The Billericay Go Club is affiliated to the British Go Association.
It is the nearest BGA club for players from Basildon, Brentwood, Chelmsford, and Southend.
Beginners are especially welcome.
We are now meeting virtually (7:30pm on Tuesdays) via Zoom and using OGS to play. There is a Billericay Go Club OGS Group you can join. Please email GoClub@footring.net for details of the Zoom meeting to join.
|Billericay Go Club in the Press:||Basildon Echo - November 13 2002 (Scanned) (Text only)|
|Radio 4 Programme on Go||Why Go? (May 2010)|
|Forthcoming tournaments:||See http://www.britgo.org/tournaments/|
|The complete Matsuda Go letters||A scan saved as pdf|
Go is thought to be the world's oldest board game, originating in Northern China about 3000 years ago. It is still widely played in China, and is also popular in Japan and Korea. The Japanese tradition has been the most influential amongst Western go players.
Both short term tactics and long term strategy are involved in securing areas of the board by means of positioning stones on the instersections of a 19x19 grid. Further information about the game is available from the introductory and tutorial pages of the BGA site.
Despite its apparent simplicity, and it being one of the first games to be investigated by mathematicians and games theorists, until recently no go-playing computer program was able to defeat a 9 dan professional player on a full-size (19x19) board. In March 2016 AlphaGo beat 9-dan professional Lee Sedol, losing just one of the five games played. A grading system which involves handicap stones ensures that players of different strengths can play even games.
Members of the Billericay Club attend tournaments held throughout the UK and have taken an active role in the development of go in England.