The fifth season of the BGA Online League is now under way.
To balance the divisions out, I have moved Belfast and Billericay up to division 1, Glasgow up to division 2 and then done the draw for matches in each division.
As last year there are two matches between each pair of teams, a notional "home" and "away" match.
Although I've written in the forthcoming British Go Journal that all Council members are offering themselves for re-election, it turns out that two of the existing members have recently decided not to for a variety of personal reasons.
We thank them for their efforts and hope that they will still continue working with the BGA to promote and develop Go in the UK.
Nominations for Council membe
The 2013 British Youth Champion is Tian-Ren Chen, retaining the title he won last year. Second was Matei Mandache, a fellow-student at Loughborough School.
The Castledine Trophy was won this year by Loughborough, who beat Aston by 2 games to 1.
The Best Primary School award went to Sandilands, Manchester.
The 2013 British Youth Go Championship attracted 27 competitors aged from 7 to 18, with strengths from 37 kyu to 1 dan. The kind hosts this year were King Edward VI School at Aston, Birmingham. The organisers would also like to note their gratitude to the Castledine-Barnes Trust, for facilitating the entry of certain players.
Our poor run of form continues, but this time we have a really tough match against the table-topping Finns.
Vanessa again had problems with connecting to Pandanet-IGS and dropped out at the last minute, leaving Jon Diamond on top board to face Antti Törmänen (7 dan on Pandanet), who's just had a fantastic result in the World Students Oza, coming third.
Despite the venue having staffing problems that caused a change from the Sunday to the Saturday, 40 players attended the Cambridge Trigantius at Parkside Community College. Andrew Simons (3d) was again the winner. This time he beat the new organiser, David Ward (2d) in the last round. Equal second with David was local student Jamie Taylor (1d), a former under-18 champion.
38 players attended the 2013 Irish Go Congress, held in Dublin. Csaba Mero, 6d Hungary, won the main tournament, The Confucius Cup, for the second time with a perfect 5/5 score. In second place was Zebin Du, 4d China, and third was Antoine Fenech, 5d France.
Roger Daniel, 6k UK, and Mikulas Kubita, 15k Czech Republic, won all five of their games, while Thomas Shanahan won four.
Due to a venue problem, the Trigantius has now moved from the Sunday to Saturday 9th March. Same details otherwise.
Full PDFs for issues 157 and 158 are now available online
26 players attended the 3rd Welwyn Garden City Go Tournament, held in the Bridge room of the Gosling Stadium.
With a surprise win over Andrew Simons in round 3, the tournament winner was Michael Webster (1D London).