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13-Oct: Sam Aitken Ties Title Match

On Saturday 13th October the second game of the British Championship, between Andrew Simons and Sam Aitken, took place at Andrew's house in cambridge. After a fighting game, Sam Aitken won by 4.5 points to level the match. The game relay and a commentary by Matthew Macfadyen are available. The deciding game will be be announced on the BGA events page, with again live online relay in the British Room on KGS.

04-Oct: T Mark Hall Remembered at London Go Centre

22 players came to the London Go Centre to take part in the first T Mark Hall Rapid Play. Before the prize ceremony, Francis Roads said a few words to inform or remind the players who T Mark Hall was, how he liked fast games and how the London Go Centre was a consequence of his bequest to Go.

Winner of the tournament was Tunyang Xie (4d China) who won all five games. Second was Peikai Xue (1k London) on four wins and Zhanqi Kang (2d Winchester) was third. Lower down those who won four games were James Taylor (11k Warwick University) and Caleb Monk (20k Kings College Juniors),...

04-Oct: Team China Dominate in London

The London International Teams Autumn edition was held at the London Go Centre on the same weekend as the new T Mark Hall Rapid. 18 players in six teams came together on the Sunday to battle in reduced handicap games for the trophy and a cash prize. Two strong teams of Chinese dominated the event. It was Team China (shown right) that won two matches to come first, thier Tunyang Xie (5d) winning all three games. Team Mango was second with one win and six games won, with their Peikai Xue (1k) winning all three. The team London Organisers was third, ahead of Nippon Club and Cambridge; Epsom...

02-Oct: UK Starts New Season with Danish Draw

In the first round of the new season of the Pandanet Go European Team Championship B League, the UK team ended with a draw against Denmark, which was a fine start. The next match will be against Serbia, on 30th October.

Alex Kent wrote: I lost by resignation to Jannik Rasmussen. I got into trouble fairly early on when I played the moves of a joseki in the wrong order. The corner ended up in a tricky fight where I decided to push and cut - I've subsequently done a quick review with Leela Zero and it judged that had I continued along on the second line the game would have been roughly equal (as opposed to a 90% win rate in my opponent's favour!). I tried to complicate the game using some of the remaining corner aji, but my...

30-Sep: Swindon won by Chao Zhang

Although spanning 25 years, the Swindon Tournament reached its 20th edition. Despite other events on the same day, a clutch of late entries pushed the attendence up to 27. As in recent years the venue was the back room of the Conservative Club in Swindon's old town, with the weather
bright and sunny if players wanted to wander to the Town Gardens between games.

Winner was London's Chao Zhang (5d), pictured right against Christian Scarff. Chao then beat Simon Shiu (3d) in round two and then Alistair Wall (1d) in the final. The only other player to win three games...

27-Sep: New Student Go Club at QMU London

A new university society has been launched based in Queen Mary University of London's Mile End Campus. Thanks to the loan of boards by the BGA, Yuqiao Liu has been able to start a club for both learning and playing Go at their campus. They even offer the students who join complementary snacks and drinks at their weekly sessions.

For more info see QMUL Go Facebook Group or BGA Club Listing.

26-Sep: All Sweet in Sheffield

All was sweet at the Sheffield tournament, held as before in Greenhill Library. The entry of 39 was dominated by a minibus from Cheadle Hulme School, and the organiser recognised their contribution by giving all the juniors Pringles and their choice of chocolate. Winning all three games, Robin Dews (7k Nottingham) was rewarded with Ferrero Rocher, as were Adam Sharland (20k Nottingham) for playing some tough handicap games at his first event and Italy's Tommaso Pardi (4k Sheffield) for winning two out of two.

The top player was London's Chao Zhang (5d) who won £75 and a large box of chocolates.
Prathan Jarupoonphol (1d Sheffield) and Peikai Xue (1k London) were second to win cash and more chocolates. The top DDK - Kathryn...

13-Sep: Students Win in Cornwall

It was two students from London who dominated the 19th Cornwall Tournaments. Held in Penzance in The Lugger, as usual, the event proved attractive for those seeking a weekend away and the weather did not disappoint. However only 14 players took part in the Cornish Handicap on the Saturday afternoon, and 15 in the Open on the Sunday.

