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January 25th, 2016

Please renew your SAGA membership for 2016

This is a call for all SAGA members to renew their membership for 2016 as soon as possible. 2015 memberships will expire on 31 March.

Please note that membership fees for 2016 have been increased to R200.00, but discounts have been granted for full time tertiary students, to R100.00, and primary or secondary school pupils, to R50.00. Your renewed membership will be valid for the 2016 calendar year. 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 2016 now. Membership is required for participation in the national tournaments co-ordinated by SAGA (the SA Open, SA Closed, and the quarterly internet or league tournaments on KGS). Also, only members earn credit points to qualify to represent South Africa at various international tournaments. All members who have signed up or renewed before 01 March 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 the membership secretary). Can all renewing their membership or applying for first time membership please email the membership secretary with their current club, preferred email address and optionally their cellphone number.

Finally, we are working on updating the SAGA credit points list for 2015. In order to receive credit points for 2015, you need to have been a member in 2015. Please check whether your name is listed as a member on this list, and contact me no later than 08 February if you should be listed, but are not.

Posted by Paul Steyn as Announcements, SAGA at 3:55 PM, No Comments »

November 28th, 2015

KPMC 2015 Update

Chris Welsh was this year’s South African representative at the KPMC. After an unfortunate series of pairings (15k, 1k, 2 dan, 7 dan and 2×5 dan) he won 2/6 games.

Posted by gwells as KPMC, Tournaments at 9:05 AM, No Comments »

November 9th, 2015

Andrew Davies wins 2015 Stellenbosch Open

Andrew Davies 3d won the 2015 Stellenbosch Open

Detailed results follow

Round 1

 Tble   White   Black   Hd   Res 
1 Scott Sam(3D)  van Niekerk Francois(3K)  1-0 
2 Welsh Chris(2D)  Davies Andrew(3D, )  0-1 
3 Wells Gordon(6K)  Maasdorp Christiaan(8K)  1-0 
4 Moolman Deon(15K)  Rigby Charles(18K)  0-1 

Round 2

 Tble   White   Black   Hd   Res 
1 Davies Andrew(3D)  Scott Sam(3D)  1-0 
2 Welsh Chris(2D)  van Niekerk Francois(3K)  1-0 
3 Wells Gordon(6K)  Moolman Deon(15K)  1-0 
4 Maasdorp Christiaan(8K)  Rigby Charles(18K)  0-1 

Round 3

 Tble   White   Black   Hd   Res 
1 Scott Sam(3D)  Welsh Chris(2D)  0-1 
2 Davies Andrew(3D)  Wells Gordon(6K)  1-0 
3 van Niekerk Francois(3K)  Rigby Charles(18K)  1-0 
4 Maasdorp Christiaan(8K)  Moolman Deon(15K  1-0 

Final Standings

 Num   Pl   Name   Grade   Co   Club   NbW  R 1  R 2  R 3  MMS SOS SOSOS
Davies Andrew 3D 3 2+/b0 3+/w0 5+/w3 34 94 270
Welsh Chris 2D 2 1-/w0 4+/w2 3+/b0 33 96 275
Scott Sam 3D 1 4+/w2 1-/b0 2-/w0 32 97 274
van Niekerk Francois 3K 1 3-/b2 2-/b2 8+/w9 28 84 242
Wells Gordon 6K 2 6+/w0 7+/w8 1-/b3 26 77 212
Maasdorp Christiaan 8K 1 5-/b0 8-/w7 7+/w5 23 67 177
Moolman Deon 15K 0 8-/w1 5-/b8 6-/b5 15 51 193
Rigby Charles 18K 2 7+/b1 6+/b7 4-/b9 14 49 202

Posted by Chris Welsh as Stellenbosch, Tournaments at 3:17 PM, No Comments »

November 5th, 2015

2015 Stellenbosch Open Announced

The 2015 Stellenbosch Open Go Tournament will be held on Sat 7 November.

Venue: LaunchLab, Hammandshand Road, Stellenbosch
Google Maps:Directions

09:00 Registration
09:30 Round 1
11:45 Round 2
14:00 Lunch
15:00 Round 3

Format: The tournament will be a 3 round MacMahon tournament, with the bar set at an appropriate level.

Time limits: 30 minutes each with byo-omi of 25 moves in 8 minutes.

Cost: Free Entry

This tournament is hosted by the Stellenbosch Go club and, for SAGA members, is a qualifying tournament for the annual South African Closed.

Please contact Francois van Niekerk if you would like to register at (registering on the morning is also an option).

The Stellenbosch Open is open to all players of all strengths. You do not have to be a member of SAGA to play. Beginners in particular are encouraged to take part.

Currently registered:

Andrew Davies [3d]
Sam Scott [3d]
Chris Welsh [2d]
Paul Steyn [2k]
Francois van Niekerk [3k]
Gordon Wells [6k]
Christiaan Maasdorp [8k]
Deon Moolman [15k]
Charles Rigby [18k]
Chris Truter [20k]
Sinjin Swanepoel [24k]

Posted by Chris Welsh as Stellenbosch, Tournaments at 11:45 AM, No Comments »

October 25th, 2015

2015 SA Closed Candidates

The 2015 SA Closed Candidates tournament was played at the Kairos School of Inquiry this past weekend. It was won as usual by Victor Chow with the maximum of 7 out of 7 wins. The real battle was for second place, which Andrew Davies took, with five wins.

