This summarises the major discussions and actions from the BGA Council meeting 14th July 2012 and preceding discussions:
Maria Tabor is organising this year's championship title match between Andrew Kay and Nick Krempel.
Matthew Macfadyen and T Mark Hall were nominated as representatives, using the normal selection system, but have declined. Toby Manning, as third in line, has accepted and will be our representative in October.
At the 16th MSO in London the Go gold medals went to Francis Roads and Felix Wang.
In the 13x13 event eight players from 3d to 10k played over five rounds. Francis Roads won his first four games and, despite stumbling in the last game against Michael Dixon (10k), was the winner. Taking the silver was Spain's Paco de la Banda (3d) who also won 4 but lost to Francis.
19th August 2012 in the Online Daily Telegraph:
It is billed as the Olympics of the mind. As the world's athletes flew home from Britain last week, competitors of a different kind were gathering just across the English Channel for an international contest of their own: the World Mind Sports Games.
On the Saturday morning of the Cornwall extravaganza (Sep 15) there will be a teaching event run by myself and Tony Atkins, with material by Ian Marsh.
If anyone who will be attending would like their game analysed (and I would urge you to do this, it is a very useful teaching technique) please email me a SGF version of the game and we will try to have a look at it.
We have received the following announcement from the IGF:
Congratulation to Vanessa Wong on her becoming No. 1 in the UK ratings, replacing Bei Ge who overtook long-time top player Matthew Macfadyen who had a bad tournament at the London Open 2011.
Just a small caution: only the Team event of the three WMSG events Vanessa took part it has so far been included in the rating list...
On the last day of play at the World Mind Sports Games the finals and play-offs were staggered so you could watch more than one on Pandanet and EuroGoTV and so that some of the winners could catch evening flights.
The first event to end was the Pair Go.
In the Youth, Tian Ren Chen won a third game by beating a French 3d. Henry Clay lost to a Brazilian 1d to end on 2 wins. Vanessa Wong lost to a Japanese 6d to end on 2 wins and 23rd place.
Three players form Chinese Taipei and one from Hong Kong qualified for the semi-finals.