Vanessa Wong has been awarded a 6 dan certificate by the BGA, following her excellent performance at the second World Mind Sports Games in Lille.
Congratulation to Vanessa Wong on her becoming No. 1 in the UK ratings, replacing Bei Ge who overtook long-time top player Matthew Macfadyen who had a bad tournament at the London Open 2011.
Just a small caution: only the Team event of the three WMSG events Vanessa took part it has so far been included in the rating list...
We're pleased to be able to announce that the European Go Federation have awarded us the European Youth Go Championship for 2014.
We're currently proposing that it be held in conjunction with the British Open in March or April 2014 in the Butlins resort, Bognor Regis.
Final dates should be announced early in 2013.
We're setting up an organisation team to look after this project, so if you
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. If you are a tournament organiser and you are keen to have DDK players taking part in your tournament, please let us know about that too.
Some tournaments have a particularly good record of attracting DDK players so you know that they are a likely place where you can find many other players around your grade. One of these is the Durham tournament, which takes place this year on Sat 16 June. Last year there were 11 DDK players at this event, ranging from 10k to 19k.
In recent tournament results, Daniel Peace 12k from Oxford won all his games at the Bracknell tournament.
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.