The spring London International Team Tournament was very closely contested this year with Nippon (3 team wins and 8 individual wins) pipping Cambridge (3 team wins and 7 individual wins) in second and China (2 team wins but 8 individual wins) in third.
The Wanstead team of Francis Roads, Adan Mordcovich, Richard Leedham-Green and Roger Daniel only lost one game to win the Thames Valley Team Tournament. Second was the home team, West Surrey, with Bracknell third and Lottie's Lovers from Swindon fourth.
Alison Bexfield would like to retire as our Auditor after many years in the role.
We're confident that the Accounts are now under control, so that the role can revert to that it is supposed to be according to the Constitution, i.e a checking role on the Annual Accounts produced by the Treasurer.
This doesn't need any formal accounting training, and anyone numerate should be able to undertake
BGJ 159 has been sent to the printers, so should be with UK members in the next two weeks. The SGF files and Book Reviews are now available online.
The PDF of issue 155 is also now available.
Information correct at time of posting - check the Tournament Calendar for latest
Information now archived
Paul Tabor, 1d, was the surprise winner at Arundel, when he beat tournament favourite Andrew Kay in the second round and then beat Tony Atkins (who had previously beaten Jon Diamond) in the final. Jonathan Reece, 2k Oxford, won the 9x9 side event and Jil Segerman (in a team with Roger Daniel) won the inventions quiz. 22 players took part.
Don’t forget to enter the Arundel tournament by 29 March to avoid the surcharge - an email to suepat812 @ btinternet.com would be fine.
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.