Kirsty, 54, is a teacher from near Leamington Spa. She has been playing Go for many years and has represented the UK both at the World Amateur Women's Championship, the International Amateur Pair Go Championship and the WMSG 2008 in Beijing. Her partner in the latter is her husband Matthew Macfadyen. She has two daughters.
Chong is currently an undergraduate student at Loughborough University, studying Aeronautical Engineering. He started playing Go in 2008, being self-taught, and was winner of British Open 2010.
Died 26th October 2009.
He had been suffering from cystic fibrosis, which had got much worse over the last couple of years, and was on the waiting list for a lung transplant. He had been in Milton Keynes Hospital for several weeks before his death, and although struggling just to breathe, he was still a formidable opponent over the Go board.