This document is intended to be the standard source of information on organising Go playing, teaching and publicity. It is aimed mainly at the current state of Go in the British Isles, but is intended to be much more widely applicable.
The various chapters contain gleanings from many years of experience of Go organisation, but everyone has his own favourite ways of doing things, and anyone who feels that his preferred methods or ideas are missing, or are not covered adequately, should write to the BGA with suggestions, so that future editions can include the beneﬁt of his experience as well.
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 contained herein may be copied as long as it is done to further the interests of Go playing and is credited to the BGA.
This edition was compiled by Edwin Brady, and updates the previous edition, prepared by Tony Atkins. Thanks are due to Tony Atkins, Ian Davis, Geoff Kaniuk, Jenny Radcliffe, Paul Smith and Nick Wedd for their contributions and suggestions, and the many contributions (both direct and indirect!) from the gotalk mailing list. It was typeset using the LATEX document preparation system, and converted to HTML using the tex4ht system.
The British Go Association (affiliated to the European Go Federation and to the International Go Federation) is a voluntary organisation with elected officials which 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 (EGF), 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: