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John Fairbairn, born in 1947, lives in London. Now mostly retired, he has worked as a political journalist and technical translator. His main hobby, outside of taking his grandchildren to "follow their noses", is the Japanese board game go. As a specialist in Oriental Languages, he has translated and written many books about go and shogi (Japanese chess). He has also developed go and shogi software. With long-standing friend T Mark Hall, he runs the GoGoD (Games of Go on Disc) database of professional go games. He spent 11 years writing for The Shogi Association's magazine, providing translations and original research on the shogi variants for founder George Hodges. During this period he also worked on developing a shogi computer program, and also a xiangqi (Chinese chess) program, for a team led by David Levy. He has been a go player since 1965. Although he holds the rank of amateur 3rd dan in the British Go Association, his main go interest is the game's history. He has written many original features in Go World, including the first substantial expositions of ancient Chinese, ancient Korean and Tibetan go in English. Prior to moving to London, he taught a technical Japanese reading course for the University of Newcastle (his home town), and in retirement he has resumed his interest in machine translation. Retirement holidays have focused on visiting Major League baseball parks in the USA (11 as of 2011) and also baseball parks in Japan.