to seven of these players being dans - a significantly better proportion than in recent Northerns.
I am recruiting names for the UK’s team for the online European Youth Go Championships
We need a team with up to 15 players to register for the event from which we will select 5 players for any one match.
Our Youth Squad leader Alison Bexfield is running a 6-round rapid-play tournament in Letchworth on Saturday 8th November 2014. There will be two separate junior sections included in this event. The Junior Open is for juniors who are confident players (stronger than 20 kyu) and the novice section is for those newer to the game or who have not achieved success in tournaments to date.
This is one of a series of events Alison is planning, to create more chances for juniors to play against each other.
You can find more details about this event in this flyer.
Don’t forget that some assistance with travel costs may be available from the Castledine–Barnes Trust.
The cartoon booklet "Go An Introduction", where the Chess pieces learn to play from the Go stones, has been reissued. The new version uses pass stones at the end of the game just like in the UK Go Challenge and other tournaments. It also corrects the spelling error "altohether"!
This is a new style Go tournament, being held on 8th November, which aims to provide you with the chance to play a variety of opponents on even games over the course of one day. The format is designed to be attractive to double digit kyu players and to junior players in particular.
The tournament will be split into a number of sections (using British Go Association grades). The sections will each include six rounds in a Swiss draw system, with all games even and 30 minutes sudden death time limits. (This makes it a Class C tournament for grading purposes).
All ages and abilities are welcome. If this is your first ever tournament, then play in the Novice section (20 kyu and under) unless you have had some success in games against rated players. Juniors are encouraged to play within the junior sections although some exceptions may be made for the strongest juniors with an established grade.
Please enter early if you are intending to play.
The 5th season of this championship is about to commence and we're pleased to announce our team, captained again by Chris Bryant.
The team and the match schedule can be seen here.
Please give them your support - they'll need it since League C is more difficult than previously, with a strong team from South Africa joining for the first time.