This year's Shodan Challenge is now under way. There were some problems with people dropping out last year, so this year's set-up is more casual. There are no specific pairs of mentors/mentees; instead we have a teaching ladder system, whereby you can submit games for review, and review other people's games. There's also an option to arrange friendly matches and teaching games.
We're please to let you know that the Barmouth tournament will have a first this year - as far as we know the first visit by Go professionals to Wales.
Two Korean professionals, Sohyun Park 3 dan and Ju Yeon Ko, 8 dan, will be present for the tournament and although detailed plans for their activities during the event aren't in place yet, we're hoping that they will be giving a lecture at 11am
Congratulations to Andrew Kay on his success at the Challengers League and his promotion to 5 dan.
Also to Felix Wang for his promotion to 4 dan.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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