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12 Jul 2010: Roella Tops UK Go Challenge

UK GO Challenge Finals

Roella Smith from Milton near Cambridge won this year's UK Go Challenge Finals. 29 of the best players from 5 school heats and other youngsters took part. Roella was also top girl. She beat the top boy, Barney Shiu, into second place by a half-point win in their game.


U14 Boys  - Peran Truscott (Cambridge)
U12 Boys  - Thomas Meehan (Solihull)
U10 Boys  - Barney Shiu (Bristol)
U8 Boys   - Mark...

27 Jun 2011: Adan wins UK Go Challenge

Adan Mordcovich from London is the new champion of the UK Go Challenge. He also won the Under-18 Boys section forcing Aston's Mazhar Warraich to take second in the section and overall. Hamzah Reta, also from Aston, was third overall and Under-16 Boys Champion.

Aston won the schools trophy and their Ibraheem Mustafa won the Under-12 Boys. Thomas Meehan from Solihull won the Under-14 Boys.

Milton School players cleaned up in the younger age groups and won the Junior School...

25 Jun 2012: Boy of 8 wins UK Go Challenge

The Finals of the UK Go Challenge were held on Sunday 24th June in Cambridge. 22 young players took part, both those who had not played in a heat and those that had. It was won by Satoru Oshima from Brighton who is 1 dan, yet only 8 years old. Roella Smith was second and Peran Truscott was third.


04 Nov 2012: British/French Youth Match Ends in a Draw

On the afternoon of Wednesday 31st October, a match took place on KGS between a team of French and a team of British youth players. The French fielded a team of eight. The British team originally consisted of four players, each set to play two games: Henry Clay (1k), Melchior Chui (12k), Peran Truscott (13k) and Oscar Selby (14k).

In the event, Peran's computer and KGS took against each other, meaning that he was not able to join us. Heavy snow also made for a rocky start, delaying...

16 Feb 2013: Youth Grand Prix Results

Congratulations to the top three players in the 2012 Youth Grand Prix, who receive cash prizes thanks to the family of the late John Rickard. First was Edmund Smith, 19k Milton, with 748 points. Second was Adan Mordcovich, 1d Wanstead, with 611 points, and third was Oscar Selby, 14k Epsom, with 590 points. The 2013 Grand Prix is already under way.

Final Points 2012     Youth Grand...

19 Mar 2013: British Youth Go Championship

The 2013 British Youth Champion is Tian-Ren Chen, retaining the title he won last year. Second was Matei Mandache, a fellow-student at Loughborough School.

The Castledine Trophy was won this year by Loughborough, who beat Aston by 2 games to 1.

The Best Primary School award went to Sandilands, Manchester. They entered five 8- and 9-year-olds, who enjoyed some successes in this their first-ever tournament away from their school.

The event was held on 17th March, at the...

30 Mar 2013: New junior club

A new junior club is starting on 18th April - Letchworth Junior Chess and Go Club. The club will be a place for youngsters aged 8 - 14 to come and play (or learn) Chess and Go.

These are some of the things you can expect provided at the weekly club meetings:

  • Chess sets and Go sets for playing friendly games
  • Teaching tips for improving at chess and Go
  • Club Chess ladder
  • Club...

19 Jun 2013: 9-year-old Oscar Selby on Channel 4's 'Child Genius' TV series in 2013.

Channel 4 showed 9-year-old Oscar Selby (8.9 kyu, Epsom Go club) on Tuesday 18/6/13, in its series 'Child Genius'. The series of 4 episodes (shown each Tuesday at 9pm) follows a competition among 21 highly-gifted children, aged 7-11, run in association with British Mensa, to find the UK's ultimate child genius.

The last 2 episodes are...

19 Jun 2013: Contact to Junior section web-master

Martin is the BGA Junior section web-master (June 2013).

Feel free to contact him via this link.

08 Jul 2013: Youngsters beat adults, to win trophy

Congratulations to youngsters Rebecca Margetts and Oscar Selby, who finished top of the handicap section at this year's British Pair Go Championship, above 14 players (nearly all adults). This meant that they got their hands on the trophies (pairs go-bowls), which just eluded them when they lost in the final in 2012. There's clearly proof in the old adage "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.". Well done,...