World Amateur Championship

Each year we nominate one player to represent us in the World Amateur Go 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. A list of past representatives and people who haven't earned points since 2000 are below.

Player Total 13 12 11 10 09 08 07 06 05 04 03 02 01 00 99 98 979695 949392 919089 888786 858483
Matthew Macfadyen36   9 9 99 8 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 98 8 8 49 9 9 9 9 0 8 49 9
Francis Roads 29 22          3               2 2 3         1 5 3   2    
Nick Krempel 22½   774 3                                                 
Alex Rix 22 5         5 5 7 3 3             3 6       4          
Hui Wang 21      8                                                  
Des Cann 19 1    34 4 8 7 57 8 6 3 6 4 60 5 7             1
Young Kim19                   5 8 6                                  
Piers Shepperson17½             4         3 4   2  05 6 7 49 7      
Alistair Wall 16         2   2 1   1               2                  
Andrew Simons 15  4                                                    
Quentin Mills 11                  5   3               3                    
Jon Diamond 10            4                                       6    
Bei Ge 9        9 9                                              
Tim Hunt 8 1   4          2     1                                    
Richard Hunter                                                          
Vanessa Wong                                                         
William Brooks 6                                                      
Matthew Cocke 6     65  6 7 8 8 6 7 8 70 7 7 7                      
Andrew Jones 6                 1 4                 1                      
Alex Kent 6 6                                                          
Alex Selby       7           5                                  
Felix Wang                                                           
Alan Thornton 5   1                        4                            
Matthew Crosby 4      4                                                   
Charles Matthews 4                    40 5 5 7 5                        
Boris Mitrovic                                                           
Stuart Barthropp 3       3                                                   
Matthew Scott 2     2                                                    
Kiyohiko Tanaka 2    1         1                                            
Mike Charles 2                    2                                      
Harry Fearnley                                                          
Paul Christie 1            1                                              
John Hobson 1                 1                                        
Sam Aitken 0         1                                                
Andrew Kay 0 82                                                        

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
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
1999Matthew Macfadyen16th/55
1998T Mark Hall24th/50
1997Matthew Cocke26th/46
1996Matthew Macfadyen19th/46
1995Edmund Shaw23rd/44
1994Des Cann21st
1993Piers Shepperson21st
1992Matthew Macfadyen5th
1991John Rickard27th
1990Edmund Shaw21st
1989Jim Barty22nd
1988Piers Shepperson13th
1987Matthew Macfadyen6th
1986Terry Stacey13th
1985Jim Bates12th
1984Matthew Macfadyen5th/30
1983Jim Barty8th
1982Matthew Macfadyen14th
1981Terry Stacey and Matthew Macfadyen8th / Round 1
1980Matthew MacfadyenKnocked out in Round 2
1979Jon DiamondKnocked out in Round 1

Players without points since 2000

Player Total 009998 979695 949392 919089 888786 858483
Shutai Zhang (overseas) 36         9 9 9 9                    
Harold Lee 21                 5     2 5      
John Smith14½                     3     1 7 1  
Jim Barty 10½                 4 30 7 7 6 5 77
Edmund Shaw 8     8    06 7 8 80 8 5 5        
Sam Perlo-Freeman                         6        
Alistair Thompson7                           2 3 2    
Andrew Daly (overseas)                                 4
Adam Pirani                                  
Nick Webber           2                      
Tony Goddard 6     6                              
Richard Granville5                                
Simon Shiu 5       5                            
Jim Clare 4   1 1                     2        
Garry Roberts4                                   4
Neil Symes 4                       1       3    
Klaus Pulverer3                   3                
Brian Chandler                                  
Bill Brakes                                  
Steve Draper                                  
Bob Bagot 1               1                    
Jonathan Chetwynd1           1                        
Matthew Holton 1       1                            
Jim Bates (overseas) 0                              06 6

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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