John, 56, is an Environmental Consultant from Devizes in Wiltshire. John has been playing go for nearly 40 years. He learned to play the game while at school in Newcastle Upon Tyne and then at Oxford University. Currently he plays at the Bath Go Club. His most significant results have been to twice qualify for the penultimate stage of the British Go Championship.
Tony, 61, lives in Sheffield and first heard of Go in 1964 from a Chess magazine where Bobby Fischer mentioned Go as possibly harder than Chess. In 1965 he went to Cambridge to study Mathematics and due to Jon Diamond made the discovery that much improvement in Go can be made from theoretical study, and in particular the study of the games of great players!
Tian-Ren, 17, lives in Loughborough and attends a local school there, where he is doing his A-levels and hoping to apply for Computer Science at University.
He first came across Go on the internet and has since then has become slightly addicted to the game.
Matt, 28, is doing a PhD in Informatics. He taught himself to play after making a go board out of a large pink bathroom tile, using dried beans as stones. He plays from time to time; occasionally he even enjoys it. He represented the UK at the WMSG 2012 in Lille.
In the 6th round of the online teams league, the British team lost to Spain, but two games only by a very small amount. All the games went into overtime. First to finish was Martha McGill's game against Rogelio Gomes. Unfortunately some edge stones got captured and Martha had to resign. On board one Andrew Simons claimed our only win against Paco Garcia de la Banda.
The 2013 tournament scene saw several new names appear in the winners' list, with quite a few from the younger generation included. Internationally it was an average year which saw our online team demoted a league.
The 2013 British Championship started in April 2012. All those who played in tournaments between April 2012 and March 2013 and ended with an EGF rating of 1900 or higher were on the list of qualifiers. Note: This list may contain players who are not BGA members or do not have the required British nationality or residency requirements.
The dates and locations for both the Candidates (Warwick University) and the Challengers Leagues (International Students House) this year are now confirmed. Details are available on our Calendar page.
Please note that only limited (and not cheap) on-site accommodation is available for the Candidates, so if you want this please book as soon as possible.
As part of the effort related to the European Youth Go Championship in Bognor Regis we've organised a Learn to Play Go day at the Fishbourne Centre in West Sussex on 8th March.
Please feel free to invite anyone to drop in between 10am and 3pm (experienced players also welcome).