John encountered Go vaguely in 1969, at Cambridge in 1972 and again in 1976 and always meant to get into it seriously but never quite got round to it until 2005 when he rolled up at St Albans Go club from which they haven't yet found an excuse to chuck him out.
He's sort of crawled out of the DDK pit painfully slowly since then. He would like to reach a sensible playing level before his dotage.
During his only-too-copious non-free time he runs a small Software company in Welwyn Garden City, 25 years old in January 2011, specialising in Linux and other open-source software.
John admits responsibility for the online league software which he started in 2009. Because of (or in spite of) this, he was elected to the council as Online Chairman in 2010.
4th January 2011