Go in Britain, 1982

Terry Stacey won the 1982 London Open with a splendid eight games out of eight. Tony Goddard was second with seven wins, and third was Jean Michel from Paris. Jeremy Hawdon (1 kyu), John Rickard (4 kyu), Simon Butler (9 kyu) and Tony Atkins (10 kyu) were among other prize winners. The lightning was won by Peter Zandveld from Amsterdam.

Jim Barty won Woodford. Terry Stacey won the Cambridge Trigantius Tournament. At the end of February, Leeds Grammar School won the Schools Championship for the third time at Madeley College, Cheshire.

The first BGA Newsletter appeared in February 1982 under the editorship of Francis Roads. Included was notification of the forthcoming AGM from secretary Matthew Macfadyen, dates of future tournaments, and useful addresses.

The British Go Congress was held at Nottingham University. Jon Diamond won all his games to take the British Open title. Jim Bates was second and also won the lightning tournament. The lower division lightning prize went to Tony Atkins, 9 kyu, the local organiser who helped Toby Manning . Toby remained president after the AGM, but Bob Thompson joined him as treasurer and Norman Tobin as Secretary.

The Challenger's Tournament was held at Covent Garden. 25 players battled for the right to challenge Matthew Macfadyen. Jim Barty won 7/8, only losing to Jim Bates. The next three places were taken by Pirani, Stacey and Granville, all on 6 wins. The Not the Challengers Tournament was won by Mark Cumper (1 kyu) from Hammersmith, who got a year with the Geoffrey Grey Go Ban as a prize. In the title match Jim lost to Macfadyen in three straight games.

Francis Roads was European Team Captain accompanying Matthew Macfadyen to the World Amateur in Japan. In a tournament run on a double elimination knockout system, Matthew lost to Argentina and Hong Kong to come 14th. The winner was Tsao (China) ahead of Yang (also China) and Harada of Japan.

Dutchman Ronald Schlemper won the European at Copenhagen. He lost to fellow countryman Robert Rehm, but won all the rest. A lack of top German players, however, made this easier than it should have been. In the main tournament group, Britain's Edmund Shaw came second behind another Dutchman, Gerald Westhoff.

In the autumn of 1982 Matthew Macfadyen and Terry Stacey were sharing the honours. The former won the Wessex and the British Lightning, and the later the Northern and a London autumn event.


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