Well, THE match is now over, and we're almost back in the right time-zone, so it's time to give an interim view as to the effects on us in the UK.
Obviously our profile has risen just a little! I turned on to the BBC News on Monday towards the end and lo and behold there was an item about Go and the implications for AI, and I wasn't even surprised... If you look at our page of media mentions for the match you'll see what I mean. I haven't counted, but there must be at least 100 in the National Papers, Radio and TV. Did we appear on all channels?
The nominations for our Annual Awards are now closed and can be seen here: http://www.britgo.org/awards/2016
Voting is now open to our Association Members (you need to login first) and will close one week before our AGM, on 24th March.
The Autumn 2015 edition of the British Go Journal, number 173, is now available in the members' area as a PDF and should be soon arriving in the post with members (except for electronic only members).
The Summer 2015 edition of the British Go Journal, number 172, is now available in the members' area as a PDF and should be soon arriving in the post with members (except for electronic only members).
Leo sadly passed away peacefully yesterday, 28th July, with her husband David by her side.
As she would have wanted, the Isle of Man Go Festival will go ahead as planned as a commemoration of all the work that she did to make it such a success over the last 24 years.
We are very sorry to report the death of Brian Timmins. The day after attending the Barmouth tournament he went into hospital for a scheduled operation, which although successful led to other problems and he died on 2nd July.
Not only was Brian a regular tournament attendee with his wife Kathleen, both here and in the European Congress, but he put in a very large amount of effort supporting British Go for which he was awarded Life Membership. Brian was already the membership secretary in 1988 when he stepped up to take on the editorship of the BGJ and as the website states "for a while fulfilled both responsibilities with unparalleled conscientiousness".
Both the London City Go Club and the Central London Go Club have returned this week to their normal pub venue after the pub's refurbishment.
However the Melton Mowbray is now known as the Inn of Court.
For those who do not know it is located at 18 Holborn near to Chancery Lane tube station. Details on the pub website.
City club meets Friday evenings and Central London on Saturday afternoons.
Bob Hitchens reports:
I heard at the weekend of the death of Neil Stein.
I realise that members probably do not know Neil, but some players who were around in the 1960s will.
He was a founder member of the BGA and helped create the BGA’s first bank balance of any size when he recognised the possibility of compensation from University College London for cancelling our booking for the first European Congress to be held in Britain. That opened up a lot of possibilities for the BGA.
When I came on the scene he was the strongest British Go player at 1 kyu. John Barrs was 1 dan with perhaps an honorary element in it, but Stein had the beating of him.
The Spring 2015 edition of the British Go Journal, number 171, is now available in the members' area as a PDF and should be soon arriving in the post with members (except for electronic only members).
Go is featuring at FestivalAsia, a unique three-day spectacular at Tobacco Dock in London, from Friday 15th May to Sunday 17th May. It boasts over 150 exhibitors and a main performance stage along with a cultural room, a spiritual room and children’s entertainment. There is something to suit all tastes at FestivalAsia, which embraces the amazing diversity of Asian arts & cultures from many of the 29 countries making up this intriguing continent.
The BGA will be demonstrating and lecturing on the game, with a number of volunteers headed by Roger Huyshe.