This year's Shodan Challenge is now under way. There were some problems with people dropping out last year, so this year's set-up is more casual. There are no specific pairs of mentors/mentees; instead we have a teaching ladder system, whereby you can submit games for review, and review other people's games. There's also an option to arrange friendly matches and teaching games.
Jon is a retired IT professional living in East Sussex and learnt to play Go at school at the tender age of 14, becoming 1 dan and British Champion in 1965. He was Champion for 11 of the next 12 years, ending up by being promoted to 6 dan, but retiring to spend more time with his family (as they say) in 1977. In retirement he did represent the UK at the first World Amateur in 1979 and has been part of the UK team from the start of the Pandanet European Go team Championship.
As well as being on the BGA Council for many years in the 1970’s Jon founded the Go club at Cambridge University, started the British Go Journal and was editor for several years. More recently he produced the now obsolete BGA CD. (Barry Chandler insists he was co-editor of BGJ 146, focussing on the World Mind Sports Games - Jon isn't so sure...).
As a further service to our readers we've added some News feeds from around the World (English sources only) to the right hand side of our News page, These include the American Go Association, International Go Federation and EuroGoTV.
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Many of you will be aware that BGA members are entitled to a 15% discount from Pentangle Game and Puzzles for Go books and equipment.
The latest British Go Journal is now available and should be with members already. Selected games, problems etc are available here.
The full PDF for issue 156 is also now available online.
Our introductory BGA flyer, often referred to as the Trifold leaflet, has now been updated with the current membership rates and membership secretary information. It can be seen on our Promotional Literature page.
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.