When President Obama visited China in November 2009 he presented Preident Hu Jintao with a Go or Weiqi set. It consisted of a US-made wooden board and Chinese jade stones in American glass bowls, showing a fusion between the culture and skills of the two countries. You can see see the board being made in the AGA E-Journal report. No doubt Obama's knowledge of Chinese culture gained through this gift helped when he met the Dalai Lama on 18th February 2010.
Go World 120 is now available. Subscription for 4 issues is now £20.
After the Coventry and Bracknell events, Tony Atkins was leading, but then the long events started with the Scottish Open scoring 6, Durham 5 and Barmouth 5 for defending champion Yohei Negi. Matthew Macfadyen won Swindon and Shrewsbury to move into second. Matthew then won the Wessex and MK to go top, but Yohei evened the score at the Three Peaks. After Cheshire:
K61-3 Graded Go problems for Dan Players 1-3 - £14 each
JAS1 Joseki Fundamentals Vol. 1 (by Robert Jasiek) - £24
Many old BGJs have been added to the archive in PDF format.
The 2009 Youth Grand Prix has now finished, with Matthew Hathrell coming first, Roella Smith second, and Michael Webster third. Well done to those three, and to everyone else who earned points. Full standings for the year can be seen here.
Many of you will be aware that Gerry Mills has said that after 16 years and at the age of 80 he will be giving up the job of Book Seller at the end of November. I'd like to specially thank him for all his many years of effort on behalf of the BGA and also ask if there is anyone interested in taking over the role, or assisting someone else in trying to replace Gerry (which will be very big boots to fill).
Secondly, Edwin Brady is planning to retire as Secretary at the AGM, so we're looking for a new Secretary.