For those unfamiliar with this event, it is the final stage of the South African Closed. It is a tournament only open to South African players, and qualification for this event takes place a few months earlier, in the South African Candidates tournament. Entry in that event is restricted to the best 16 players from around the country, based on results at regional tournaments.

Detailed results (winner in bold):

Round 1 (Friday)
Victor Chow 7d Bob Gale 2d
Andre Connell 3d John Leuner 3d
Welile Gogotshe 4d Chris Welsh 2d
Sam Scott 3d Andrew Davies 3d

Round 2 (Saturday)
Victor Chow 7d John Leuner 3d
Andre Connell 3d Bob Gale 2d
Welile Gogotshe 4d Andrew Davies 3d
Sam Scott 3d Chris Welsh 2d

Round 3 (Saturday)
Victor Chow 7d Chris Welsh 2d
Andre Connell 3d Andrew Davies 3d
Welile Gogotshe 4d Bob Gale 2d
Sam Scott 3d John Leuner 3d

Round 4 (Saturday)
Victor Chow 7d Andrew Davies 3d
Andre Connell 3d Chris Welsh 2d
Welile Gogotshe 4d John Leuner 3d
Sam Scott 3d Bob Gale 2d

Round 5 (Sunday)
Victor Chow 7d Sam Scott 3d
Andre Connell 3d Welile Gogotshe 4d
Andrew Davies 3d Bob Gale 2d
Chris Welsh 2d John Leuner 3d

Round 6 (Sunday)
Victor Chow 7d Welile Gogotshe 4d
Andre Connell 3d Sam Scott 3d
Andrew Davies 3d John Leuner 3d
Chris Welsh 2d Bob Gale 2d

Round 7 (Sunday)
Victor Chow 7d Andre Connell 3d
Welile Gogotshe 4d Sam Scott 3d
Andrew Davies 3d Chris Welsh 2d
John Leuner 3d Bob Gale 2d

Final placing (tie breakers are the head to head results):

1. Victor Chow 7d (7 wins)
2. Andrew Davies 3d (5 wins)
3. Welile Gogotshe 4d (4 wins)
4. Andre Connell 3d (4 wins)
5. John Leuner 3d (3 wins)
6. Chris Welsh 2d (3 wins)
7. Sam Scott 3d (2 wins)
8. Bob Gale 2d (0 wins)

Posted by Chris Welsh as News, SAGA, Tournaments at 11:47 PM, No Comments »

August 5th, 2015

New shodan, new players at Cape Town Go club

Congratulations to Lloyd Rubidge, who was recently promoted to 1d after good results in the 2015 Winter League tournament.

The Cape Town club also welcomes a bunch new players (some old, some visiting):

Charles Rigby 20k
Gareth Priede 6k
Michael Rapson 10k
Magnus Lordan 2k (a visitor from Germany)
Matthew Cherry 19k

Posted by Chris Welsh as Cape Town, New members, Rank Changes at 8:48 AM, 2 Comments »

July 21st, 2015

2015 Samsung Cup World Division Draw

The draw for the world division has been published. Victor Chow has received a bye into round two

2015 samsung cup world division draw

Posted by Chris Welsh as Tournaments at 2:31 PM, 1 Comment »

July 16th, 2015

2015 Contenders date and location finalized

The contenders stage of the 2015 SA Closed will take place on the weekend of 23-25 October in Johannesburg. A specific venue is still to be decided. The first round match will be on the evening of Friday 23 October, with three matches each on Saturday and Sunday.

The contenders are

Victor Chow
Andre Connell
Welile Gogotshe
Sam Scott
Andrew Davies
Chris Welsh
John Leuner
Bob Gale

Posted by Chris Welsh as SAGA, Tournaments at 6:16 PM, No Comments »

June 28th, 2015

2015 Candidates

This weekend the Candidates stage of the 2015 SA Closed took place. Saturday saw 6 players battle it out, with the top four moving on to Sunday. The top four from Sunday (Andrew Davies, Chris Welsh, John Leuner and Bob Gale) have qualified to take part in the final Contenders stage of the 2015 SA Closed, that will take place later this year.

Candidates results:

1 Andrew Davies
1 Chris Welsh
3 John Leuner
3 Bob Gale
5 Lloyd Rubidge
5 Paul Edwards
5 Paul Steyn
8 Francois van Niekerk
9 Gordon Wells
9 Peet Brits

Posted by Chris Welsh as Tournaments at 9:44 PM, No Comments »

June 24th, 2015

Winter League 2015 results now online

You can easily see up to date situation with the Winter League on google docs. You don’t need a google account to view it. You will probably need to download the file to see all the details, but the web view will give most of the information.

Posted by Chris Welsh as Winter League at 2:27 PM, No Comments »

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