Note: Not all people shown here are Officials of the BGA.

Richard Wheeldon

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.

Bob Scantlebury

"I am from the north (Rochdale) and learned to play Go in 1975 at the age of 18 from my brother Stuart who was a board game fanatic. I went up to Oxford (Biochemistry) in the same year, but did not pursue Go as much as rowing (and drinking of course!). I went down in 1979 when I took up Go again in Manchester after starting work as a software developer (CAP – anyone heard of them?).

I was posted to London where my Go career took off and I reached the dizzy heights of 6 kyu in about 1982. Then things went quiet and I didn’t take up Go again until 2003 (after many adventures) when I started playing with a friend again in Manchester. I have only just managed to reclaim being a 6 kyu in the modern era.

I am single, retired and living in Sheffield where there is an active Go club. Interests include philosophy, Zen, beer, walking and counselling (I am a psychotherapist in my spare time)."

December 2014

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Jil Segerman
01273 664534 (work)
0792 0865065

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Alex Selby
Li Shen
Piers Shepperson
Simon Shiu

Simon, 40, learnt to play go as a child in the late 1970s. He became very active again in the 1990s playing at the Newcastle, Teesside, and Bristol clubs. He was also a regular on the UK tournament scene, with his best successes coming in the late 1990s. He is married with 2 boys. He currently plays at the Bristol (HP) club, and the occasional tournament.

October 2008

Andrew Simons

Andrew, 26, first learnt Go from a school-friend but never got past the surprise of seeing his stones, apparently in atari, being captured. During the summer after his first year at Cambridge University he discovered he could play online on KGS, joined the University club on his return and has been an avid player ever since.

He skipped his graduation to go to China for a 2 month Go holiday where he progressed from around 1 dan to 3 dan, but hasn't got much better since. He lives in Cambridge where he works for Autonomy, a software company.

He represented the UK at the second World Mind Sports Games.

August 2012

Paul Smith 01223 563932

Paul, 50, lives in Cambridge. He works as a software developer at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge. He learned to play Go when he was 9 years old from a book by the games collector R C Bell. He later started a Go club in his school and they competed in the British Schools Championship in 1980.

He was promoted to 1-dan in 1993 and 2-dan in 1996. In the same year he played on board 2 for the UK team at the European Teams Championship in Zlin. He was the British Small Board Go champion in 2008.

Paul helps to organise the Cambridge Junior Chess & Go Club which has now been running for 18 years, and also a Go club in Milton Primary School. His wife and three children all play Go and at the Oxford Go tournament this year the whole family for the first time all played in the same event.

He represented the UK at the second World Mind Sports Games and was a Council member from 2011 to 2013.

August 2012, revised April 2013

Maria Tabor

"I was taught go at the age of 14 by my dad, Paul. Shortly after learning, I attended my first tournament at the Isle of Man, where I was introduced to the friendly community of Go in Britain. This inviting atmosphere is what encouraged me to go to tournaments often.

Throughout the last 8 years I've attended many BGA tournaments. In 2006 & 2008 I was U16 & U18's UK youth champ. My biggest achievement to date was playing in the GB woman's team in the 1st World Mind Sports Games in Beijing. In 2010 - 2012, I was a part of the team that ran Nottingham Go tournament, which was great fun and I would recommend anyone interested in the game to become a part of running a tournament."

Maria was a Council member in 2012/3.

May 2012, revised April 2013

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Paul Tabor

Paul, 52, learnt to play Go while at school. His principal mentor was Francis Roads, President of the British Go Association at the time, and he progressed to a low kyu rank before going to university. Lack of opportunity and family responsibilities meant that he didn't play very often for many years but he was attracted back into the game at around the time that his daughter Maria took an interest in the game.

He became an amateur dan player at the end of 2006 and now plays regularly at clubs, tournaments and online. Paul lives in Hildenborough, Kent and works as a business analyst specialising in Investment Banking. His interests include running and winter mountaineering. He is also Chairman of Sevenoaks Athletic Club and represented us at the previous WMSG in Beijing.

June 2012

Kiyohiko Tanaka
Sandy Taylor
Kathleen Timmins
Alistair Wall
Nick Wedd
Peter Wendes 02392 267648

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Sheila Wendes 02392 267648
Vanessa Wong

Vanessa, 16, is the youngest member of the WMSG 2012 team and the strongest woman player.

She started to learn Go at the age of six. She is a student in Shrewsbury. She has taken lessons from various Go academies in Hong Kong and also from a professional from Shanghai at the age of nine. She became 1 dan at the age of ten and 3 dan at twelve. She took part in the Amateur Go Championship in Hangzhou, China in 2008 and obtained a national 4 dan certificate.

She won the Hong Kong Pair Go Championship in 2005, the British Youth Go Championship in 2006, came 2nd in the Hong Kong Primary and Secondary School Go Championship in 2008 and 13th in the European Youth Goe Championship also in 2008. She represented us in the previous WMSG in Beijing.

August 2012