Person Record

Richard Wheeldon

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Richard is CTO at mobile recording specialists VoxSmart. He was introduced to Go whilst studying at UCL for his Computer Science PhD and has played Go (badly) in Japan, Korea, USA, France, Belgium and China but can more normally be found at the City, West London or Wanstead go clubs and is a Council member from 2017, becoming treasurer in 2018.

Email Richard at: treasurer@britgo.org

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Michael Kyle

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-Introduced to go around 2014 by the BGA presence at Japanese cultural events

-Started to play in November 2015.

-Normally plays at least once a week at the Manchester club.

-Loves a moyo and picks unnecessary fights on the go board.

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Neil Sandford

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Taught to play in the early 1970s, and retired at 4kyu after being asked to 'entertain' a friend's Japanese father (3 dan), having to play two games with 4 stones (was something lost in translation?) and winning them both. That was it for Go until I stopped playing golf about ten years ago and picked up the stones again instead.

Currently event organiser at the Edinburgh club, running a U3A (University of the Third Age) Go group in Haddington and helping at the James Gillespie school in Edinburgh. I am uniquely well-placed to teach beginners having been one myself for 45 years.

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Tony Pitchford

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Auditor from 2018.

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Joanne Leung

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Joanne finds Go fascinating due to its complexity and the uniqueness of each game. Since the age of seven, she has never stopped sharing her enjoyment – she promotes this ancient game as she wishes everyone in the world could play it and love it like she does. Not only does she teach Go in primary schools, she also founded Go clubs in her university and secondary school.

Being part of the British Go Association, she hopes to improve links between the British and the Chinese community, provide support to start and maintain university Go clubs, and most importantly, bring new ideas to the Council.

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Alice Ambrose-Thurman

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Mo Amin

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Colin Williams

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Colin first saw the game of Go at school, when two sixth-formers were playing a strange game that involved a home-made board and over 300 blue and white toothpaste tube tops (goodness knows how long it took them to collect them). Then Clive Fraser joined the teaching staff and set up a Go club, from when he was hooked.

There was a playing gap while at University, but a few years later when in Farnham he met Richard Granville – and it started again. Several years followed playing at the West Surrey Club, and co-organising the annual West Surrey Handicap Tournament with Steve Bailey, during which he rose to the dizzy heights of 2 kyu.

Then, as for many, family duties and work intervened, and there was a 25+ year Go drought. Having retired in 2018 he joined the Bristol Go Club and has re-found a passion for the game. With some time on his hands, now is the opportunity for him to give back to the game through the auspices of the BGA Council.

His ambition – probably hopeless – is to advance from his current 5/6 kyu up to shodan.

Status: Active