British Go Journal

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The British Go Journal has been published by the British Go Association [ext] since Summer 1967. The first editor, and creator, was Jon Diamond. Up to 2009 a total of 29 persons have received a credit as editor of the journal, perhaps reflecting the difficulty involved in publishing journals. The most prolific editor was Brian Timmins, who was responsible for 37 issues in total. Other successful editorial reigns involved teams. Firstly that of Bristol Go Club, which produced a total of 20 journals, and secondly that of "the Team from London" (the amorphous nature of which renders it difficult to assign an exact number of journals to, but one could argue either 17 or 22). While the British Go Journal is supposed to be published quarterly, it has often been the case that less than 4 issues appeared each year. 1978 appears to have been a record year with 5 journals published. Winter 2009 was the 150th journal, the number passing totally uncelebrated.

Back issues of the British Go Journal are [ext] available online.

Editorial history

  • 0-9: Jon Diamond, 0 being an prototype issue. Until issue 5 John Barrs, the BGA President, supervised him. Interestingly enough, in the 1940s John Barrs had been editor of Vigour, the magazine of the British Amateur Weight Lifters Association.
  • 10-15: Andrew Daly
  • 16: Francis Roads, Andrew Daly's replacement proved unable to do the job, so as BGA President, Francis stepped into the breach.
  • 17-39: Bristol Go Club, comprising at various times, G. Bayliss, R.D.Hays, A.H. Smith, Michael Cumpstey, Ron Stone, Toby Manning)
  • 40-61: 'London', this team was asked to replace Bristol, and the BGA council agreed that they would do so (i.e. they gave Bristol the sack!). Initially composed of David Wells, Frank Pratt, Brian Dackombe, T Mark Hall, Peter Hinds, Jim Barty, Alison Cross and Adam Pirani. Various players flitted in an out of this team, but it would seem the key players were Wells (40-43) Barty (44-57) and Cross (44-48, 50-54) Whilst Matthew Macfadyen (45-61) and Andrew Grant (58-61) later came to the fore.
  • 62-69: Ian Meiklejohn, the first editor who had a background in publishing. Can be considered to be part of the London dynasty, but was seemingly the sole editor in later issues.
  • 70-71: Andrew MacPherson
  • 72-118: Brian Timmins, the most prolific editor. He created and maintained a large team to produce content for the journal.
  • 119-132: David Woodnutt, who had a background in graphic design
  • 133-135: Andrew Brixey
  • 136-139: Jenny Radcliffe
  • 140-150: Barry Chandler
  • 151-170: Patrick Ridley (with Fred Holroyd on 152 and 151)
  • 171-: Robert Scantlebury

Additional co-editing credits are also given to not just the names above, but also to some names that we omit here. The BGA's history of the journal page occaisionally offers up some self contradictions. Thus we should be cautious with regards to the accuracy of this list. With the opening up of the archives it will be possible to revisit and improve this page!


In November of 1994 there began publication of the BGA [ext] Ejournal. In November 2001 it became the [ext] British Go E-News.


British Go Journal last edited by OscarBear on May 3, 2016 - 14:00
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