As usual the Saturday started with a teaching session in which Toby Manning, Paul Massey and Tony Atkins gave a game review, taught joseki and some of what was taught at the recent youth camp on shape. Winner...

13-Sep: Andrew Simons at KPMC

Andrew Simons wrote:

I have been playing in the 13th Korean Prime Minister's Cup. This year many game records are available online as the system is automated: every board has a camera above it recording which then has some image recognition software that converts it into a game record. The time difference meant it was hard to watch them live in the UK, but the games are saved on YouTube (and Oro server), and results and records are available on the KPMC website.

It's a 6 round Swiss, with the first round pairing being split and slide based on each country's position last year. That did lead to an unfortunate initial 7d battle with Dusan Mitic of Serbia (who sent a much weaker...

06-Sep: Sun Shines on Luc at Arundel

A sunny day greeted a record 32 players to the Arundel Football Club for Sussex's premier Go event (the previous record was 30 in 2010). The top player this time was Lucretiu Calota (4d St Albans), who previously won the event in 2015. He beat Chao Zhang into second place in the final. Their game was noteworthy as Luc sacrificed a 15 stone group for a ponnuki. The only other player with three wins was Tim James (6k Brighton). Prizes for winning their first two games went to Chao Zhang (5d London City), Toby Manning (1k Leicester), Paul Barnard (3k Swindon) and Steve Smith (10k Arundel).


04-Sep: Junior Go Grade Badges

The British Go Association has introduced a series of badges, available for juniors, to reward their progression through the Go grades. Guidelines are available to organisers of youth clubs who issue badges so that youngsters with the same badge should be about the same ability. They cover grade bands of players from those who just learnt the rules through to those in the single kyu grades. The ultimate badge to collect, with the flame motif extra, is the one for making it to the Dan grades.

For more information contact Alison Bexfield (Youth Squad Coordinator) at ynews at

01-Sep: Youth Get into Shape at Second Go Camp

The second BGA Youth Residential Training was held like in 2017 at the PGL youth adventure centre at Caythorpe Court, not far from Grantham in Lincolnshire. The BGA group was made up of 10 boys and 10 girls aged 10 to 17 from Manchester, Letchworth, Cambridge, Lincoln and London areas, and five resident adults and two visiting teachers.

Wednesday 29th August had started wet in most areas, but by the time everyone had arrived at lunchtime the weather was fair, so the outside activities could be enjoyed. The two activities were the High Swing and Survivor (bushcraft training...

21-Aug: All Go at 22nd MSO

It was all Go on the first two days of the 22nd Mind Sports Olympiad (MSO). As in recent years, it was held at JW3, the modern Jewish community centre in London's NW3 district. Many games enthusiasts had travelled from around the world, to play the many traditional and proprietary board games on offer, such as Boku, Othello, Gomoku, Poker and Memory Tests, Countdown, Marco Polo, Settlers of Catan and Colour Chess.

24 players, mostly from London but also visitors from France, Germany and New Zealand, entered the MSO Go Open, a four-round McMahon...

15-Aug: Marcus Bennett

Marcus Bennett died recently after a short illness caused by cancer. Marcus was one of the main players of the Bournemouth Club for over 30 years. He was the club secretary from 1994 and ran the Bournemouth Tournament, being the main contact between 1990 and 1998. He was also on BGA Council from 1997 to 1999 and earned his shodan diploma (1d) in 1994. He is shown here receiving a prize at the 1990 Coventry Tournament.

The new club contact is Kevin Drake who said their dear friend will be sadly missed.

02-Aug: Young Players Still Leading Brits in Pisa

Despite some having troubles with flights nearly 30 players from the UK enjoyed the sun in Pisa for this year's European Go Congress. The event itself had a record turn-out with over 1400 players having pre-registered; the main tournament had around 850 players.

