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11-Apr: BGA 2020 Accounts now available


The 2020 BGA Accounts have been made available in the member's area of the website, and as a supporting document for the AGM Agenda at https://www.britgo.org/history/councilnews

11-Apr: Hong Kong Win Final Game Against UK Youth


The final game of the match, that started on KGS on 7th November, was held on Saturday 10th April. Played using the Supergo format (last team standing) the match came down to the final players, of the fifteen on each team, playing a head-to-head.

The previous weekend the UK's last player, Jayden Ng, had beaten five-game winner Ka Yau Chau. Hong Kong's last player of the team, put together by Liana Ao 4p, was Webber Tse. In a difficult game, Jayden fought bravely against the 5d, but lost a big group and another in time trouble before finally running out of time. This made Hong Kong the winners 15-14.

Match Details with game records and YouTube links.

08-Apr: BGA 2021 AGM Agenda


The agenda for the BGA AGM, to be held on Zoom at 20:00 on Friday 7th May, is now available in the Members' Area at www.britgo.org/history/councilnews.

More papers are likely to be added in the coming days.

Colin Williams, Secretary.

22-Mar: BGA Launches YouTube Channel


The BGA now has its own YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbbc2yTdNeRDWScNzyihiXw containing initially some of Mateusz Surma's recent lectures and game reviews.

This follows on from the success of the London Go Centre channel.

10-Mar: Team Draw Exciting Match Against Italy


It was an exciting match against Italy with some interesting games and the added excitement of Jon Diamond's game breaking just at the crucial point in a fight. In the end it ended honours even which left us third in the B-League just ahead of Finland, both on 7 points. At the top Netherlands beat Sweden to go a point clear of Italy with 10 points.

League Page with game records

Daniel Hu wrote of his game against Matias Pankoke: I was first to finish this time, in less than 2 hours, a surprisingly relaxing game. My opponent tenukied in the upper left which may be slightly questionable. A standard joseki ensued on the lower side, where he should get 2nd line territory on both...

03-Mar: BGA AGM


The 2021 AGM will be held, like last year, as a virtual meeting using ZOOM.

It will be on Friday 7th May, at 20:00. Meeting link details will be posted to the members area of the website nearer the date.

Anyone wishing to submit a motion for the meeting please e-mail it to secretary@britgo.org by Friday 2nd April, with the names of both supporting members.

17-Feb: UK Youth Beat Ukraine to End Second!


In the European Youth Go Team Championship, our UK youth team won 4-1 against Ukraine.

George Han played his game early and beat Mariia Chernova by 6.5. On the day of the match, Daniel Chun Yang lost to Vsevolod Ovsiienko but Jacob Zhang beat Valerii Krushelnytskyi, both by resignation against higher-graded dan players. Lea Wong won her game against Bohuslav Onyshchuk by 24.5 to ensure the match was won. Sam Barnett rounded off the match on the following Tuesday by beating Olesia Malko by 23.5.

This meant the UK took second place overall, the first time we had been in the top three. Russia beat Czechia in the last round and, as predicted, took first place (having won...

10-Feb: Team loses to Croatia


A late change on each team meant it was going to be close against Croatia in the fifth match of the season. In the end the UK lost three games to one, with Des Cann taking the only win. At the top of the B-League Italy drew and Netherlands won to equal Italy on match points. The UK stayed third, just ahead of Finland on board points tie-break.

League Page with game records

Alex Kent wrote: I lost by 2.5 points to Matej Zakanj (komi was applied retroactively as it was set incorrectly). The opening seemed very balanced - I played a slightly dodgy sequence in the lower left corner but this ended up working in the board position. We ended up with a situation where we each had a...

04-Feb: BGJ 194 Now Available in Members' Area


The Winter 2020-21 edition of the BGJ is now available for members to read.

20-Jan: UK Lose to the Netherlands


The UK lost three games to one in their fourth match of the season. A strong Netherlands team meant this result was likely and only Daniel Hu, on board one, managed a win. As Italy beat Turkey they moved top of the B-League, whilst the UK slipped to third behind Netherlands on board points tie-break.

League Page with game records

Daniel Hu wrote about the longest game of the evening: I won by resignation playing white against Geert Groenen. We started off with a 3-3 MYT flying dagger joseki, that I knew the variations for, knowing I had a severe cut. I think it's meant to be a good result for me. However, my opponent worked hard to attack that cutting group and I prematurely...

17-Jan: UK Youth Gobble Up Turkey


Alison Bexfield writes:

In the European Youth Go Team Championship, our UK youth team won 5-0 against Turkey.

Having narrowly lost to Romania in round 2 we were facing a relatively inexperienced team from Turkey. This gave us the chance to offer a game to those members in the squad who had not played in the first two rounds.

Even though on paper we comfortably outranked our opponents on every board, the lack of over the board rated games during lockdown means that the stated grades do not always reflect reality for rapidly improving young players and so we could not be complacent.

However, our team of Jayden Ng (Under 20), Edmund Smith (Under 16),...

16-Dec: London MindSports Centre moves a step forward


Yesterday, 15th December 2020, we purchased the ex-Salvation Army citadel in Ravenscourt Park, to turn it into the London MindSports Centre, for £1.7M.

The purchase was made by a company set up for the specific purpose of purchasing and owning the building, MindSports Property Limited (MPL). I, Toby Manning, am a Director of this company. The T Mark Hall Foundation is investing £400,000 in MPL (£100,000 of which is done via the London Go Centre) and the remaining investment is from Bridge players associated with the Young Chelsea Bridge Club (YCBC). We...