Toby learned the rules of Go when he was a teenager in the 1960’s, but it was when he went to Cambridge University in 1971 that he first really concentrated on the game. During his time there he got to be 1 kyu, and was Secretary then President of the University Go Society. He organised the first Cambridge Go Tournament (subsequently called the Trigantius).
His career then took him to Bristol, London, Leamington Spa and Leicester, and in all places he was a keen member of the local club. He helped arrange each Club’s tournaments – the Wessex, London Open, Warwick and Leicester – and has organised three British Congresses as well as many Three Peaks Tournaments.
He got to be 3 dan in 1994, when he won his first tournament (the Three Peaks) although he is now playing at 1 dan (although he denies that he has got weaker); in 2002 he won the Irish Open. He has also won tournaments in Cornwall and Cheshire.
He was a Council member from 1976 to 1979 when he was elected President following Brian Castledine’s death, serving for 4 years. He rejoined Council in 2008, during which year he was non-playing captain for the UK Go team at the First World Mind Sports Games in Beijing, becoming Treasurer in 2011, a post which he still holds.
After a career in the Electricity Industry with CEGB, National Grid Company and then as an Independent Consultant, he retired in 2014.
He is married to (non go-playing) Felicity, with no children.
16 September 2016