Go in Britain, 1987

112 players attended the London Open at the IVC. Matthew Macfadyen won all 8, ahead of Terry Stacey, Jim Barty and Richard Hunter. Brian Chandler won the Lightning.

Matthew also won the 1987 Oxford and Eddy Shaw won in Cambridge. John Rickard won the ICL British Go Congress at Reading by beating Macfadyen. T. Mark Hall won the Lightning and Bristol the Nippon Club Team Cup.

The European Go Congress in Grenoble had 322 entrants of whom 25 were British. Matthew Macfadyen scraped into the final stage with 6/8. He then beat Donzet and then beat Alexei Lazarev in the final televised to a room of spectators. The other semifinalist was van Zeijst who won the Weekend. Other Brits doing well were Francis Roads on 7/9, Christian Scarff (15 kyu) 8/9; Alex Rix 5/5, Jim Clare 4/5 did well in the weekend. Micro Go 2 by Alan Scarff was first equal in the 9x9 computer Go and second to Star of Poland in the 19x19. After the congress Japanese professionals Minematsu and Nobuta toured south-east England.

In the Challenger's Piers Shepperson won the right to play Terry Stacey for the Championship. Matthew Macfadyen had been at the World Amateur in Beijing where he was sixth.

Leicester was won by T.Mark Hall, Bracknell by Jim Clare, and the Northern by Matthew Macfadyen. In Bournemouth the South Coast champion was Mark Cumper (2 dan) and the handicap champion was Tony Atkins (1 kyu).

The Youth Championship was won by Matthew Cocke, with Leigh Rutland and Samuel Beaton winning the other under-18 and under-14 age groups. The last twos school, Furze Platt in Maidenhead, was again the champion school.

At the end of 1987 Matthew Macfadyen won at Ipswich and the Wessex, Edmund Shaw at Nottingham and Simon Goss at the RTP Handicap.


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