With regret we report that Allan Scarff, pioneer Go programmer, died from cancer on 9th December 2011, aged 65.
Allan first came across Go in 1969, when working as a programmer with NCR in Dundee, from a Pure Science student friend, Phil Bristow.
We went into our match this week hoping to get our first win of the season, Switzerland being one of the weaker teams who were promoted from the C league.
On 1st board was new team member Chong Han. He played an unconventional, centre-oriented opening which lead to complex fighting and many chances for both to win, but in the end he lost by a few points.
The latest issue of the British Go Journal, number 158, is now available and should be on members' doorsteps today (subject to Royal Mail deliveries).
The games records, problem and answer diagrams and book reviews for this issue are now available online.
The PDF of issue 154 is also now available online.
Andrew Simons won the slightly delayed 2011 British Small Board Championship to hold on to his title won in 2010, by beating Tim Hunt, despite losing to him in their first game. Unfortunately though Andrew still has not received the trophy as the delay in passing it on last time was repeated when the organiser brought the wrong trophy along.
HELP NEEDED: we want to find out more about how you access our news, as you may have seen advertised in the Spring 2012 issue of the British Go Journal, so that we can serve you better.
Xinyi Lu, former organiser, was remembered at the 2012 Maidenhead Tournament. The tournament was honoured by the presence of both Xinyi's parents and several family friends. 49 players took part in the tournament and it was fitting that it was a Chinese player, Chu Lu 5d, who was the winner. She beat Bei Ge in the final. Also winning three were Mike Charles, 2k, and Dave Storkey, 8k.
Site updates in the last few days include:
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The BGA online league site now accepts payments of subscriptions via PayPal.
Subscriptions are £15 for each team plus £5 for each non-BGA member in the team and £10 for each Individual League player or £15 for a non-BGA Individual League Player.
Andrew Simons (3 dan) is giving a series of audio lectures online as part of the BGA's Shodan Challenge. All are welcome to attend, the target audience is around 10 kyu to 1 kyu. They are fortnightly at 8pm on Thursdays in the British Room on KGS (http://www.gokgs.com) under the account 'Uberdude'. The next lesson is on 19th January and lessons will be announced on the gotalk mailing list (in case life interferes with the fortnightly schedule).
Each lecture looks at a topic, illustrating the concepts with examples from real games, and lasts about an hour. Past topics have included "Playing against the san-ren-sei", "Crosscuts", "The 4-4 attach-extend joseki", and "How to win by giving your opponent lots of territory". The next lesson will be "Probes", suggestions for future topics are welcome.
Godraw version 6.3.8 is now available. More details are here.