We're pleased to be able to announce that the UK team for the events at the forthcoming World Mind Sports Games in Lille, France during August is:
Tom Urasoe writes:
It is our great pleasure to inform you that we plan to hold The Nihon Ki-in Summer Go School from 27 August 2012 for 10 days in Japan. (Most of the programs will be held at The Nihon Ki-in.)
Natasha Regan and Matthew Cocke retained the British Pair Go Champions title for a third year. They won the top group of the 22nd Pair Go Championships beating Jenny Radcliffe and Francis Roads, the organiser, in the final. Winning the fighting spirit prize were Jackie Chai and John Johnstone.
In the handicap group there were 6 pairs including several children and a 5d Korean lady.
Congratulations to Andrew Kay on his success at the Challengers League and his promotion to 5 dan.
Also to Felix Wang for his promotion to 4 dan.
The UK Go Challenge finals are this year in Cambridge, on Sunday 24 June. The full details are at http://www.ukgochallenge.com/finals2012.pdf.
If you know any junior players who may be interested, please pass this on to them. Junior players of all strengths are very welcome.
Held at: Dunelm House, Durham, 21st April 2012
Chaired by: Jon Diamond (President)
The meeting opened at 6:18pm and those present were asked to sign the attendance sheet.
Natasha Regan and Matt Cocke finished a very creditable 7th out of 24 in the European Pair Go Championship, held in Lyon, France, 2nd-3rd June 2012. They won 3 of their 6 games.
It was won with a flawless record by the Professional Russian Pair, Svetlana Shikshina and Alexandr Dinerchtein.
The Challengers' League is the penultimate event in the Championship cycle. With Matthew Macfadyen in retirement, there is a new sense of interest in who will win take the title this year - it will definitely be a new name on the trophy.
Eight of the UK's finest players descended on the Nippon Club, London from June 1st to 4th, for the all play all event.
The official announcement has now been made by the IGF, with the following additional information about the events:
Since we wish to announce our team as soon as possible, to allow for early hotel and travel bookings at favourable rates, please contact Jon Diamond by Wednesday 6th June to register an entry for a specific event or events. Entries received after this date will only be accepted by Council in exceptional circumstances.
Now that the schedule is announced those who have already expressed their interest in participating still need to indicate which events they wish to be considered for.
The latest, still preliminary, information we now have is:
Date: August 13-23 2012 (opening ceremony on August 9)
Venue: Grand Palais Lille, Lille, France
Eligibility: Amateur players nominated by the go organisations to which they belong. Nominations must be submitted to the tournament office by July 30.