Leading the way for the British players were teenagers Tom Bradbury (5k) and Edmund Smith (5k). In the main tournament, after a barnstorming start, Edmund ended up with 7/10, and Tom with 6/10. In the Weekend tournament Edmund got 4/5 while Tom got 3/4. The rest of the players had a mixture of results.

While not playing Go the participants attended lectures and had game reviews, or explored Tuscany, including the cities of Florence, Siena and Lucca as well as...

01-Aug: Club Directory Audit

Attention Go Club members: We are currently updating the Club Directory (see Find a Club on the menu at the top of each page). If you are our primary contact for your club then the recent mail message from us may be languishing in your spam folder. Please review your entry in the Directory and notify us of anything that is out of date by email to If you are not the primary contact, please take time to review the entry anyway.

01-Aug: BGJ 184 Now Available in Members Area

The Summer 2018 edition of the BGJ is now available for members to read.

23-Jul: Simons wins first British Championship game

On Saturday 21st July the first game of the British Championship, between Andrew Simons and Sam Aitken, took place. After more than 6 hours of play, Andrew Simons won by 2.5 points after Sam failed to successfully invade a large corner of Andrew's.

The title match is best-of-three.

Matthew Macfadyen gave a commentary on KGS. Both the raw game record, and the version with Matthew's commentary, are available here.

A commentary by Andrew Simons is available here.

18-Jul: AWCC Player Interviews

During the 5th Annual World Collegiate Weichi Championship in Cambridge BGA reporter Andrew Simons had a chat with some of the players.

Interview 1

AS: Hi. What's your name and where do you come from?

YW: Hi. My name is Yuzhang Wu and I'm from China originally but studying at Manchester University in England.

AS: What are you studying?

YW: Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering.

AS: Did you learn Go here or in China?

YW: I learnt in China, but now Eric Zhang in Manchester is my teacher, maybe you know him?

AS: Ah,...

16-Jul: AWCC Results

The fifth Annual World Collegiate Weiqi Championship (AWCC) was held in Cambridge this year and organised by the International University Weichi Federation (IUWF). Naturally it was supported by the BGA and sets were provided by the Ing Foundation in Shanghai. Many of the organising team were students at British Universities including Daniel Hu, Junan Jiang, Weichin Dai and Joanne Leung.

The tournament had 102 players (a view of one of the two playing rooms is shown here). It was held over two days and six rounds, apart from the A group that also had semi-finals and final (shown below) on...

11-Jul: World Collegiate Tournament Started

The 5th Annual World Collegiate Weichi Championships (AWCC) started on Tuesday in Cambridge with an Opening Ceremony. About an hour of speeches was followed by a dinner. Participants were welcomed by a number of dignitaries, including BGA President Toby Manning.

The first three rounds of the Championship take place on Wednesday, with the remaining 3 rounds on Thursday. UK hopes are resting on British Champion Daniel Hu, from Cambridge University and current British Champion, but he lost 2 of his first 3 games.

Alongside the Championship are the semifinals of the Chang...

28-Jun: Boris Mitrovic Retains Scottish Open Title

Twenty-four players contested the Scottish Open 2018 over two days at the Offices of Skyscanner in the centre of Edinburgh. Thanks to Skyscanner, as well as hosting the event, the participants were fuelled throughout the contest with drinks and copious pizza. Also on the Saturday evening the movie "The Surrounding Game" was shown.

Local player Boris Mitrovic (2d) retained the title by winning all his games. On four wins out of six were Neil McLean (1k), Toby Manning (1d), Alistair Wall (1d), Rob Payne (6k) and Roger Daniel (7k). James Richards (2k Edinburgh) won the 9×9 small board contest.


29-May: Sam Aitken Comes Through

The Challengers' League took place over the bank holiday weekend (plus Tuesday) at the London Go Centre. Sam Aitken won all of his games to lead the field, as at Candidates', but it was much closer in the race for second position.

Going into the final round there were permutations which could have led to tie breaks and any of Andrew Simons, Alex Rix and Boris Mitrovic ending up with second place. In the end, Alex lost his game to Sam Bithell and Andrew beat Boris meaning that he took second place with no need for a play-off. Alex was third with four wins, Boris, Charles Hibbert...