Matthew Macfadyen beat Brian Castledine to take the British Championship, won the 1978 National Knockout and won 1979 Woodford and Cambridge; he was in his centre opening period. Unfortunately Brian Castledine was killed in a cliff accident whilst walking near Sussex University at the end of February. He was BGA President at the time and will be remembered as being responsible for the birth of the Go song.
The 1977 Trigantius was held at the Cambridge University Centre. It was won by visiting Professor of Greek K. Matsumoto (4 dan). The British Go Congress was held at Gilbert Murray Hall, Leicester University. The lightning was won by T. M. Hall. Nishiwa was placed first in the Open on second tie-break from Diamond. S. Shiu won the under 16 prize.
An Anglo-USSR phone match sponsored by Japan Air Lines was drawn 2-2, and a Anglo-USA phone match sponsored by Hoskyns lost 1:2. Trigantius was won by K. Matsumoto (4 dan) and the British Lightning at Oxford went to Macfadyen. The 11th British Go Congress was held at Owens Park Manchester and won by Jon Diamond. Overseas, Goddard won in Ljubljana and Macfadyen in Amsterdam.
The first London Open was held at Imperial College from 2nd to 5th January, Organised by Paul Prescott and was attended by 97 players, a third of whom were dan graded and a third of whom were from overseas. Winner was top London player Jon Diamond ahead of Berlin's Mattern. Matthew Macfadyen won the 1 kyu section. Other British prize winners included Messers Hawdon, Seaman, Webber and Dean.
At the new London Go Centre venue, the London Open was won by K. Hirama from Japan ahead of M. Nashiwa and Robert Rehm. The first British Lightning was held in Reading and was won by T. Mark Hall. The first Leicester was won by the Birmingham shodan Mark Hollings. The British Go Congress was held at Imperial College and was attended by 108 players; winner was M. Nashiwa.
Several club matches took place. Sheffield beat Leeds University 6-1 and had the Same result against Leicester. However at the rematch Leicester won, only to lose 6-0 to Corby. The members of the BEA Club in North-West London flew to Amsterdam to play KLM, losing 3-2 twice. It was suggested they were playing on Ariel sets.
The seventh British Go Congress was attended by 104 players at Wessex Hall, Reading University. Sponsorship was by JAL and filming was undertaken for the BBC Open Door programme. John Diamond showed his strength, winning the tournament easily, but he lost the Lightning to T. Mark Hall.
Top 8 players selected. All games even.
Age group categories determined by knockout system.
This included an extra game in which 53 Hetty Boardman-Weston beat 43 Wilson Hau.
Team trophies decided by head to head matches.