The South London teaching day and tournament went ahead today with 24 students and 3 teachers - Andrew Kay, Tim Hunt, and Francis Roads, to whom we are very grateful that they gave up their time for us. Students were split into groups of similar strength and spent some time with each of the teachers in the morning.
In the afternoon was a three round tournament.
I plan to close the current league season on 21st December at noon, leaving people free to enjoy the Winter Solstice at 17:11.
We've had a good few games in Divisons 2 and 3 although Divison 1 has been a bit thin on the ground.
Unless anyone objects beforehand I shall declare drawn unplayed games in matches which have started.
We are pleased to announce that the online Korean Go Server, is sponsoring an Oxford vs Cambridge Match at the London Open.
We started out tied with Turkey at the top of Division C, but they are nominally the strongest of the other teams in the Division and quite close to us in overall strength.
We had a few problems with our website yesterday. Hopefully they didn't affect you too much, but we think they're now all resolved.
Bruno Poltronieri, 3d, organised a successful Coventry Tournament again, a very successful one for him in that he was the winner. Second was Andrew Kay, 4d, and third Yuanbo Zhang, 3d.
Andrew Kay won the first game by resignation and the second game on time to retain the British Championship, winning 2-0 verses Andrew Simons.
The Online Study Group (formerly Shodan Challenge) will be starting on 29th November and running for six weeks. Players of any strength who wish to improve their go-playing abilities are very welcome!
You are encouraged to choose a goal to work towards for six weeks, and a study plan to follow during that time.
Just to remind you that the second game of the BGA title match takes place on Saturday at about 10:00am. Once again the moves will be relayed live on KGS.
The four qualifiers from the various events played the semi-finals of the Scottish Championship. David Lee (Dundee) beat Piotr Wisthal (Aberdeen) in the first and Matt Crosby beat Martha McGill (both Edinburgh) in the second. In the best of three final, played on KGS, David beat Matt by two games to one to hold on to the title for a fourth year running.