This year's Shodan Challenge is now underway, with around 20 challengers hoping to achieve their goals over the next year.
Although the challenge has now officially started, people are still more than welcome to sign-up.
Adan Mordcovich from London is the new champion of the UK Go Challenge. He also won the Under-18 Boys section forcing Aston's Mazhar Warraich to take second in the section and overall. Hamzah Reta, also from Aston, was third overall and Under-16 Boys Champion.
Aston won the schools trophy and their Ibraheem Mustafa won the Under-12 Boys.
For the first time ever the Welsh Open was tied.
The 8th annual Durham Go Tournament took place in the lecture theatres of Elvet Riverside - the usual six-round McMahon tournament with lightning and small board side events. 42 players took part, a pleasingly high turnout, and for the first time the tournament was won by a Durham player, recent acquisition Andrew Kay, who was the only player to win all six games.
Natasha Regan celebrated her 40th birthday by winning the British Pair Go Championship for a second year running with Matthew Cocke. This time they beat Kirsty Healey and Matthew Macfadyen in the final. The handicap winners from 2008, Sam McCarthy and John Collins, won the handicap section again. Best dressed pair was Jenny Radcliffe and organiser Francis Roads.
The Shodan Challenge for 2011-2012 is now scheduled to start on 1st July.
We've got a new organiser, Chris Bryant, who's working hard with some new ideas to stimulate the players involved and help with ensuring that everybody improves. So please sign-up now.
We've been having problems with email forwarding on all our britgo.org email addresses. If you've sent a message in the last few days and haven't had a response please could you resend them in 24 hours (hopefully the problem will be resolved by then).
Natasha Regan and Matthew Cocke took 11th place (the 9th best country) at the European Pair Go Championship in Istanbul, Turkey. They lost to Czechia, France and Germany, but beat Poland and two pairs from Turkey. Best of the 31 pairs taking part was the pair from Hungary, Rita Pocsai and Pal Balogh. Czechia was second and Ukraine third.
The match between the party of visiting retired Japanese Go players and the BGA/London team ended very close. With one result to come in it was tied at 8 all. The outstanding game, the bottom board, decided it in Japan's favour 9-8. Winning for the British side were Nick Krempel, Alex Rix, Jonathan Chetwynd, Michael Webster, Jonathan Turner, Xinyi Lu, Jiri Keller and Roger Daniel.
The UK representative at the 32nd WAGC was Alex Selby from Cambridge. He won 3 games to take 43rd place. His first game was a loss to former World Champion Hirata of Japan. He then lost to Nechanicky of Czechia and Trippel of Switzerland, before beating Neville Smythe of Australia.