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Mike Lynn
Matthew Macfadyen

Matthew learned to play Go in about 1965 and first became British Go Champion in 1978. He was Champion for a total of 25 years and his European rating confirms he is European 6 dan.

After he became Champion in 1978, he defended the championship against several challengers until he was defeated by Terry Stacey in 1985. He failed to regain it in his challenge against Stacey in 1986. In 1987 Stacey lost the championship to Piers Shepperson.

In 1988 Matthew regained the title by defeating Piers Shepperson. He then again defended the championship against several challengers until 1993, when he was defeated by Shutai Zhang, who had trained in China as a professional Go player. Matthew failed to regain the title from Zhang the next three years. In 1997 Zhang returned to his native China, and Macfadyen was then able once more to regain the title. He has successfully defended it since then, losing only two games in the subsequent eight championship matches. He was unable to beat Bei Ge when he competed in 2006 and 2007, but since then regained his hold on the title until he retired in 2012.

He became European Champion in 1980 and a subsequent three times, the final one in 1989. He has had seven appearances in the World Amateur, best placed 5th in 1992. He partners his wife Kirsty at Pair Go and they have finished second in the European Pair Go twice.

Matthew has two grown up daughters and lives in Barford near to Leamington Spa. He works as an electrician when not playing Go.

January 2011, updated September 2012

Colin Maclennan

I first encountered the game of Go way back in the 70s. A colleague at work, a keen chess player, one day brought in a Japan Airlines leaflet about the game and suggested we try it out in our lunch break. So that is what we did, using squared paper and drawing circles that we shaded or not to represent stones.

It was a cumbersome way to play and we did not get far, although we did begin to realise that building walls enclosing watertight areas in one part of the board while your opponent did the same in another part was probably not the best strategy. But it was enough to stimulate me to visit a Go club that was currently meeting in a house in Croydon. It was a long way from where I lived, and I only managed a couple of visits before family pressures took over and I relegated Go to the "RIP" section of my brain.

Years later, after I retired from the Department of Transport (I was a traffic engineer), I took over the chess club at our local junior school which my youngest daughter attended. Her initial interest in the game soon evaporated, but by that time I was locked to running the club and it was several years before I got away!

I thought about taking up the game myself, but a couple of visits to the local chess club discouraged me. At this point I recalled my brief encounter with Go all those years before. A trawl on the Internet, which we had just installed, and I was soon visiting the Twickenham club on a regular basis. The rest, as they say, is history.

May 2011

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Simon Mader
Henry Manners

Henry Manners, 25, works in London as an Editorial Assistant. He began playing playing Go in 2010 after finding a board collecting dust at a friend's house and roping various other people to play with him. Since then, he has become slightly obsessive about the game.

June 2012

Toby Manning

Toby learned the rules of Go when he was a teenager in the 1960’s, but it was when he went to Cambridge University in 1971 that he first really concentrated on the game. During his time there he got to be 1 kyu, and was Secretary then President of the University Go Society. He organised the first Cambridge Go Tournament (subsequently called the Trigantius).

His career then took him to Bristol, London, Leamington Spa and Leicester, and in all places he was a keen member of the local club. He helped arrange each Club’s tournaments – the Wessex, London Open, Warwick and Leicester – and has organised three British Congresses as well as many Three Peaks Tournaments.

He got to be 3 dan in 1994, when he won his first tournament (the Three Peaks) although he is now playing at 1 dan (although he denies that he has got weaker); in 2002 he won the Irish Open. He has also won tournaments in Cornwall, Sheffield and Cheshire.

He was a Council member from 1976 to 1979 when he was elected President following Brian Castledine’s death, serving for 4 years. He rejoined Council in 2008, during which year he was non-playing captain for the UK Go team at the First World Mind Sports Games in Beijing, becoming Treasurer in 2011. In 2018 he stepped up to become President, following the untimely death of Roger Huyshe.

After a career in the Electricity Industry with CEGB, National Grid Company and then as an Independent Consultant, he retired in 2014.

He is married to (non go-playing) Felicity, with no children.

23 April 2018

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Matt Marsh

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Martha McGill

Martha, 23, is studying for a PhD in History at Edinburgh University. She first learned Go from Matt Crosby at the age of 19, and has played with varying degrees of dedication since.

She represented the UK at the second World Mind Sports Games.

August 2012

Mohammed Amin

BGA member since 1969. Retired PwC tax partner. Personal website

Neil Moffatt
Sue Paterson

Sue, 53, is now semi-retired from social work and lives in Arundel in Sussex, where she runs the local Go club. She used to be active on the London Go scene, before moving south. She has represented the UK five times at the world level in both Women's and Pair Go Championships and also at the WMSG 2008 in Beijing. She hopes to spend more time in her allotment and studying Go.

October 2008

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Tony Pitchford

Auditor from 2018.

Tony Putman
Jenny Rofe-Radcliffe
Natasha Regan

Natasha, 41, lives in Epsom, near London. She works as an actuary in capital modelling for Royal Bank of Scotland Insurance. She has been playing go for 13 years, and highlights include representing the UK at Pair Go in Japan, Bosnia and France, and playing a friendly game with O Rissei when he visited London! Natasha enjoys other Mind Sports too, having previously represented England in the Women's Olympiad team at chess and previously represented us at the WMSG 2008 in Beijing. She has three children: a 9-year old boy, and twin 7-year old girls.

June 2012

Matthew Reid
Pat Ridley

Pat was Journal editor for several years and then took on the elected role of Auditor. BGA Council Member from 2018.

Alex Rix

Alex, 45, is a corporate financier living in London. He learnt to play Go at Oxford University and has played regularly since. Alex served as a former President of the Brtish Go Association for nearly 8 years and on Council for more than 11 years.

He represented the UK at the World Amateur Championship in 2004, has won several UK tournaments, including the Wessex tournament 3 times, and has often taken part in the penultimate stage of the British Go Championship over the years. He is married with a stepson.

October 2008

Francis Roads

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Peter Rootham-Smith