David Mitchell

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David was introduced and taught Go by Francis Roads in late 1972. Between 1972 and 1975 he helped organise the Woodford, London and Hampstead Go clubs. David established the Southern Go League and was part of the British Go Association committee for a number of years.

David worked full time at the London Go Centre from 1975 to 1978, (when the Go Centre closed) helping administer the centre and teach all level of Go.

Between 1975 and 1978, David helped organise three Telephone Go challenges two against Japan and one against Russia with sponsorship from Japan Airlines (JAL). In 1978 he played lightning Go for over 36 straight hours in a Soho shop front to get publicity for the game. This resulted in some newspaper articles and one TV news snippet.

After the London Go Centre closed, David continued to play but concentrated on a career in computer programming. In 1980, David was joint British Open Champion with Matthew Macfadyen and about that time he was promoted to 4 dan.

In 1982, David organised a group of players to form The Go Press, an attempt to establish a revenue stream for the BGA through book publishing. The team of ten included Jon Diamond, Matthew Macfadyen, John Tilley, and Alison Cross who all contributed to the endeavour. David was the author of the first book 'Go Proverbs', although everybody contributed to the content. The profits from book sales and copyright income went to the BGA and continue through the book's republication by Slate and Shell.

David left the United Kingdom in 1984 and has lived in Australia since. He played go off and on for 20+ years but in April 2006 returned to regular club play.

David plays Go at the Sydney club, Hurstville and Campsie Clubs and lives in the beachside suburb of Cronulla, south of Sydney.

David is currently a senior IT Manager in News Limited designing, building and maintaining production and administration systems for newspapers all over Australia.

In July 2006 David started publishing the Sydney Go Journal to help low and middle kyu players improve. The Journal is printed monthly and distributed to individuals and clubs in Australia.

David's e-mail address is: davidgmitchell@optusnet.com.au


David Mitchell last edited by 209.135.35.83 on November 10, 2009 - 15:07
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