There was a meeting of BGA Council on 14th August 2010.
Here are the highlights:
Charles Fisher and his brother Freddie won half of the prizes at Shrewsbury. Charles, 1 dan London, was the event winner, beating the organiser, Gerry Mills, in the final. Freddie, 10k Shropshire, was one of two players on 2.5. The other was Pat Ridley, 11 k Chester. Pauline Bailey won a special prize for being Pauline. 32 players took part.
The Belfast Open saw a fair crowd of 18 players and 1 ghost turning out to do battle. The winner was David Phillips (1 dan) of the Isle of Man, who gracefully lost his last round game thus creating a four way tie for second. Claas Roever (1 kyu) and James Hutchinson (1 kyu) shared second place on SOS, just ahead of Daniel Paraschiv (1 dan) and then Colin MacSweeny (2 kyu).
Alistair Wall (3 dan Wanstead) won Swindon Tournament. The only other of the 28 players to win all three was Xinyi Lu (4 kyu Maidenhead). Two Swindon players, Aidan Putman (14 kyu) and Michael Fotheringham (30 kyu), got special prizes for their jigo.
Will Brooks, the student from Cambridge, was equal third in the European Student Go Championship in Darmstadt, Germany. He only lost to the top rated player Benjamin Teuber and to the eventual winner Matthias Terwey. 22 students from 8 countries took part.
The two BGA teachers from the Saturday morning teaching session were the winners in the Cornish Go weekend's two tournaments. In the 16-player Cornish Lightning Handicap on the Saturday afternoon, Tony Atkins (2 dan Reading) was the winner in the final against John Culmer (1 kyu, West Cornwall) despite having to give a four-stone start.
Following the recent decision of Council, the current season of the Online League has been extended to the end of the year as it has proved difficult to get matches played over the summer.
The next season will start on 1st January 2011
The first season of the Individual League will also commence on 1st January 2011.
Ivan Wong, a Chinese 1 dan research student at Manchester University, won the Northern Tournament on 5th September at the Stockport Masonic Guildhall. Unusually Ivan was the only player of the 24 there to win all three games and so was the only prize winner. Gerry Mills again brought the BGA bookstall, but for the last time.
There were no British players winning Go Golds at this year's Mind Sports Olympiad. The event was held between 21st and 30th August at the Soho Theatre in the centre of London and had restricted space, meaning fewer events than normal. Six players played the 13x13 on the Friday afternoon, with Gold going to Spain's Paco Garcia de la Banda (3 dan).
We had a stand at the Japanese Festival on the August Bank Holiday Monday 2010 at Chiddingstone Castle, demonstrating and teaching successfully many parents and children (some as young as 3).
In the next room was a fascinating collection of high quality Japanese items including Samurai swords, armour, lacquerware and articulated insects.