Since the 1960s Oxford has not done very well in its Go matches against Cambridge. Even by normal standards, 2011 was a particularly bad year -- Oxford lost 6-0. However, in the run-up to this year's match, Oxford's spirits were high. Their line-up included a 5 dan undergraduate, and a 4 dan chef, from China, as well as a 4 dan visiting professor from Korea.
This year's Oxford was the largest UK tournament apart from the London Open for 4 years. 87 players of all strengths took part, including a large contingent from Cambridge who would play the varsity match the following day and many young players encouraged by the included novices' event. Winner in a Cambridge-Oxford final was Lingjun Miao (4d) who beat Korean player Yousang Baik (4d).
Just in case you hadn't noticed, more details of the British Open being held in Durham from 20th to 22nd April are now on our website.
Also, East Coast Trains have opened their bookings for this period, so return tickets from London are available from £70 to those who don't qualify for discounts - less than £50 for those with Railcards.
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Peepo.com is a tool for visualisation of complex relationships of real world objects. It uses Go as the delivery vehicle, with each and every element representing data relationships (shadows are stones in atari etc). It is now ready for user testing on 9x9 (best) and full boards (click on the green button for 9x9).
Kath Timmins, 13k, became the oldest winner of a Cheshire tournament when she won the 8-player Cheshire Handicap with 4/5. Best of the 8 players in the top group was event organiser, Tony Atkins 2d, winning the Open title.
Andrew Kay (4d, South London) won the first ever City of London Winter Go Tournament, by winning all three of his games against Alex Rix (2d, Central London), Paul Taylor (1d, St Albans) and Andrew Simons (3d, Cambridge). Also on three wins was Phil Smith (5k) who is not affiliated to a club.
Information correct at time of posting - check the Tournament Calendar for latest
Information now archived
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.