British Go E-Journal: July 1998
Issue 23 July 1998
Pair Go 17/05/98The Crossroads Hotel at Weedon Northamptonshire was again the venue and the last time the current organisers were to run it. Winning Pair was Matthew Macfadyen and Kirsty Healey who held on to the title by beating Des Cann and Sue Paterson in the last round. Des and Sue look like being the 1998 representatives at the World Pair Go in Tokyo being the best placed of the teams with top qualifying points. The handicap section winners were Pauline and Steve Bailey despite arriving late after car trouble.
Scottish 23/05/98 & 24/05/98Only 23 players went to a sunny west end of Glasgow to play the Scottish Open. Those who did not come missed pizza in the park and the Chinese restaurant trip. Winner was British Champion Matthew Macfadyen (6 dan Leamington). Second was Shi Xiaming (4 dan Edinburgh) on 4/6. Tom Joldersma (4 kyu Lancaster) was the only other prize winner for 5/6.
Leicester 13/06/9854 players attended Leicester this year. A change of main organisers saw the end of the popular quiz but a well run event just the same. Winner was Matthew Macfadyen (6 dan Leamington) who remembered to return the cup this time. Second was Simon Shiu (4 dan Bristol) and third was Andrew Grant (2 dan Open University) who won 3/3. Fourth was Cao Xinjin from China. Helen Harvey (1 kyu Manchester) and Michael Marz (1 dan Birmingham) won 3/3; Leamington won the team prize with a 70 percent record.
Barmouth 27/06/98 & 28/06/98Only 38 players attended this year's Welsh Open at Barmouth; it was a pity that more lower graded players were not there (with or without their families) as the weather was the best it has been in recent years. Winner as usual was Matthew Macfadyen (6 dan Leamington). Winners of tasteless male Hells Angels statuettes were Francis Roads (4 dan Wanstead), Ruud Stoelman (1 dan NL), Steve Jones (1 kyu Isle of Man), Kirsty Healey (1 kyu Leamington) and Bill Streeten (4 kyu Wanstead). The continuous lightning was won by Alison Jones (2 dan Wanstead) ahead of Bill Streeten. As usual nowadays, Leamington won the team prize.
Devon 05/07/9822 players mostly from the South-West of England attended the fourth Devon Tournament held again at Dartmoor's Woodlands Hotel under the shadow of Hay Tor. The winner was as last year Antonio Moreno (4 dan Bristol). Runner up was Tony Atkins (2 dan Reading). Winning three out of three were John Culmer (1 kyu West Cornwall) and Richard Helyer (8 kyu Oxford). Also winning a polished wood go stone was youngest player David Collins (30 kyu South Cotswold).
Japanese FestivalOn 11/06/98 from 14:00 to 21:00 at Maeda Gakuen Yochien Sports Ground, Queens Drive, West Acton, London. Go will be featured as well as food/drink/art/sport.
British ChampionshipOn 14/06/98 at the Daiwa Foundation overlooking Regent's Park in London, Matthew Macfadyen beat Challenger Edmund Shaw in the first game of the British Championship title match. The second of the best of five series will be on 22/08/98 at the Chess and Bridge shop in Euston Road London.
Korean Go/Tourism TripThis has been cancelled for 1998 due to the Korean economic problems.
BGA EGMThis will be held at the Northern Go Congress Manchester on 12/09/98. The agenda item is a change to the constitution.
[ This service is no longer available. ]National Trainer Matthew Macfadyen is running private seminar days during and a scheme to teach by email. He is teaching a Summer School Course at Marlborough School starting 19/07/98
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