The third season of the online team league and the first season of the online Individual League concluded on 17th December 2011.
After some adjustments, awarding draws in unplayed games, the winners of the online team league, taking the GoGoD shield, were Central London Go Club A.
Winning Division 2 and promotion to division 1 were St Albans Go Club team.
Winning Division 3 and promotion
Yet another loss in the Pandanet European Championship...
The two newcomers to our team did not have a good time - Bei Ge losing a very close game on the first board against the top Israeli Ali Jabarin, actually playing from Korea where we think he's undergoing some Baduk training, and David Ward on last board struggling with using Pandanet for the first time, also losing.
Jon Diamond screwe
China were unbeaten in all five matches to win the team event at the first SportAccord World Mind Games in Beijing. They beat Europe, Taiwan and finally the US 5-0; in round 2 they had beaten Korea 3-2 and in round 4 had beaten Japan 4-1. Second place went to Korea who only lost to China and beat Japan in the last round 4-1.
At the request of the Brazilian Go Association we have given them permission to translate into Portuguese articles from the British Go Journal, with appropriate acknowledgements. This will help them popularise the game in Brazil, where the 2016 World Mind Sports Games is scheduled to be held.
Hopefully this will also help promote Go in Portugal, Mozambique, Angola and other Portuguese-speaking
Some of the eagle-eyed amongst you will have noticed that Council decided at its last meeting to cease printing and posting our Newsletter, with the April 2012 issue being the last.
I know that I speak for all of the British Go community in saying how shocked and horrified we all were to learn of the untimely death of Xinyi Lu in October whilst on holiday in China.
At the time of his death, Xinyi had attained an unassailable position at the head of division 2 in the first full season of the Online Individual League, having had a 100% record of wins in all of his games.
We've created a number of display panels, following up Tony Atkins excellent production of some at A3 size on display at Leicester, having seen what the French did at the European Go Congress.
These are designed to be useable for external events and exhibitions and are downloadable from our website.
As a result of a posting on Life19x19 we've created a page to help people new to face-to-face tournament play to know what to expect.
It can be found at http://www.britgo.org/tournaments/1st
Please let anybody who might be interested in playing face to face know about this valuable resource.
We've managed to fix a problem with Internet Explorer being unable to see that we had an RSS feed (our News). So if you're using version 7 or 8 of Internet Explorer you should now see that the feed icon in the bar at the top is no longer greyed out and you can subscribe to it.
I intend to close the current online league seasons at midday on Saturday 17th December 2011.
This will represent the end of the third season of the team league and the first proper season of the Individual League.
Not all the matches in the team league have been finished, however in nearly all cases I believe the outcome will be fair if I declare all the outstanding games to be drawn.