A quick update to the state of affairs with the Shodan Challenge for this year:
Firstly, the league website is not finished yet unfortunately. This will be finished as soon as is possible for people to begin playing and submitting games.
Secondly, there have not been many entries (around a dozen).
34 players gathered in the Sports Pavilion at the OU, overlooking the cricket pitch, which saw a mixture of sunshine and showers during the day.
Overall winner was Andrew Simons (3d Cambridge), who beat Phil Beck in the final game.
The Finals of the UK Go Challenge were held on Sunday 24th June in Cambridge. 22 young players took part, both those who had not played in a heat and those that had. It was won by Satoru Oshima from Brighton who is 1 dan, yet only 8 years old. Roella Smith was second and Peran Truscott was third.
Thirty-six players turned out for the Welsh Open, held at Barmouth for the 20th year. Richard Hunter (3d Bristol) won with 5 out of 5.
The Shodan Challenge for 2012-2013 is scheduled to start in July.
The format for this year will be different to how it was in previous years. Previously, mentors were paired up with mentees on a 1-to-few basis, with this mentor taking sole care of the mentees for the mentoring period.
Andrew Kay (5d South London) retained his title by winning this year's Durham Tournament. Reduced to one day, because of hosting the British earlier in the year, the event attracted 19 players from as far away as Edinburgh and southern England.
We're please to let you know that the Barmouth tournament will have a first this year - as far as we know the first visit by Go professionals to Wales.
Two Korean professionals, Sohyun Park 3 dan and Ju Yeon Ko, 8 dan, will be present for the tournament and although detailed plans for their activities during the event aren't in place yet, we're hoping that they will be giving a lecture at 11am
We're pleased to be able to announce that the UK team for the events at the forthcoming World Mind Sports Games in Lille, France during August is:
Tom Urasoe writes:
It is our great pleasure to inform you that we plan to hold The Nihon Ki-in Summer Go School from 27 August 2012 for 10 days in Japan. (Most of the programs will be held at The Nihon Ki-in.)
Natasha Regan and Matthew Cocke retained the British Pair Go Champions title for a third year. They won the top group of the 22nd Pair Go Championships beating Jenny Radcliffe and Francis Roads, the organiser, in the final. Winning the fighting spirit prize were Jackie Chai and John Johnstone.
In the handicap group there were 6 pairs including several children and a 5d Korean lady.