Between March 31 and April 7 Michael Redmond, professional 9 dan, will be visiting the UK. Michael was born in the USA. but has been living in Japan for several years.
Michael will be hosting several events during that week.
The Nihon Ki-in are sending two professionals to visit the UK in March 2013.
Previously such visits tend to have been planned at short notice, giving insufficient time for good planning: this one has plenty of notice.
From the 16th-18th November, fourteen of the UK's strongest players gathered together for a training event at Kirsty Healey and Matthew Macfadyen's house in Barford, Warwickshire. The format was similar to previous years, with the participants being split into two groups according to rating. One group played games while the other had their games reviewed.
A strong players' training weekend will be held from November 16th-18th in Barford, Warwickshire. As in previous years, Guo Juan (5 dan professional) will be teaching. The weekend will consist of a mixture of games, lectures and reviews, with a maximum group size of 14.
On the Saturday morning of the Cornwall extravaganza (Sep 15) there will be a teaching event run by myself and Tony Atkins, with material by Ian Marsh.
If anyone who will be attending would like their game analysed (and I would urge you to do this, it is a very useful teaching technique) please email me a SGF version of the game and we will try to have a look at it.
Andrew Simons (3 dan) is giving a series of audio lectures online as part of the BGA's Shodan Challenge. All are welcome to attend, the target audience is around 10 kyu to 1 kyu. They are fortnightly at 8pm on Thursdays in the British Room on KGS (http://www.gokgs.com) under the account 'Uberdude'. The next lesson is on 19th January and lessons will be announced on the gotalk mailing list (in case life interferes with the fortnightly schedule).
Each lecture looks at a topic, illustrating the concepts with examples from real games, and lasts about an hour. Past topics have included "Playing against the san-ren-sei", "Crosscuts", "The 4-4 attach-extend joseki", and "How to win by giving your opponent lots of territory". The next lesson will be "Probes", suggestions for future topics are welcome.
We are almost at the halfway point now of 2011's Shodan Challenge. I'd like to take this opportunity to appeal for any dan players who are interested in becoming mentors to come forward, as there is an unfortunate lack of such mentors available, meaning some strong kyu players have not been able to have a mentor.
This year's Shodan Challenge is now underway, with around 20 challengers hoping to achieve their goals over the next year.
Although the challenge has now officially started, people are still more than welcome to sign-up. However, do bear in mind that mentors have now been assigned, so it may not be possible to assign a mentor to you if you have not already registered.
We have a shortage of dan-level mentors, so in the case that more strong kyu players sign up, it would be very useful to have a couple more dan-level mentors available. It would be greatly appreciated if anyone dan-level who is willing to commit to being a mentor would email the organiser (Chris Bryant).
Best of luck to everyone - may the next twelve months bring success for all challengers.