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Colin Maclennan

I first encountered the game of Go way back in the 70s. A colleague at work, a keen chess player, one day brought in a Japan Airlines leaflet about the game and suggested we try it out in our lunch break. So that is what we did, using squared paper and drawing circles that we shaded or not to represent stones.

It was a cumbersome way to play and we did not get far, although we did begin to realise that building walls enclosing watertight areas in one part of the board while your opponent did the same in another part was probably not the best strategy. But it was enough to stimulate me to visit a Go club that was currently meeting in a house in Croydon. It was a long way from where I lived, and I only managed a couple of visits before family pressures took over and I relegated Go to the "RIP" section of my brain.

Years later, after I retired from the Department of Transport (I was a traffic engineer), I took over the chess club at our local junior school which my youngest daughter attended. Her initial interest in the game soon evaporated, but by that time I was locked to running the club and it was several years before I got away!

I thought about taking up the game myself, but a couple of visits to the local chess club discouraged me. At this point I recalled my brief encounter with Go all those years before. A trawl on the Internet, which we had just installed, and I was soon visiting the Twickenham club on a regular basis. The rest, as they say, is history.

May 2011

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Henry Manners

Henry Manners, 25, works in London as an Editorial Assistant. He began playing playing Go in 2010 after finding a board collecting dust at a friend's house and roping various other people to play with him. Since then, he has become slightly obsessive about the game.

June 2012

Toby Manning

Toby learned the rules of Go when he was a teenager in the 1960’s, but it was when he went to Cambridge University in 1971 that he first really concentrated on the game. During his time there he got to be 1 kyu, and was Secretary then President of the University Go Society. He organised the first Cambridge Go Tournament (subsequently called the Trigantius).

His career then took him to Bristol, London, Leamington Spa and Leicester, and in all places he was a keen member of the local club. He helped arrange each Club’s tournaments – the Wessex, London Open, Warwick and Leicester – and has organised three British Congresses as well as many Three Peaks Tournaments.

He got to be 3 dan in 1994, when he won his first tournament (the Three Peaks) although he is now playing at 1 dan (although he denies that he has got weaker); in 2002 he won the Irish Open. He has also won tournaments in Cornwall, Sheffield and Cheshire.

He was a Council member from 1976 to 1979 when he was elected President following Brian Castledine’s death, serving for 4 years. He rejoined Council in 2008, during which year he was non-playing captain for the UK Go team at the First World Mind Sports Games in Beijing, becoming Treasurer in 2011. In 2018 he stepped up to become President, following the untimely death of Roger Huyshe.

After a career in the Electricity Industry with CEGB, National Grid Company and then as an Independent Consultant, he retired in 2014.

He is married to (non go-playing) Felicity, with no children.

23 April 2018

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Martha McGill

Martha, 23, is studying for a PhD in History at Edinburgh University. She first learned Go from Matt Crosby at the age of 19, and has played with varying degrees of dedication since.

She represented the UK at the second World Mind Sports Games.

August 2012

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Sue Paterson

Sue, 53, is now semi-retired from social work and lives in Arundel in Sussex, where she runs the local Go club. She used to be active on the London Go scene, before moving south. She has represented the UK five times at the world level in both Women's and Pair Go Championships and also at the WMSG 2008 in Beijing. She hopes to spend more time in her allotment and studying Go.

October 2008

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Tony Pitchford

Auditor from 2018.

Tony Putman
Jenny Rofe-Radcliffe
Natasha Regan

Natasha, 41, lives in Epsom, near London. She works as an actuary in capital modelling for Royal Bank of Scotland Insurance. She has been playing go for 13 years, and highlights include representing the UK at Pair Go in Japan, Bosnia and France, and playing a friendly game with O Rissei when he visited London! Natasha enjoys other Mind Sports too, having previously represented England in the Women's Olympiad team at chess and previously represented us at the WMSG 2008 in Beijing. She has three children: a 9-year old boy, and twin 7-year old girls.

June 2012

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Pat Ridley

Pat was Journal editor for several years and then took on the elected role of Auditor. BGA Council Member from 2018.

Alex Rix

Alex, 45, is a corporate financier living in London. He learnt to play Go at Oxford University and has played regularly since. Alex served as a former President of the Brtish Go Association for nearly 8 years and on Council for more than 11 years.

He represented the UK at the World Amateur Championship in 2004, has won several UK tournaments, including the Wessex tournament 3 times, and has often taken part in the penultimate stage of the British Go Championship over the years. He is married with a stepson.

October 2008

Francis Roads

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Richard Wheeldon

Richard is CTO at mobile recording specialists VoxSmart. He was introduced to Go whilst studying at UCL for his Computer Science PhD and has played Go (badly) in Japan, Korea, USA, France, Belgium and China but can more normally be found at the City, West London or Wanstead go clubs and is a Council member from 2017, becoming treasurer in 2018.

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Neil Sandford

Joined BGA Council in 2018.

Bob Scantlebury

"I am from the north (Rochdale) and learned to play Go in 1975 at the age of 18 from my brother Stuart who was a board game fanatic. I went up to Oxford (Biochemistry) in the same year, but did not pursue Go as much as rowing (and drinking of course!). I went down in 1979 when I took up Go again in Manchester after starting work as a software developer (CAP – anyone heard of them?).

I was posted to London where my Go career took off and I reached the dizzy heights of 6 kyu in about 1982. Then things went quiet and I didn’t take up Go again until 2003 (after many adventures) when I started playing with a friend again in Manchester. I have only just managed to reclaim being a 6 kyu in the modern era.

I am single, retired and living in Sheffield where there is an active Go club. Interests include philosophy, Zen, beer, walking and counselling (I am a psychotherapist in my spare time)."

December 2014

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