World Amateur Championship

Each year we nominate one player to represent us in the World Amateur Go Championship, based on results in the British Championship; normally the player with the most points in this table who has earned points in the last 5 years and is also an Association member. More details are here and a list of past representatives here. Details prior to 2000 are here.

Player Total 15 14 13 12 11 10 09 08 07 06 05 04 03 02 01 00
Matthew Macfadyen36     9 9 99 8 9 9 9 9 9 9
Andrew Kay 26 89982                     
Andrew Simons 24 9  4                 
Alex Rix 24  25         5 5 7 3 3    
Alistair Wall 24         2   2 1   1
Nick Krempel 22½     774 3              
Hui Wang 21        8               
Young Kim19                     5 8 6
Piers Shepperson17½               4        
Alex Kent 13  76                       
Tim Hunt 12½  1   4          2     1  
Quentin Mills 11                    5   3  
Jon Diamond 10              4        
Boris Mitrovic 9                         
Bei Ge 9          9 9            
Richard Hunter 9                        
Harry Fearnley                        
Vanessa Wong                        
William Brooks 6                     
Matthew Cocke 6       65  6 7 8 8 6 7
Charles Hibbert 6 6                         
Andrew Jones 6                   1 4      
Alex Selby     0   7            
Felix Wang                          
Alan Thornton 5     1                   
Matthew Crosby 4        4               
Charles Matthews 4                      40
Kiyohiko Tanaka 3  1   1         1         
Stuart Barthropp 3         3                
Matthew Scott 2       2                 
Mike Charles 2                      2    
Paul Christie 1             1             
John Hobson 1                   1      
James Hutchinson 1 1                         
Sam Aitken 0     0     1             
Francis Roads 0  022          3            
Des Cann 0 01    34 4 8 7 57 8

Some players are known to be ineligible to represent the UK in the World Amateur (under the current rules). Their names are shown like this. (They still accumulate points in case the rules (or their status) ever change).

The points awarded to the player who went to the World Amateur in a given year are displayed like this. Often in the past the Challenger’s Tournament took place at the same time as the World Amateur Tournament so the representative could not take part in that year’s British Championship unless they were defending champion.

For some years until 2005, a defending champion who lost the title match got 5 points. It used to be 4 points. From 2006 the defending champion takes part in the League, scoring points according to placing.

Past Representatives

Note: The WAQ points system did not exist when the first four representatives were selected.

YearRepresentativeResult
2015Des Cann35th/57
2014Francis Roads44th/54
2013Andrew Kay24th/56
2012Sam Aitken30th/56
2011Alex Selby43rd/57
2010T Mark Hall41st/60
2009Matthew Cocke33rd/66
2008Matthew Macfadyen20th/68
2007Bei Ge16th/68
2006Des Cann30th/68
2005David Ward44th/65
2004Alex Rix20th/64
2003Matthew Macfadyen—World Amateur Baduk Championship, in Korea19th/58
2002Matthew Cocke22nd/61
2001Des Cann39th/56
2000Charles Matthews32nd/55
before 2000

Selection Details

We say normally because the final decision of who to send lies with Council. For the representative this entails an all-expenses-paid trip (but recently excluding plane fares), usually to Japan, courtesy of the event’s sponsors. The representative needs to abide by the IGF Code of Conduct, which can be seen on the IGF Members Documents page.

The process is defined by Section 6.10 of our Policies, but a guide is:
The eight highest-placed players in the British Go Championship receive points. Normally the person with the highest accumulated total, who has earned points in the last 5 years (amendment by Council 21st February 2010), is nominated as our representative. That player’s accumulated points are then reset to zero. We say normally because the final decision of who to send lies with the Association Council. For example someone becoming British Go Champion for the first time might receive a priority invitation the next year.



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