UK News

2023 Congress - Provisional Details

We have reached agreement with the Irish Go Association to hold a joint Congress on Friday March 31st - Sunday April 2nd 2023, in Belfast. For the BGA this will be our usual annual Congress.

Further details on the exact venue will be available as they are firmed up.

Last updated Tue Sep 27 2022. If you have any comments, please email the webmaster on web-master AT britgo DOT org.

Title Match Analysis on YouTube

The analysis by Mateusz Surma of the second British Championship title game has just been added to our YouTube channel.

Last updated Fri Sep 09 2022. If you have any comments, please email the webmaster on web-master AT britgo DOT org.

Championship Match Analysis Video

A 30 minute analysis by Mateusz Surma of the first British Championship title match is now on our YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/ZyuTXKFnlc4

Being a Mateusz video it is very approachable and understandable for all levels.

The second should be up in a couple of days.

Last updated Sat Sep 03 2022. If you have any comments, please email the webmaster on web-master AT britgo DOT org.

New British Champion

Breaking News ...

In the last 10 minutes Gaoge Wang has beaten Bruno Poltronieri 2-0 to become the 2022 British Champion, and the first ever female British Champion.

Thanks go to the LGC for hosting and streaming it, and Matthew Macfadyen for the commentary.

Last updated Sun Aug 21 2022. If you have any comments, please email the webmaster on web-master AT britgo DOT org.

British Championship Title Match - Games 1 and 2

Games 1 and 2 in the best of 3 title match between Gaoge Wang and Bruno Poltronieri will be at the London Go Centre on the 20th and 21st of August starting at 12:00 each day.

Thanks to the efforts of the LGC the match will be streamed live on the London Go Centre YouTube Channel, and we are pleased to have a commentary by Matthew Macfadyen. The streaming will allow you to ask questions and discuss the match whilst it is in progress.

We plan to publish full analyses of the games a little while after the event, both in the BGJ and on the BGA YouTube Channel.

Last updated Tue Aug 16 2022. If you have any comments, please email the webmaster on web-master AT britgo DOT org.

Much Go Demoing at JSNW Liverpool Japan Day Festival


For Saturday 2nd July the friendly Japan Society North West (JSNW) asked the BGA team if we'd like to return, to run stalls at their Japanese festival.

We signed up for 3 stalls, unsurprisingly - we've featured at many JSNW Japan Days or Doki Doki festivals over the years, as Calendar and News-followers will know.

Some events have also been held in Manchester (see below).

Last updated Sun Jul 10 2022. If you have any comments, please email the webmaster on web-master AT britgo DOT org.

BGA Congress Details Available

Details of the 2022 British Congress are now available on its web page Congress Info.

Entries are open.

Last updated Thu Feb 10 2022. If you have any comments, please email the webmaster on web-master AT britgo DOT org.

Terry Stacey Grand Prix Update

One impact of Covid has been disruption to the Terry Stacey Grand Prix, which is an annual event that runs across tournaments between the British Go Congresses. The following have been agreed by the BGA Council to cover this situation, both now and in the future.

Last updated Tue Feb 01 2022. If you have any comments, please email the webmaster on web-master AT britgo DOT org.

Go Player on "Midsomer Murders"

Rhubarb the Clown (aka Martin Solity 5k) appeared on ITV's "Midsommer Murders" on 14th January. In circus-themed episode 6 of series 20 "Send in the Clowns", Rhubarb is one of three clowns seen in the last scene of the episode.

Last updated Tue Jan 21 2020. If you have any comments, please email the webmaster on web-master AT britgo DOT org.

Andrew Kay Wins First Game in Match

The first game of this year's British Championship title match took place on Saturday 5th October, between Andrew Kay and Andrew Simons (the two top-placed players from this year's Challenger's League). After an entertaining game Andrew Kay came out on top, winning by resignation. As well as a live relay on KGS, Matthew Macfadyen commented on a clone of the game. The next game of the best-of-three title match is expected to take place in early November - more details to follow.

Last updated Sun Oct 13 2019. If you have any comments, please email the webmaster on web-master AT britgo DOT org.