Go in Britain, 1966

The BGA had 300 members. Top player and British Champion was John Diamond (2 dan). Other dans were John Barrs, Colin Irving and David Wells. The London Club met at the Pontefract Castle, W1, and the eleventh and newest club was in Newcastle.

The tenth European Go Congress was hosted by John Barrs and Robert Hitchens of the BGA, at Avery Hill College, South-east London in August. It was opened by Mr Hayashida from the Japanese Embassy and was attended by ten nations including visitors from the USA, Canada, Korea and Japan. Winner was Jurgen Mattern from Germany who beat Manfred Wimmer by 12 points in a play off. Third was Max Rebattu. The home country won the team competition ahead of West Germany and the Netherlands.

The first trial edition (zero) of the British Go Journal appeared under the editorship of J. Diamond of Trinity College Cambridge. The price was to be 6d a copy in addition to BGA membership of 2s6d. Six foolscap pages had articles on openings and two professional game records - all in algebraic notation.


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