The mail server has now been restored.
It was all a bit unfortunate that we were caught up in someone else's argument but thankfully this is now resolved.
Apologies to everyone (as far as I can give them) for the inconvenience which was outside our control.
Bytemark, who host the web and mail server, have been listed by Spamhaus as being the originators of Spam email.
It looks like it is one user whose Virtual Machine on one IP has been compromised but Spamhaus have listed the whole of Bytemark's IP blocks.
It is rather unlikely that mail will work in any consistent way as most ISPs (including Bytemark themselves) check against Spamhaus so thei
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.
Many of you will be aware that BGA members are entitled to a 15% discount from Pentangle Game and Puzzles for Go books and equipment.
The latest British Go Journal is now available and should be with members already. Selected games, problems etc are available here.
The full PDF for issue 156 is also now available online.
Our introductory BGA flyer, often referred to as the Trifold leaflet, has now been updated with the current membership rates and membership secretary information. It can be seen on our Promotional Literature page.
A quick update to the state of affairs with the Shodan Challenge for this year:
Firstly, the league website is not finished yet unfortunately. This will be finished as soon as is possible for people to begin playing and submitting games.
Secondly, there have not been many entries (around a dozen).
The Shodan Challenge for 2012-2013 is scheduled to start in July.
The format for this year will be different to how it was in previous years. Previously, mentors were paired up with mentees on a 1-to-few basis, with this mentor taking sole care of the mentees for the mentoring period.
The rules for 2013 have been revised by the BGA Council in May 2012. They will apply to the 2013 and all subsequent championships (until amended), and supersede all previous versions, although informally the changes are mostly effective for 2012.
The statement regarding the rules changes is as follows:
BGJ 159 has been sent to the printers, so should be with UK members in the next two weeks. The SGF files and Book Reviews are now available online.
The PDF of issue 155 is also now available.