This document is intended a standard source of information on organising Go playing, teaching and publicity. It is aimed mainly at British readers, but is intended to be much more widely applicable.
The chapters contain gleanings from many years of experience, from several people, of Go organisation in Britain. If your preferred methods are not included, don't take it as a criticism – you could even email us so that they can be added.
Throughout, for brevity and convenience, a player is referred to as he, since the majority of players at present are male, despite the growing number of female players.
Material presented here may be copied as long as it is done to further the interests of Go playing and is credited to the BGA.
This edition (May 2010) was prepared by Nick Wedd, and updates the previous edition, prepared by Edwin Brady. Thanks are due to Edwin Brady, Tony Atkins, Ian Davis, Geoff Kaniuk, Jenny Radcliffe, Paul Smith, Nick Wedd, and Willemien for their contributions and suggestions, and the many contributions (both direct and indirect!) from the gotalk mailing list. Subsequent revisions of individual sections are by various people.
The British Go Association (affiliated to the European Go Federation and to the International Go Federation) is a voluntary organisation with elected officials, and exists to promote the game of Go within the British Isles. The BGA has existed for 50 years, and is actively involved in the organisation and co-ordination of tournaments. The BGA plays an active part in the European Go Federation, taking its turn to be the host to the annual European Go Congress.
Membership is open to all Go players on payment of a small annual subscription. Among the BGA's activities are the following: