The Nihon Ki-in are sending two professionals to visit the UK in March 2013.
Previously such visits tend to have been planned at short notice, giving insufficient time for good planning: this one has plenty of notice.
From the 16th-18th November, fourteen of the UK's strongest players gathered together for a training event at Kirsty Healey and Matthew Macfadyen's house in Barford, Warwickshire. The format was similar to previous years, with the participants being split into two groups according to rating. One group played games while the other had their games reviewed.
A strong players' training weekend will be held from November 16th-18th in Barford, Warwickshire. As in previous years, Guo Juan (5 dan professional) will be teaching. The weekend will consist of a mixture of games, lectures and reviews, with a maximum group size of 14.
We are almost at the halfway point now of 2011's Shodan Challenge. I'd like to take this opportunity to appeal for any dan players who are interested in becoming mentors to come forward, as there is an unfortunate lack of such mentors available, meaning some strong kyu players have not been able to have a mentor.