Club Helpers


Here is some information about the club committee and people who help teach chess and go at the club


Committee Members

Patrick Ribbands

Picture of Patrick Ribbands

Paul Smith has taught Go to children since 1994 when he helped to set up the Chess & Go club. He has played Go since he was at school and has a 2-dan certificate from the British Go Association. He has played Go for the UK national team and has been the national 13x13 Go champion on two occasions. He has also won medals at the Mind Sports Olympiad for Go, Shogi, Oware and Othello.

Picture of Paul Smith

Tom McNeeney

Picture of Tom McNeeney

Sean Blanchflower is a software manager who lives just round the corner from the club and played chess competitively while at university. He has a son who plays at the club and another who will be joining before too long!

Picture of Sean Blanchflower

Mark Hsieh has attended the club with his children for over ten years, and volunteers at the Cambridgeshire Chess Championship after setting up and running the Chess club at St Paul's C.E. Primary school

Picture of Mark Hsieh

Mark and Adri Walters - no picture yet.


Other Chess and Go helpers

Many of the committee members have helped out with Chess and Go teaching at the club. Paul and Tom are the nominated representatives of the Cambridge University Go Society, and Patrick (who is a former president of the Cambridge City Chess Club) is a strong chess player who has helped with chess teaching at the club for many years.

Two more people who regularly help with Go teaching at the club are Khanh Nguyen and Bruno Poltronieri. Bruno has a rating of 3-dan and is one of the strongest British Go players

Khanh Nguyen

Picture of Khanh Nguyen

Bruno Poltronieri - no picture yet.


Former club helpers

Here are some people you may recognise who used to help out at the club!

Greg Young is a former USA junior chess champion who helped out at the club in 2015. He is a great chess teacher and he organised lots of fun events such as bullet chess and a chess-go competition, and he played 13 players at once blindfold. He had some special tape for sticking on people who made "tapeworthy" moves (in other words, mistakes!).

Picture of Greg Young

James Wood is a former president and secretary of the Cambridge University Go Society who helped out at the club in 2016

Picture of James Wood

Chris Davison is a strong chess player who taught chess at the club in 2017

Picture of Chris Davison

Fabian Tobianski is a chess teacher and player from Germany who taught chess at the club in 2017

Picture of Fabian Tobianski


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