The British Go Congress was held over three days the first weekend in April at the Royal Victoria Hotel in Sheffield. Andrew Kay started the event with a teaching session on Friday afternoon, followed by a well attended presentation by Lucas Baker from Google DeepMind who explained a bit about the recent successes of AlphaGo and showed us its 9 dan diploma (pictured).
In the evening, 26 players took part in the British Lightning tournament which was eventually won by Andrew Kay followed by Alison Bexfield as the runner up.
On Saturday and Sunday the British Open tournament took place with a good attendance of 84 players, including a large contingent from Cheadle Hulme School who brought 15 of their pupils.
With thirty-three players attending the fourth Isle of Skye Tournament, numbers are holding up, as did the weather.
Friday evening attracted a number of players for a 9 x 9 board league, which was won by Francis Roads (1k Wanstead).
The main tournament produced a new champion. Alistair Wall (2d Wanstead) won the bottle of Talisker whisky with 5 wins out of 6. The runner up, also with 5 wins out of 6, was Ulf Olsson (3d) visiting from Gothenburg.
Also in the prizes with 5 wins were, Edward Blockley (5k) and Greg Cox (10k Dundee). 4 wins were recorded by Stanislav Traykov, Donald Macleod, Roger Daniel, Alasdair Clarke, John Collins and John Macdonald.
A number of players took the opportunity to extend their visit for a few days and explore the island.
The next tournament is planned for March 2018 - pace yourself Alistair :)
A total of 54 players turned up at the Cambridge University Social Club for the Trigantius Tournament on a good spring day. The main tournament was won by Jitka Bartova (3d) narrowly beating in the last round her friend Ngoc-Trang Cao (3d), both from the Leamington stable. Bruno Poltronieri (3d Cambridge) gained third place on SOS from Andrew Simons (4d Cambridge).
Apart from the winner, prizes were awarded for those on 3 wins: Jonathan Green (5k Leamington), David Crabtree (7k Manchester), Edmund Smith (8k Milton School). They also awarded encouragement prizes: best 1k Alan Thornton (St Albans), best 9k Richard Scholefield (Milton Keynes) and best 16k Wenzhou Mei (Milton School).
Puzzle Prizes were sponsored by Threedy 3d Printers.
The delayed deciding third game of the 2015 British Championship was played on Sunday 14th February 2016 at Andrew Kay's mother's house (who provided curry at lunchtime).
Up to 100 fans watched the live relay on KGS in the British room by "BGAadmin" from 10:00.
After 299 moves it was found that Andrew Simons, playing black, was 15.5 ahead.
Andrew Simons is therefore the champion for the first time.
Lucas Baker (2d London), shown on the left left playing Baron Allday, won all his games to win the Cheshire Tournament. The event was held as normal at the Community Centre in Frodsham and alongside the Frodsham Chess Congress.
Others of the 30 players also winning all three games were three of the large team from Cheadle Hulme School: Daniel Atkinson (26k), Jack Nolan (18k) and Jason Brown (16k). In addition the runner-up, Tony Atkins (1k Reading), received a prize and Joel Barrett (20k Manchester) was awarded a prize for winning two games and being told the wrong handicap in his other.
Winners in the self-paired 13x13 side event were youth players Yusuf Ahmed for 12/19, Daniel Atkinson for 9/11 and Matthew Benton for 7/9.
Also winning three games were Roger Huyshe (3k Shropshire), Malcolm Hagan (5k Winchester), Stephen Bailey (7k Arundel) and Robert Scantlebury (9k Sheffield). Paul Barnard (2k Swindon) won 2.5. All players on two wins won a prize each too, with Hitachi maintaining their generous Go-support with a fine array of prizes.
Best teams were Arundel (Steve, Malcolm, Pauline and Casey) on 9/12 and "No Go" (Roella, Edmund, Charlotte and Zaki) on 8/12. The 13x13 prizes went to Edmund Smith (8k Milton School) with 3/4 and Lily Danson (15k Cheadle Hulme School) with 4/7.
The 42nd London Open was dominated by Sai Sun (5d) from Beijing who won three titles.
She won the Open title and £120, with six wins out of seven, won the Lightning and also the
Pair Go with
Xinchi Gong. In all 76 players took part in the event, held as usual at ISH in London.
On hand to do game analysis and lectures was the professional from Romania, Catalin Taranu (5p). He lectured on the opening and analysed the game between Andrew and Sai.
Congratulations to the Cambridge A team (Lou Yuxiang, Paul Smith, Atta Chui and James Wood) for winning the seventh season of the online league. In second place were Edinburgh 1. Winning division 2 and promotion to division 1 were UK Youth.
The winning teams received prizes consisting of places in Guo Juan's Group Classes and subscriptions to the Internet Lectures and Training system. See the Internet Go School site for more details.
On hand to do game analysis and lectures is the professional from Romania, Catalin Taranu (5p).
Despite being very near to Christmas and at a new venue near Edinburgh Castle, St Columba's by the Castle Episcopal Church Hall, 16 players managed to take part.
Tied at the top on three wins out of four and equal SOS were "Henry" Hongyi Chen (2d) from Glasgow and Polish player Jakub Ziomko (1d) from Aberdeen.
Two further prizes for three wins were awarded to Ben Lloyd (3k Edinburgh) and Ron Bell (5k Borders).