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Annual Awards to be initiated

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...

11-Sep-14 11-Sep-14
Student membership rate reduced dramatically

For some while Council has been focusing its Clubs and Membership recruitment and development attention on the building up of University clubs.

There are a number of issues in the creation and support of these which we have been working on, but one of these issues is that students are extremely price sensitive and that in the digital age they now expect to receive almost all their information electronically, with printed material...

01-Aug-14 01-Aug-14
Game Review Service

Association members are reminded of a benefit that few have taken up recently, perhaps in part because it was low down the website tree.

The Game Review Service can be a very efficient way of improving your game as comments are tailored to the individual's strengths and weaknesses.

So why don't you send in a game today?

31-Jul-14 31-Jul-14
Learn to Play Go Week

As most of you are probably aware there has been an announcement about an international Learn to Play Go week from GoGameGuru:

"On Saturday, September 13, 2014, we’re going to go out into our local community and run a small Go teaching event. And we hope that you’ll join us – by organizing your own modest, local Go demonstration. If you already do this from time to time...

31-Jul-14 31-Jul-14
New Officials

I'm pleased to be able to announce that the following people have been appointed as Officials of our organisation:

  • Gerry Gavigan as the London Open Organiser
  • Maria Tabor as our new Marketing Manager

I'd like to welcome both of them on board - Please give them all they help they need.

13-Jul-14 13-Jul-14
AGM 2014 Papers

At the suggestion of one of our members we are pleased to announce that the reports submitted for the AGM are now available in the Members Area of our website.

This includes the unaudited accounts for 2013.

27-Feb-14 27-Feb-14
AGM 2014 Agenda

Apologies for the delay in issuing the following - it was intended for the Newsletter but not included by mistake (not the Editor’s).

The agenda for our AGM next Saturday to be held at Butlins, Bognor Regis 7:30pm is:

  • Election of Tellers
  • Minutes of the 2013 AGM
  • Matters Arising
  • Officers, Membership Secretary and Auditors reports
  • 2013 Accounts
  • Election of Officers and Auditor...
27-Feb-14 27-Feb-14
AGM minutes

We'd like to apologise for the excessive delay, but the minutes of the 2013 AGM are now finally available online, via the Members Area.

13-Feb-14 13-Feb-14
New Tournament Registration System

Thanks to John Collins we now have a new system to handle online Registration for our Tournaments. This does not handle any payments, but allows anyone to enter a tournament using a simple online form, provide an ICS calendar entry and also look at the list of publicly available entrants.

This system is available as a free service to any Tournament Organiser who is a BGA member.

It provides a number of options for specifying...

04-Feb-14 04-Feb-14
British Go Association AGM

The 2014 AGM for the British Go Association will be held on 1st March 7:30pm as part of the British Go Congress at Butlins Resort, Bognor Regis

Any members with motions for inclusion on the Agenda are requested to send them to the Secretary by 15th January.

18-Dec-13 18-Dec-13
Council Meeting Minutes - 2013-06-16

Held at: Royal Festival Hall, London

Present: Council members: Brian Brunswick, Jonathan Chin, John Collins, Jon Diamond, Fred Holroyd, Roger Huyshe, Colin Maclennan, Toby Manning.

The meeting was opened at 10:28

[1] Apologies for absence

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08-Oct-13 11-Oct-13
Council Meeting Minutes

The latest two sets of minutes are now available to be viewed by members here and here.

08-Oct-13 09-Oct-13
Council Meeting Minutes - 2013-07-08

Minutes of British Go Association Council Meeting (13f)

Held at: online via skype conference call, 8th July 2013

Present: Council members: Brian Brunswick, Jonathan Chin, John Collins, Jon Diamond, Fred Holroyd, Roger Huyshe, Toby Manning

The meeting was opened at 20:04....

09-Oct-13 09-Oct-13
Council Meeting Highlights 2012-10

This summarises the major discussions and actions from the BGA Council meetings 13th October and 2nd December 2012 and preceding discussions:

  • Membership is still dropping slightly - our membership churn appears to be too high, but more effort would be put into chasing up non-renewals
  • Some encouraging recruitment results had been seen by some University clubs, but more needed to be started, especially in locations...
07-Jan-13 25-Apr-13
AGM Summary 2013

The BGA AGM was held during the British Go Congress at Stevenage between 18:45 and 19:45 on 6th April.

  • The previous minutes were accepted, as were the accounts for 2012, presented by the Treasurer and approved by the Auditor.
  • The President, Secretary and Membership Secretary also presented reports.
  • The officers, auditor and three council members were re-elected. Fred Holroyd rejoined Council after being...
06-Apr-13 08-Apr-13
Paul Smith and Maria Tabor to retire from Council

Although I've written in the forthcoming British Go Journal that all Council members are offering themselves for re-election, it turns out that two of the existing members have recently decided not to for a variety of personal reasons.

We thank them for their efforts and hope that they will still continue working with the BGA to promote and develop Go in the UK.

Nominations for Council members are therefore solicited - this...

20-Mar-13 20-Mar-13
How to Play Go licensed

In March the BGA was approached by a Taiwanese Game Manufacturer who wanted to use the text and diagrams from our “How to Play GO” booklet in a new Go set produced in volume for the North American and European market. They said “We found the 'How to play Go' on your web site is very clear and easy to understand”.

Accordingly the BGA has granted them a non-exclusive licence to use this text (with appropriate acknowledgements etc.) for...

09-May-11 01-Jan-13
World Amateur Championship

In May this year we told you that Francis Roads should have been our nominated representative at this year's World Amateur, but there had been some miscommunications and that, at a very late stage, Sam Aitken had stepped in to represent us.

As you're probably aware our policy is that the person with the highest number of points in this table, subject to a number of conditions will...

23-Dec-12 23-Dec-12
Korean Prime Minister’s Cup qualification consultation

A consultation on changes to this is being initiated this afternoon on the bga-policy mailing list. All BGA members are welcome to comment.

01-Dec-12 01-Dec-12
Council Meeting Highlights 2012-07

This summarises the major discussions and actions from the BGA Council meeting 14th July 2012 and preceding discussions:

  • Some difficulty was being encountered with unestablished clubs exhibiting at Freshers Fairs, so the priority would be shifting to encouraging existing clubs to recruit and creating new University clubs.
  • Our representative at the World Amateur in 2013 would be the (new) British Champion, with...
05-Sep-12 05-Sep-12