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I am sad to pass on this news from Lloyd Rubidge:
I am very sad to report that Sally’s body was found in her home on Friday night after friends and neighbours alerted the police that she had not been seen since Tuesday.
Many of you knew Sally Gross. She had a keen interest in Go for many, many years, and played when she could at A Touch of Madness, until her health problems made that too difficult for her.
She was a bright and caring person, and lived a full and varied life.
Rest in peace, Sally.
In the first internet tournament of the year, that took place on Sunday 26 January, 11 players were online to participate. Congratulations to Andrew, who emerged as the overall winner.
1. Andrew Davies
2-4. Chris Welsh, John Leuner, Sam Scott
5-7. Andre Connell, Paul Steyn, Dave Gale
8. Rory Shea
9. Peet Brits
10. Hendrik de Ridder
11. Elizabeth Meyer
This is the second call for all SAGA members to renew their membership for 2014 as soon as possible – preferably before 31 January 2014. 2013 memberships will expire on 31 March, however, to take part in tournaments it is required that you are a fully paid up member. Please note that membership fees for 2014 have, by recent vote, been increased to R150.00, but discounts have been granted for full time tertiary students, to R75.00, and primary or secondary school pupils, to R30.00. Please see the previous post for more details.
This is a call for all SAGA members to renew their membership for 2014 as soon as possible – preferably before 31 January 2014. Please note that membership fees for 2014 have, by recent vote, been increased to R150.00, but discounts have been granted for full time tertiary students, to R75.00, and primary or secondary school pupils, to R30.00. Your renewed membership will be valid for the 2014 calendar year. 2013 memberships will expire on 31 March, however, to take part in tournaments it is required that you are a fully paid up member. Details for how to renew your membership are available on the SAGA general information page (see the section: Joining SAGA/renewing your membership).
New members are also welcome to join for 2014 now. Membership is required for participation in the national tournaments co-ordinated by SAGA (the SA Open, SA Closed, and the quarterly internet tournaments on KGS). Also, only members earn credit points to qualify to represent South Africa at various international tournaments. All members registered on or before 31 January will additionally receive the members-only edition of the AGA newsletter, if they wish (if they do not wish to receive this newsletter, please opt out by mailing). Can all renewing their membership or applying for first time membership please email with their current club, preferred email address and optionally their cellphone number.
Finally, we are working on updating the SAGA credit points list for 2013. In order to receive credit points for 2013, you need to have been a member in 2013. Please check whether your name is listed as a 2013 member on this list, and contact me no later than 15 January if you should be listed, but are not.
Continuing the trend of dan players winning the blitz tournament, despite the event being a full handicap event, Andrew Davies 3d won the tournament with 4 wins out of 5. Sam Scott also had 4 wins, but lost to Andrew in their head to head match. The rest of the field had 3 or fewer wins. We had high hopes for our recent addition, David de Klerk, who is almost certainly stronger than his current 16k, but David lost a few matches on time presumably due to his unfamiliarity with this form of Go. However, he was the only player to beat Andrew Davies.
Due to A Touch Of Madness restaurant reopening (under new management), the Cape Town club has re-relocated back to its old home. While the building is the same, sadly the old staff are not there, but the new staff are very friendly and we once again feel welcomed to our home of so many years.
Place: A Touch Of Madness restaurant, Nuttall Road, Observatory.
Time: 19h00 – late
Players in the Western Cape are hereby notified that we will be holding our annual blitz tournament on Tuesday the 26th of November 2013, at our usual venue of the Touch of Madness. Please make sure you get there before 8pm if you wish to play. There are no entry fees, and the only requirement to play is that you have a stable rank on the SAGA system.
Detailed rules are available, but the basic idea is that the games use absolute time of 12 minutes per side. The games will be played with full handicap, including 10 points of komi per handicap stones if the rank difference exceeds 9 stones.
Can participants please bring sets and, more importantly, clocks!
Recent winners include Andrew Davies (2009 and 2010), Chris Welsh (2011) and Sam Scott (2012). We have to go back to 2008 to find a non-dan winner, that was Ashley Ross, 15k at the time.
Congratulations to John for winning the 4th quarter Internet tournament for 2013. The field was disappointingly small, with only four entries – John Leuner 3d, Andrew Davies 3d, Chris Welsh 1d and Chris Visser 1d. The event was reduced to two rounds, with John and Andrew beating Chris Welsh and Chris Visser respectively. In the 2nd round John beat Andrew, and Chris W prevailed over Chris V (by half a point!)
The four games are below:
A hearty congratulations to Victor “RoseDuke” Chow, who won the 18th Pandanet Cup Internet World Amateur Go Tournament (also the 2013 SportAccord-Pandanet Cup Online Go Tournament) earlier this month! This victory also means he gets an expenses-paid opportunity to observe the World Mind Sports Games in Beijing in December.
In the final, he beat “Cornel” (presumably Cornel Burzo) of Romania. View the tournament table and (a UGI file of) the final game.
Edit: The original post erroneously indicated the prize was an opportunity to participate in, not observe, the WMSG.
The SAGA council is considering changes to the SAGA constitution. These changes are in the discussion phase – if you would like to be a part of the discussion, or just be an observer, please, and I will add you to our discussion mailing list.
These changes are primarily to allow SAGA to register as a public benefit organization, but other changes to streamline SAGA’s processes and reduce administrative overhead are also being discussed. In any case, the proposed changes will be communicated for you to vote on before being accepted.
SAGA Membership Secretary