A very successful weekend for some 18 of the strongest British Go players was held at the Village Hall and Kirsty and Matthew Macfadyen's house in Barford.
The Icelandic Volcanic plume that on the Thursday disrupted our travel plans for Guo Juan, who lives in Amsterdam, and created some panic for the organisers.
Carol Goodheir reports that BBC Alba did a news report on the Isle of Skye Tournament, in Scottish Gaelic, lasting just over two minutes.
It is available on YouTube. Any Manx or Irish Gaelic speakers might be able to follow it too, to some extent for sure.
Congratulations to Matthew Macfadyen for scoring the most Stacey Points in the year up to the Congress. He scored 38 points for top-group tournament wins. This was four more than last year's winner, Yohei Negi, who came second.
The BGA AGM was held on the evening of Saturday 10th April 2010 at Teviot Row House in Edinburgh.
The newly elected officers and Council members are:
President: Jon Diamond, Treasurer: Simon Mader, Secretary: Jonathan Chin, Auditor: Alison Bexfield.
Council Members: Edwin Brady, Brian Brunswick, John Collins, Geoff Kaniuk, Toby Manning.
Congratulations to all those elected.
The new BGA News service was launched on 10th April. The home page has been amended to make accessing news easier, featuring RSS.
The Paris Tournament was the finale of the Pandanet Go European Cup for 2009-2010.
Over 200 players took part.
Winner with 6/6 was Dai Junfu. Second was Csaba Mero and third Hwang In-Seong, both on 5/6.
SL70 Magic of the First Line - £12
OR31 master of Haengma - £22.50
ZCL2 Creative Life & Death Vol. 2 - £20.00
Following the retirement of David Hall from distributing old BGJs we've reviewed our stock and policy in the light of the online BGJ archive being close to completion with the loading of the remaining PDF files in the next month or so.
After the Coventry and Bracknell events, Tony Atkins was leading, but then the long events started with the Scottish Open scoring 6, Durham 5 and Barmouth 5 for defending champion Yohei Negi. Matthew Macfadyen won Swindon and Shrewsbury to move into second.
The website menus have been significantly changed, and the various pages in the What's Go? area revamped to give a better experience to casual enquirers about the game.
Feedback always welcome!