Person Record

Graham Blackmore

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Status: Inactive

Andrew Kay

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British Champion 2012, 2013 and 2014

Represented us at the WAGC in 2013

Status: Active

Bob Hitchens

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Status: Active

Derek Hunter

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Status: Inactive

Harold Lee

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Status: Inactive

Roger Huyshe

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Roger Huyshe

Roger writes:

I first encountered Go in my gap year at work, where I was writing bits of the operating system for the long-defunct mainframe computer company English Electric-Leo-Marconi. I was struck by the novelty of the game and immediately went to the limit of my teenage budget, constructing a board drilled with 361 pinholes with coloured drawing pins for stones.

With less than a dozen games of Go under my belt, I took up Bridge instead at University, but returned to Go a few years later. I founded the Corby Go Club, moved to Manchester, where I became the secretary and reached a weak 1-kyu grade. Marriage, children and other hobbies intervened and although I occasionally looked at Go books, that was it for some 30 years.

I had always valued in Go both the friendly community and the mental challenge from the huge range of strategic concepts. So come retirement from a varied life in I.T., I thought it would it would be fun to make one more push – from my supposed 1 kyu level and reach shodan. Big shock. Even after getting back into practice, I was just 5 kyu. In my absence, somebody had moved the goalposts, as seems quite clear from anecdotes, player graphs and Toby Manning’s earlier BGJ article “Why am I getting weaker?”

It has also been a surprise – after my 30-year gap – to find so many of the faces unchanged and the BGA membership, at its lowest level since records began. This despite the evidence from the website of a huge amount of effort and professionalism from those running the BGA. No doubt we have to blame the internet and other competition for people’s time, but I’ll see what I can contribute on this front.

I have found tournaments a joy, particularly the two-day ones (Irish Go Congress, British Go Congress, Scottish Open, Durham, Welsh Open, Belfast, Isle Of Man, Mind Sports Olympiad, Cornwall, Three Peaks, and London Open), which allow more time for socialising and local exploring. I took over the small Shropshire tournament and hoped to quietly develop that as an attraction for kyu players and chasers of Stacey points.

April 2013

Status: Deceased

Fred Holroyd

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Although I was born in Scotland, I spent most of my childhood in Africa, my parents being in the Colonial Civil Service. Though I don’t really mind the cold, I still find British winters ridiculously dark. Still, the London Open always cheers things up a bit.

I think I first encountered Go in the early 1970s. Roy Nelson and I started a club at the Open University, Milton Keynes, in about 1978 as I recall, which (as the OU and Milton Keynes Go Club) is still afloat.

I was Minutes Secretary of the BGA for three years between the 2004 and 2007 AGMs, and edited Issue 152 of the Journal in 2010.

My first and only job, from which I recently retired, was as a mathematician at the aforesaid OU. I’m still an Honorary Visitor at this excellent institution. Currently I have the (probably) completely mad self-imposed task of proving that something that was proved in the 80s not to be provable, actually is provably provable (if you see what I mean). Maybe my re-election to the BGA Council will cure me of this!

Up until 2005, the OU had maths summer schools and I always brought along a set or two, introducing Go to several good people over the years. A variable player, I seem to have peaked at 2k in 2001 and been wandering in the 5k-8k region in recent years. I no longer possess the hat in the photo. If anyone has picked it up at a tournament since 2009 or so, please let me know . . .

May 2013

Status: Active

Jonathan Green

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Status: Active

Baron Allday

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Status: Active

David Artus

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Status: Inactive