As part of our ambition to increase the number of British players above 4 dan we are planning a teaching weekend for strong players in Letchworth, Hertfordshire for the weekend April 1st-3rd.
Guo Juan (5 dan professional) will be the teacher, with a variety of lectures and exercises as we had last year. The charge will be £30 for the weekend, with the maximum size of the group being 16.
The event is open to British Go Association members with an EGF rating of over 2100. If you are not currently a BGA member, you may join prior to attending.
If your rating is slightly below 2100, but you are improving rapidly, we may decide to allow you to attend if there is space.
If you are a BGA member with a rating of over 2100, you should receive an email about it within the next week.
As a further service to the Go world we have now started providing a number of Book Reviews online as part of our website.
A pretty bad disaster today: we had major troubles trying to get a team together on the Tuesday night that the Swedes insisted that we play on.
After a two year gap the Oxford Tournament returned, on the same day as the Cheshire, and attracted 51 players. Andrew Simons beat off three London players to win the event. Others winning three games were Sue Paterson, Brook Roberts, Peter Harold-Barry, Richard Wheeldon, Julia Woewodskaya and Kieran Smith.
The Cheshire tournament was rather small this year, thanks to a clash with the Manchester football derby and other factors, but much enjoyed by those who attended. In the top group Alex Rix (3 dan London) was the winner, beating Tony Atkins (2 dan Reading) in the final. In the Handicap Section, the winner on 4/5 was Matt Marsh (7 kyu Sheffield).
Please note that our previous announcement about bookings was in error in that the hotel mentioned should have been the Premier Inn and not the Best Western. There are currently plenty of rooms at the Premier Inn.
The website has the correct and up-to-date information.
We apologise for this confusion.
The postponed Edinburgh Christmas Open saw a slightly reduced turnout at 33 players.
Having earlier been presented with the 2010 Scottish Championship trophy, David Lee (2 dan Dundee) also triumphed on the day. Runners up on 3/4 were Andrew Kay (4 dan Durham) and Matthew Scott (2 dan Newcastle).
The draw has now been done for Season 3 of the online team league.
There are 6 teams in each of divisions 1 and 2 so the intention is that each team will play 5 matches roughly a month apart between February and June.
There are 5 teams in each of divisions 3 and 4 so each team will play 4 matches roughly 6 weeks apart with one bye between February and June.
After some struggle with dates we were given permission to bend the rules and play this match over two days.
On day 1 (Tuesday) Des Cann lost, as he described it, an unloseable game and Andrew Simons won a lost one, so the score was 1:1.
Day 2 (Wednesday) didn't go according to plan, with Matthew Macfadyen having some shape problems and then losing after a ko struggle.
Andrew Simons (3 dan) from Cambridge won the tie-break that separated the top players at the 56-player Maidenhead-Hitachi Tournament. Second was Tom Brand (3 dan) from Reading and third was Nick Krempel (3 dan) from London. Winning 3/3 were David Ward (2 dan), Baron Allday (1 kyu), David Hall (8 kyu), Pat Ridley (11 kyu) and Jan Poslusny (9 kyu) from Prague.