Although no Go tournament took place, Roger Huyshe ran a stand with the aim of introducing some of the 500 attendees at this event in Cardiff to Go, managing to sell four beginner’s books and three basic sets as well as putting eight or nine people in touch with their nearest club and playing trial games with half a dozen. This was also the first outing of our new roller banner - available for use by anyone who needs to market Go at an event.

The most promising contact was with a couple who have Local Authority responsibility for 17 schools and are interested in setting up School Chess and Go clubs.

Also helping staff the stand were our Membership Secretary Paul Barnard, Welsh Champion Dylan Carter and, from the Cardiff Go Club, Neil Greenwood, Keiran Grayson and Club Secretary Neil Moffatt.

Report by Tony Collman for the AGA



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



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London International Teams
Nippon Club
6 October 2013

The Autumn London International Teams was won by the Oriental team consisting of Young Kim (5d), Yangran Zhang (4d) and Kiyohiko Tanaka (3d), from Korea, China and Japan respectively. CLGC B finished next, ahead of CLGC A, Asia, Wanstead and Twickenham. Players winning all three games were: Young Kim (5d), Mark (Baoliang) Zhang (1d), Stephen Martingale (6k) and Colin Maclennan (9k).

Results and photo link



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Shropshire
Hinstock
21 September 2013

Numbers were up on last year, likely due to Catherine's homemade lunches. As an experiment, they had a formal game review session at tiered levels, between rounds two and three, and most players chose to attend, enjoy and debate. The schedule accommodated this with the main time preserved, but byoyomi made more aggressive.

Toby Manning was again the overall winner. Unusually, no others won three games, so Chris Kirkham (3k) gained a prize for second place (over the losing finalist, Helen Harvey (1k), on a tiebreak) and Tony Pitchford (10k) won a random draw prize.

Results



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European Team Championship
Pandanet IGS
17 September 2013

The European Team Championship started on Tuesday 17th September. Our first match was against Greece.

Greece's team entered was quite a bit weaker than ours, so this was a match we really needed to win if we were to hope for promotion again to the B league after being relegated last season. Thankfully our team came through, and we got off to a great 4-0 start. The game records are available below in the 'sgf' links.

Our second match is against Switzerland on 22nd October, 8pm UK time. Please do come along and support the team if you're around - always nice to get support and the matches are high quality.



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As the autumn term gets underway and we start thinking of the exciting Go events in 2014, including the European Youth Go Championships coming to England, let's remind ourselves about one of the exciting events earlier this year.

23 youngsters competed in the 2013 finals of the UK Go Challenge, held at Milton C of E Primary School near Cambridge. It was especially good to see two brothers from Bungay at their first event.

Congratulations go to the top 3 overall place-winners: 1. Oscar Selby, 2. David Robson, 3.



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Cornish Open
Penzance
15 September 2013

After 13 years of trying, John Culmer (1k Cornwall) won the event he organises, the Cornish Open. He topped the list of 22 players by beating Ian Marsh (1k Bracknell) in the final. Also winning 3/3 were Cornish players Robert Churchill (11k) and Matt Dodkins (20k).

Results



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Cornish Lightning Handicap
Penzance
14 September 2013

Eric Hall, 5k from Swindon, was again the winner of the rapid play Cornish Handicap Tournament. He beat local player Sam Foster, 2k, in the final. Others of the 20 players who won 3/4 were Tony Atkins (1d Reading), John Culmer (1k Cornwall), Ian Marsh (1k Bracknell), Sue Paterson (4k Arundel) and Elinor Brooks (8k Swindon).

Results



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The weekend, 9-10 November is part of an ongoing series of events and will bring together some of the UK’s strongest players for an intensive training weekend with the aim of increasing the number of UK players graded over 2400. It is being organised by Alison Bexfield and held in Letchworth Garden City with Guo Juan as the resident professional.

It is by invitation only, and these will be sent to BGA members with a grade over 2100. There is a maximum number of 16 players and priority will be given according to Go strength, with some preference towards younger players.

Final confirmation will be sent out to those people who have responded by 30 September.

If you think you should have received an invitation, but have not, please contact Alison Bexfield (email: alison at bexfield.com)



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The Chinese professional and Vice-Chairman of the Chinese Weiqi Association, Wang Runan (8p), visited the British Museum on Saturday 7th September. He spoke to a lecture theatre containing nearly 100 people interested in Chinese Culture, including some British Go players, on the subject of Weiqi (Go) in Chinese Culture. In particular, Mr Wang is keen to get the very early Go manual held by the British Library, the Dunhuang Go Manual, returned to China.

He then played simultaneous games against players from the BGA: Matthew Cocke, Michael Webster, Baoliang Zhang and Oscar Selby. Francis Roads gave a commentary on the Cocke game which was projected on a screen for all to watch.



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