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
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.
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.
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.
Congratulations to Roella Smith who held on to her lead to win the 2010 Youth Grand Prix. Jamie Taylor held on to second, and Roella's younger sister Kelda managed to get third place, just beating Barney Shiu.
Don't forget that in addition to the London Open we're hosting the Man vs Machine Challenge match between John Tromp and the computer run by Darren Cook, starting on 28th December, to decide the winner of a $1000 bet made in 1997.