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The BGA Council has decided to produce this update once a month for double digit kyu (DDK) players. If you are a DDK player, let us know what you like to hear about. And if you have any ideas about the sort of Go tournaments or events which are best for DDK players or which you would like to see in the future, please let us know.





Last updated Sat May 26 2012. If you have any comments, please email the webmaster on web-master AT britgo DOT org.

The family of the late Allan Scarff has generously made publicly available a number of files of Allan's work in the area of Go-playing software and Artificial Intelligence, in the hope that others interested in these fields will find them useful.

Allan was a pioneer of computer Go, writing a number of award-winning programs for BBC Acorn microcomputers in the 1980s (see [his obituary](/node/357





Last updated Mon Mar 12 2012. If you have any comments, please email the webmaster on web-master AT britgo DOT org.

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.





Last updated Sat Jan 28 2012. If you have any comments, please email the webmaster on web-master AT britgo DOT org.
Tournament Name: 
Online Individual League

I know that I speak for all of the British Go community in saying how shocked and horrified we all were to learn of the untimely death of Xinyi Lu in October whilst on holiday in China.

At the time of his death, Xinyi had attained an unassailable position at the head of division 2 in the first full season of the Online Individual League, having had a 100% record of wins in all of his games.





Last updated Tue Dec 13 2011. If you have any comments, please email the webmaster on web-master AT britgo DOT org.
Tournament Name: 
Online Leagues
Venue: 
KGS
Tournament Date: 
6 December 2011

I intend to close the current online league seasons at midday on Saturday 17th December 2011.

This will represent the end of the third season of the team league and the first proper season of the Individual League.

Not all the matches in the team league have been finished, however in nearly all cases I believe the outcome will be fair if I declare all the outstanding games to be drawn.





Last updated Wed Dec 07 2011. If you have any comments, please email the webmaster on web-master AT britgo DOT org.

There is some nice publicity for go in this week’s edition of Ariel (the BBC staff magazine which also goes outside the BBC to some people in the wider media industry).

The article is about Alison Bexfield's participation in the World Amateur Pair Go Tournament, made the top half of page 4 and included a nice picture of her by a goban.





Last updated Wed Nov 23 2011. If you have any comments, please email the webmaster on web-master AT britgo DOT org.
Venue: 
EDF Energy London Eye
Tournament Date: 
17 November 2011

17th November 2011 marked a historic moment for UK Mind Sports with the first festival of all the games who are members of the International Mind Sports Association.

The International Federation of Poker had booked the entire EDF Energy London Eye for the evening for their first interna





Last updated Thu Nov 24 2011. If you have any comments, please email the webmaster on web-master AT britgo DOT org.

It is with great sadness that we have to report that Gerry died on Monday 14 November after a year battling cancer.

As you all know his grade was 1 dan, achieved in 1986, but much more importantly he was our Bookseller for more than 10 years.





Last updated Wed Jan 09 2013. If you have any comments, please email the webmaster on web-master AT britgo DOT org.

It is with regret that we have to report the very tragic death of Xinyi Lu at the age of 26.

He was not just a Go player, but also an organiser and promoter of the game, being a BGA Council member from 2007 to 2010.

Xinyi died in an accident, while on holiday in China, at the beginning of October.





Last updated Fri Nov 11 2011. If you have any comments, please email the webmaster on web-master AT britgo DOT org.
Tournament Name: 
British Championship

On Sunday 16th January, Matthew Macfadyen beat Vanessa Wong in the fourth game of the 2010 British Championship match. This put Matthew 3-1 ahead in the 5-game match. Matthew is therefore the 2010 British Champion.





Last updated Mon Jan 17 2011. If you have any comments, please email the webmaster on web-master AT britgo DOT org.
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