Reigning British Champion, Andrew Kay 4d, and fellow Cambridge University graduate Andrew Simons, 4d, have emerged as the finalists for the British Go Championship from the Challengers' League held at ISH in London. The pair will meet for the best-of-three final at a time and place yet to be fixed, to decide who will take the title of British Champion 2013. As both players intend travelling to Asia over the next three months, the final will probably not take place before August. When it does happen, it is likely to be followed live in the British Room on KGS with professional commentary.
The other six challengers, in order of score, were: Alex Kent 2d, Alex Rix 2d, Des Cann 4d, Boris Mitrovic 2k, Francis Roads 1d and Tim Hunt 2d. The finalists played their Challengers' game in Round 4 on Saturday afternoon and Andrew Simons won as white by 10.5 points. However Andrew Simons had already lost to Alex Kent in the morning. Event organiser Jenny Radcliffe expressed pride at the excellent showing by Alex Kent, who she herself taught to play in Durham less than 10 years ago. Neither Andrew lost another game to end on six wins each.
(From a report by Tony Collman for the American Go E-Journal, photo courtesy of Andrew Simons)