Person Record

Jochen Fassbender


Status: Abroad

T Mark Hall

Grade: 4 dan

Died 9th December 2013

T Mark was a long and faithful servant of the British Go Association, of British Go in general and of World Go through his partnership with John Fairbairn in GoGoD (Games of Go on Disk). He was on our Council for some 22 years, serving for 20 of these as Treasurer, a record of service that will surely be unsurpassed.

He was a fine player, especially at Lightning Go, and won many tournaments, although never quite challenging for the final of the British Championship. His last tournament appearance was in the British Open in April this year when he came 4th. Sadly, due to his illness, he was unable to represent us at the recent Korean Prime Ministers Cup.

John Fairbairn, his long-time friend and colleague, writes: "British Go has been blessed with many fine servants, but very high among them will rank T Mark Hall, who passed away on 9 December 2013, aged 66. I was with him in the last months and hours and so I can testify that he had borne his long illness with great dignity and courage - nonchalance even.

Very many knew him and admired him – he was the public face of GoGoD and attended tournaments throughout the world, representing Britain several times. And those who knew him will not be surprised to hear that he was working on both the database and proof-reading until very near the end. But earlier in his Go career of more than four decades he had also worked behind the scenes, for almost half that time, as Treasurer and Council Member of the British Go Association.

Mark wished to continue his work for the British Go Association even after he was gone, and has made substantial bequests accordingly. The British Museum has also accepted the offer of his antique board. He has asked that GoGoD should continue if possible, and although this will involve some changes (with his approval) I hope to keep his flame alive there, although frankly he will be quite irreplaceable.

Mark was not just well known. He was popular and I will be writing a personal memoir of a staunch and loyal friend in less mournful tone, and to add some details of the bequests, in a future issue of the British Go Journal. I hope others may also come forward there and join me with memories of someone who will forever remain a Vice-President of the BGA."

He will be remembered by many for sitting at tournaments and other events after his game was over with his pipe and chatting to all and sundry.

Status: Deceased

Geoff Kaniuk


It was while working for Plessey Telecommunications in the 'maths hut' at Taplow Court near Maidenhead in the early 70's, that I first came across the game of Go. A small group of us used to meet regularly at lunchtimes for 13x13 games and I rapidly became enthused by everything about Go including the elegance of the playing material. Within a year I had constructed my first wooden Go board.

On moving to London in the mid 70's, I became a regular at the London Go Centre in Belsize park run by Stuart Dowsey. A lot of people used to play there on a Saturday afternoon. On a sunny day when the club doors were open, as you approached the building, you could hear an intriguing sound, a bit like gravel being tumbled about. It gives an idea of how many players there were rattling glass stones in their bowls! After attending for about three weeks he said to me - now is the time to join the BGA!

Probably my first involvement in organising tournaments was during the time of the Hammersmith Go Club (mid 80's), where for a while we had a monthly tournament. I made a draw display system for mounting cards into wooden runners. Matthew Macfadyen later turned this into a really nice wooden display system for the London Open, where for many years at the Highbury Roundhouse, I did the draw using specially printed cards.

I then heard that there was a program for doing the pairing, got hold of it and ran the draw for the London Open on a portable computer borrowed from my workplace. It worked fine, but the next year after trying to edit the draw because the pairing was unacceptable, the program crashed and we could not recover the draw. We worked like mad to transfer the draw to cards and got the tournament underway again without being lynched! I vowed to produce a decent program - and GoDraw started life in the late 80's.

I am now developing the next generation of GoDraw. I am also intent on developing a sound model for understanding the behaviour of our rating and pairing systems.

March 2011

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Status: Active 01223 710582

Matthew Macfadyen

Grade: 6 dan

Matthew learned to play Go in about 1965 and first became British Go Champion in 1978. He was Champion for a total of 25 years and his European rating confirms he is European 6 dan.

After he became Champion in 1978, he defended the championship against several challengers until he was defeated by Terry Stacey in 1985. He failed to regain it in his challenge against Stacey in 1986. In 1987 Stacey lost the championship to Piers Shepperson.

In 1988 Matthew regained the title by defeating Piers Shepperson. He then again defended the championship against several challengers until 1993, when he was defeated by Shutai Zhang, who had trained in China as a professional Go player. Matthew failed to regain the title from Zhang the next three years. In 1997 Zhang returned to his native China, and Macfadyen was then able once more to regain the title. He has successfully defended it since then, losing only two games in the subsequent eight championship matches. He was unable to beat Bei Ge when he competed in 2006 and 2007, but since then regained his hold on the title until he retired in 2012.

He became European Champion in 1980 and a subsequent three times, the final one in 1989. He has had seven appearances in the World Amateur, best placed 5th in 1992. He partners his wife Kirsty at Pair Go and they have finished second in the European Pair Go twice.

Matthew has two grown up daughters and lives in Barford near to Leamington Spa. He works as an electrician when not playing Go.

January 2011, updated September 2012

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Jenny Rofe-Radcliffe


Status: Active 07789 724501

Jil Segerman


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Status: Active
01273 664534 (work)
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Maria Tabor


"I was taught go at the age of 14 by my dad, Paul. Shortly after learning, I attended my first tournament at the Isle of Man, where I was introduced to the friendly community of Go in Britain. This inviting atmosphere is what encouraged me to go to tournaments often.

Throughout the last 8 years I've attended many BGA tournaments. In 2006 & 2008 I was U16 & U18's UK youth champ. My biggest achievement to date was playing in the GB woman's team in the 1st World Mind Sports Games in Beijing. In 2010 - 2012, I was a part of the team that ran Nottingham Go tournament, which was great fun and I would recommend anyone interested in the game to become a part of running a tournament."

Maria was a Council member in 2012/3.

May 2012, revised April 2013

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Status: Active

Sandy Taylor

Grade: 2 dan

Status: Active

Brian Timmins


Brian Timmins died on 2nd July 2015. The day after attending the Barmouth tournament he went into hospital for a scheduled operation, which although successful led to other problems which proved fatal.

Not only was Brian a regular tournament attendee with his wife Kathleen, both here and in the European Congress, but he put in a very large amount of effort supporting British Go for which he was awarded Life Membership. Brian was already the membership secretary in 1988 when he stepped up to take on the editorship of the BGJ and as the website states "for a while fulfilled both responsibilities with unparalleled conscientiousness". After a while he relinquished the membership job to ease the burden and later his wife Kathleen took it on.

Status: Deceased

David Ward

Grade: 4 dan

1957 - 22 December 2013

David Ward will be remembered for his determination to succeed at Go. He was also very generous with his time, being willing to play others, no matter what level they were at.

He contributed to British Go in many ways including being our analyst for many years, mentoring in the Shodan Challenge, running the London Open for several years and many articles in the British Go Journal.

Go was more than just a game for him, it was a soul mate. We have truly lost a Go friend.

Status: Deceased