Andrew Kay, 4d South London, was the best of the 22 players at the second Welwyn Garden City Tournament. Also winning three games were Ludan Fang, 4k London, and Jon Robson, 10k Swindon. Prizes were presented by Barbara Kime from the local Bridge club, whose room was used for the tournament.
The time limits for the British Open have been changed. The new time limits - as well as a full timetable for the main tournament - are now available on the website, at http://www.dur.ac.uk/go.club/britishopen/, where you can also enter.
The new limits are 50 minutes per person main time, with increasing overtime of 10 stones in 5, then 20 in 5, 30 in 5, etc.
Everyone who has already entered should have just been emailed to let them know.
I think we have now clarified which teams are playing.
Regrettably Cambridge and Cambridge B have had to drop out as has CLGC C. I have removed Oxford and Dundee because I haven't heard anything from them. Fortunately we have had a new team - Milton Keynes - join us.
In order to balance out the league I have merged Divisions 3 and 4.
We would like to remind folk to keep watch for opportunities to promote Go.
Tony Atkins is running the Reading Countdown tournament on Easter Saturday, 7th April, and as a lunch time entertainment what better is there than to teach them all Go (assuming they don't all run off to the pub) - see www.kisekigo.com/corea12 for details (extra entrants
We followed up last month's first victory of the season with a 4-0 win against Slovenia.
Chong Han on board 1 was again the first to finish, beating Leon Matoh. Chong captured some key stones early on after cutting a 2-space jump, though Leon did get some compensation.
The International Mind Sports Association have made the following announcement:
"IMSA is pleased to announce that the 2nd World Mind Sports Games will be held in Lille (France) at Lille Grand Palais - 9th to 23rd August 2012.
Lille is a training base of the London 2012 Olympic Games and consequently a consistent choice for IMSA in organizing its 2nd edition there, together with the four fo
Matthew Macfadyen (6d Leamington) was the best of the 30 players at the second Skye Tournament in Portree. He again won all six games to win the tournament. Second with four wins was Francis Roads (2d Wanstead) and third was Edwin Brady (1k St Andrews) with three wins.
The 2012 Youth Championships had 13 competitors aged from 6 to 18, with strengths from 2 dan to 30 kyu. The library block at Bloxham School, Oxfordshire, served again as a great venue. Tian-Ren Chen from Loughborough regained the youth title, the previous year's winner not contesting it this year.
The AGM will be considering a proposal from Council on subscriptions. Council is initiating a discussion on some aspects of subscription policy on the bga-policy mailing list with to get some member feedback, preferably before the AGM.
If you want to join the discussion please join this list (you need to be a BGA member) and search the archive for postings made on and after 15th March.
Jenny Radcliffe has announced that she will not be standing again for Council at this year's AGM.
This means that there will definitely be at least one vacancy on Council.