The 2013 British Go Congress took place last weekend, April 5-7, at the Cromwell Hotel, Stevenage in Hertfordshire, England.
It was deemed to be a great success by those who attended.
Michael Redmond kicks off
Special guest, Japanese/American professional Go player, Michael Redmond 9p, started events on Friday with a teaching session and a spot-the-move competition, which was followed in the evening by simultaneous games against Redmond.
Meanwhile, competitive play kicked off in the match room next door, with a lightning tournament won by 10 year old Oscar Selby 12k.
The British Open Go Tournament was held on the Saturday and Sunday.
Chinese national Du Zebin 4d took first place, winning all six games. His compatriot, Zhang Yuanbo 4d, was the runner up.
Priorities for the BGA in 2013-14
Saturday evening saw the Annual General Meeting of the British Go Association (BGA).
The President’s Report for 2012/13 was presented to the membership, where the priorities for 2013-14 were outlined as recruitment and retention, outreach and youth development.
It was noted that a couple of new clubs opened in Britain this year, though some existing clubs “seem to be giving up”.
The continuing difficulty in recruiting the ever increasing number of online players was also noted.
British Open Champion
The Tournament was over and the results were in by 5.30pm on Sunday. The prize giving followed in short order, with Redmond presenting prizes.
The British Open Championship Trophy went to Du Zebin, an International Business Management student at the University of Nottingham, who has been playing and studying Go since the age of 8.
Sadly, he felt unable to take the trophy away, as his course finishes in the summer when he expects to return to his native China.
Du said, “I’m a little surprised at how many people play Go in the UK, and I would like to play Go with them again in the future.”
Terry Stacey Memorial Trophy
The Terry Stacey Memorial Trophy, for the player who won the most tournaments above the bar this year went to Andrew Simons 4d of Cambridge.
The precocious Oscar Selby
The precocious Oscar Selby took away a clutch of prizes, including a special category prize of a copy of Counting Liberties and Winning Capturing Races, by Richard Hunter 3d (signed by the author and by Michael Redmond).
Before presenting the prize, Redmond recounted that about half an hour after the beginning of every (2 hour) tournament game, a certain little boy would come up to him, having already dispatched his opponent, and review his own game, pointing out exactly where his victim had gone wrong!
Click here (or see below) for his third round game as black, with a variation at 54: Oscar’s demonstration of a tesuji to kill the black’s group in the top right, overlooked by white at the time.
Thanks to the organizers
The events were organized by Alison Bexfield 2d of the Letchworth Garden City Go Club, ably assisted by her husband Simon 1d, who also had a hand in the design and production of some of the lesser prizes – ‘flying’ Go stones and rotating geared puzzle Go stones.
The assembly gave them a well deserved cheer and vote of thanks before heading back to their homes throughout the UK.
All competitors’ grades are as published on the Tournament Results Sheet.