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The 4th Quarter Internet Tournament took place on Saturday. There were seven players, with Max and Chris only joining for the first two and last rounds respectively. The players were fairly diverse in terms of strength, so some games were replaced with teaching games. After the three rounds, Andrew emerged as the overall winner of the day. This means that this year Andrew has won all four of the internet tournaments. Well done to Andrew!
1. Andrew Davies
2-3. Max Rabkin (only played rounds 1 and 2), Peet Brits
4-5. Christiaan Maasdorp, Rory Shea
6-7. Elizabeth Meyer, Chris Welsh (only played round 3)
Victor Chow was, as usual, the winner of the 2014 SA Closed event, held recently in Johannesburg. The real battle is for second place, and this year, Andre Connell, showing impressive form, reeled off six straight victories (ignoring the game against Victor) to comfortably secure the runner up position. Welile Gogotshe came third.
The top three players, plus John Leuner in fourth place, automatically qualify for the event next year.
1. Victor Chow 7d – 7 wins
2. Andre Connell 2d – 6 wins
3. Welile Gogotshe 3d – 4 wins
4. John Leuner 3d – 3 wins
5. Sam Scott 3d – 3 wins
6. Bob Gale 2d – 2 wins
7. Andrew Davies 3d – 2 wins
8. Chris Welsh 2d – 1 win
Congratulations to Welile Gogotshe, who was promoted to 4d during the tournament. Andre Connell just missed out on his promotion to 3d, despite his good sequence of results.
Our first round match against Spain ended in a 2-2 draw. Victor Chow was kind enough to review the games.
Andre Connell finished in 36th place, a creditable result considering he had been seeded 43rd. He finished with two wins out of six, over Mongolia 1d and Luxembourg 3k, with defeats to South Korea 7d, Denmark 4d, Belarus 1d and Sweden 3d.
Note: the previous report incorrectly stated that Andre played his second round match against China – it was against South Korea.
At the halfway stage of the 2014 Korean Prime Minster’s Cup, the South African representative Andre Connell (2D) is on 1/3 wins. He won his first round match against the 1D from Mongolia, but was drawn against China in the second round. In the third round he lost out to the 4D from Denmark.
The 3rd Quarter Internet Tournament took place today. The 7 players were fairly diverse in terms of strength, with some games being replaced with teaching games. After the three rounds Andrew emerged as the overall winner of the day. Well done to Andrew!
1. Andrew Davies
2-4. John Leuner, Chris Welsh, Gordon Wells
5-7. Peet Brits, Hendrik de Ridder, Elizabeth Meyer
This weekend the Candidates stage of the 2014 SA Closed took place. Saturday saw 8 players battle it out, with the top four moving on to Sunday. The top four from Sunday (John Leuner, Bob Gale, Andrew Davies and Chris Welsh) have qualified to take part in the final Contenders stage of the 2014 SA Closed, that will take place later this year.
Congratulations to James Nicolson, who was promoted to 2k due to his tournament performance.
SA Closed Results
1-8. To be determined at the Contenders stage.
9-11. Paul Edwards, Lloyd Rubidge, James Nicolson
12. Ben Bredenkamp
13-15. Paul Steyn, Marc Loon, Peet Brits
16. Rory Shea
In the second internet tournament of the year, that took place on Saturday, 10 players were online to participate. Well done to Paul and Peet who, due to their tournament performance, have been promoted to 2k and 9k respectively. After Round 2 the tournament took a break for the SAGA AGM, but once the day was done, Andrew Davies emerged as the overall winner, and Peet Brits as the winner of Group 2. Congratulations to Andrew and Peet!
1. Andrew Davies
2-3. Sam Scott, Paul Steyn
4-5. John Leuner, Chris Welsh
6. Francois van Niekerk
7. Peet Brits
8. Christiaan Maasdorp
9. Elizabeth Meyer
10. Rory Shea