Russian 7 dan Ilya Shikshin retained the European Championship by beating Catalin Taranu in the final. This year the top 8 placed Europeans played knockout after round 7 which gave to an exciting final on the last day. Winning the play-off for third was Ukraine's Artem Kachanovskyi, who beat Alexandr Dinerchtein.
The second game in the best-of-three British Go Championship was won by Nick Krempel by a narrow 2.5 points after an epic 6hr30 (plus lunchtime) battle.
Andrew Simons, 3 dan from Cambridge, increased the territory of his titles by adding Milton Keynes to Oxford, Maidenhead and the Small Board.
This year's Shodan Challenge is now underway, with around 20 challengers hoping to achieve their goals over the next year.
Although the challenge has now officially started, people are still more than welcome to sign-up. However, do bear in mind that mentors have now been assigned, so it may not be possible to assign a mentor to you if you have not already registered.
We have a shortage of dan-level mentors, so in the case that more strong kyu players sign up, it would be very useful to have a couple more dan-level mentors available. It would be greatly appreciated if anyone dan-level who is willing to commit to being a mentor would email the organiser (Chris Bryant).
Best of luck to everyone - may the next twelve months bring success for all challengers.
Adan Mordcovich from London is the new champion of the UK Go Challenge. He also won the Under-18 Boys section forcing Aston's Mazhar Warraich to take second in the section and overall. Hamzah Reta, also from Aston, was third overall and Under-16 Boys Champion.
Aston won the schools trophy and their Ibraheem Mustafa won the Under-12 Boys.
For the first time ever the Welsh Open was tied.
The 8th annual Durham Go Tournament took place in the lecture theatres of Elvet Riverside - the usual six-round McMahon tournament with lightning and small board side events. 42 players took part, a pleasingly high turnout, and for the first time the tournament was won by a Durham player, recent acquisition Andrew Kay, who was the only player to win all six games.
Natasha Regan celebrated her 40th birthday by winning the British Pair Go Championship for a second year running with Matthew Cocke. This time they beat Kirsty Healey and Matthew Macfadyen in the final. The handicap winners from 2008, Sam McCarthy and John Collins, won the handicap section again. Best dressed pair was Jenny Radcliffe and organiser Francis Roads.
The Shodan Challenge for 2011-2012 is now scheduled to start on 1st July.
We've got a new organiser, Chris Bryant, who's working hard with some new ideas to stimulate the players involved and help with ensuring that everybody improves. So please sign-up now.
We've been having problems with email forwarding on all our britgo.org email addresses. If you've sent a message in the last few days and haven't had a response please could you resend them in 24 hours (hopefully the problem will be resolved by then).