Person Record

Christian Pop

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Status: Foreigner

Michael Reiss

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Status: Inactive

John Rickard

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Died March 2002

John was a mathematician at Cambridge University and after three years graduate work in knot theory John made a career as a C programmer in a number of Cambridge companies. In parallel he moved smartly to the top level of British Go. He became 1 dan in 1982, 2 dan the year after, with a place in the Challenger’s League and 3 dan too came later on in 1983. He was promoted to 4 dan in 1989 and the next year challenged Matthew Macfadyen for the British Championship (BGJ 81, 82). He was a top player throughout the next dozen years, representing the UK in the WAGC, travelling successfully to the US Open and Milan, and winning many British events.

John’s Go was distinguished by very accurate reading of local situations, but, less obviously, by overall counting. A most gentle soul in person, his games tended towards uninhibited fighting. With better health he would surely have become 5 dan. Very sadly Trigantius 2002 was to be his last competition.

His other interests can in part be gleaned from newsgroup postings: maths and puzzles, programming. He went in for mental arithmetic and Decamentathlon (problem-solving) events in the London Mind Sports Olympiad; he had friends in the Othello community and took part in it at the 2001 Cambridge MSO. He early looked into the application of game theory to Go endgames, though he published nothing. Another area I believe he disposed of, after Bill Hartston brought it up: chess with just two kings, no repetition of position allowed, is a first player win from any start (i.e. the second player is eventually forced to make the kings kiss).

After a liver transplant operation in 2000, John was back at work in not much more than a month, and in competition at the Ipswich British Congress. He won Three Peaks later that year. Complications struck him down, when we had all hoped he had come through the worst.

Extract from Obituary by Charles Matthews in BGJ 127

Status: Deceased

Li Shen

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Status: Active

Simon Shiu

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Simon, 40, learnt to play go as a child in the late 1970s. He became very active again in the 1990s playing at the Newcastle, Teesside, and Bristol clubs. He was also a regular on the UK tournament scene, with his best successes coming in the late 1990s. He is married with 2 boys. He currently plays at the Bristol (HP) club, and the occasional tournament.

October 2008

Status: Active

Paul Tabor

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Paul, 52, learnt to play Go while at school. His principal mentor was Francis Roads, President of the British Go Association at the time, and he progressed to a low kyu rank before going to university. Lack of opportunity and family responsibilities meant that he didn't play very often for many years but he was attracted back into the game at around the time that his daughter Maria took an interest in the game.

He became an amateur dan player at the end of 2006 and now plays regularly at clubs, tournaments and online. Paul lives in Hildenborough, Kent and works as a business analyst specialising in Investment Banking. His interests include running and winter mountaineering. He is also Chairman of Sevenoaks Athletic Club and represented us at the previous WMSG in Beijing.

June 2012

Status: Active

Vanessa Wong

Grade: 6 dan

Vanessa, 16, is the youngest member of the WMSG 2012 team and the strongest woman player.

She started to learn Go at the age of six. She is a student in Shrewsbury. She has taken lessons from various Go academies in Hong Kong and also from a professional from Shanghai at the age of nine. She became 1 dan at the age of ten and 3 dan at twelve. She took part in the Amateur Go Championship in Hangzhou, China in 2008 and obtained a national 4 dan certificate.

She won the Hong Kong Pair Go Championship in 2005, the British Youth Go Championship in 2006, came 2nd in the Hong Kong Primary and Secondary School Go Championship in 2008 and 13th in the European Youth Goe Championship also in 2008. She represented us in the previous WMSG in Beijing.

August 2012

Status: Active

Xinyi Lu

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12th November 1984 - 3rd October 2011

He was not just a Go player, but also an organiser and promoter of the game, being a BGA Council member from 2007 to 2010.

Xinyi died in an accident, while on holiday in China. His parents have created a website in his memory: https://sites.google.com/site/tributetoxinyi/

Status: Deceased

Shutai Zhang

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Status: Abroad

David Cantrell

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Status: Active