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September 8th, 2017

Korea News

Best of luck to Chris Welsh! Chris will be representing South Africa for the 2017 Korea Prime Minister’s Cup. The competition runs from the 9th to the 15th of September (if anyone knows how to follow the results online, please comment below)

And congratulations to Paul Steyn! Paul has been selected to undergo instructor training, sponsored by the Korea Baduk Association (13th to 22nd November)

Posted by Gordon Wells as Uncategorized at 1:39 PM, No Comments »

July 7th, 2017

Victor Chow’s games from the 2017 Samsung Cup

Victor Chow shares his recent games in the 2017 Samsung Cup, along with some commentary on each one.

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Posted by Chris Welsh as Game records, Game Reviews, Tournaments at 7:17 PM, No Comments »

May 17th, 2017

Burn Go

Dirk and Dirk playing at AfrikaBurn 2017

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Posted by Gordon Wells as Uncategorized at 5:29 PM, No Comments »

May 17th, 2017

2017 Cape Town Open Announced

Date: Saturday, 20th May, 20

Venue: Edison Stone – 49 Bell Crescent, Westlake Business park Google Maps Link

Schedule:
09:00 Registration
09:30 Round 1
11:45 Round 2
14:00 Lunch
15:00 Round 3
17:30 “Prize” giving (TBD)

Time limits: 45 minutes each with byo-yomi of 25 moves in 10 minutes.

Draw: MacMahon system with the bar set by tournament director

Cost: None

Prizes: Winners will be announced in various categories, depending on how many players enter.

The Cape Town Open is open to all players of all strengths. You do not have to be a member of SAGA to play.

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

Tournament director: Michael Rapson

Registered so far (note that you can register on the day):

Andrew Davies 4d
Sam Scott 3d
Chris Welsh 2d
Lloyd Rubidge 1d
Paul Steyn 1k
Francois van Niekerk 3k
Michael Rapson 7k
Deon Moolman 8k
Christiaan Maasdorp 8k
Dariaan Raad ~10k
Tinus Cloete 10k
Martin Berglund (visitor from Sweden, Christiaan?)
Llew Adamson ~20k

Posted by Chris Welsh as Cape Town, Tournaments at 9:57 AM, No Comments »

May 9th, 2017

Game of Go explains zeolite clogging

I’ve often thought the similarities between chemistry and Go deserve more attention

Link

Posted by Gordon Wells as Uncategorized at 4:03 PM, No Comments »

March 12th, 2017

Japan Day 2017 – Blaauwklippen Wine Estate

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Posted by Gordon Wells as Uncategorized at 5:59 PM, No Comments »

January 23rd, 2017

Please renew your SAGA membership for 2017

This is a call for all SAGA members to renew their membership for 2017 as soon as possible. 2016 memberships will expire on 31 March.

Please note that membership fees for 2017 remain the same as for 2016, at 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 2017 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 2017 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 2016. In order to receive credit points for 2016, you need to have been a member in 2016. Please check whether your name is listed as a member on this list, and contact me no later than 06 February if you should be listed, but are not.

Posted by Paul Steyn as Announcements, SAGA at 9:57 PM, No Comments »

January 7th, 2017

The Master game records

For those who don’t yet know, Deepmind’s AlphaGo (aka “The Master”) has notched a string of 60 plus victories against top pros online. This zip file should have most of the recent game records.

Posted by Gordon Wells as Uncategorized at 10:24 PM, No Comments »

November 7th, 2016

European Team Championship 2016/2017 Round Two Game Records

A couple of weeks ago the second round of the Pandanet Go European Team Championship 2016/2017 was played. South Africa, currently in the C League, faced Bulgaria. This time we managed a clean sweep, winning all four games. Andrew has reviewed his game, and Victor has kindly reviewed not only his own game, but Andrew’s review as well.

Original Game Records:
2016-10-25-round-2-board-1-youngpro-roseduke
2016-10-25-round-2-board-2-adavies-feanor
2016-10-25-round-2-board-3-nem-iaznab
2016-10-25-round-2-board-4-sente-semdd

Reviewed game Records:
2016-10-25-round-2-board-1-youngpro-roseduke-reviewed
2016-10-25-round-2-board-2-adavies-feanor-reviewed

Posted by Paul Steyn as EGF, Game records, Game Reviews, SAGA at 12:52 AM, No Comments »

October 24th, 2016

European Team Championship 2016/2017 Round One Game Records

A couple of weeks ago the first round of the Pandanet Go European Team Championship 2016/2017 was played. South Africa, currently in the C League, faced Lithuania, one of the stronger teams in the C League. There were some hard-fought, close games, and we managed a 2-2 result. Both Chris and Andrew have reviewed their games, and Victor has kindly reviewed not only his own game, but their reviews as well.

These games take place on average once every three weeks (schedule here) online on IGS. I have found that watching one or two of the games live gives one a much better feel for the game that really helps one understand the reviews, and this is a good way to help one improve.

Original Game Records:
2016-10-04-round-1-board-1-roseduke-andrius
2016-10-04-round-1-board-2-vladasltu-adavies
2016-10-04-round-1-board-3-iaznab-hurakami
2016-10-04-round-1-board-4-liquid-sente

Reviewed game Records:
2016-10-04-round-1-board-1-roseduke-andrius-reviewed
2016-10-04-round-1-board-2-vladasltu-adavies-reviewed
2016-10-04-round-1-board-4-liquid-sente-reviewed.

Posted by Paul Steyn as EGF, Game records, Game Reviews, SAGA at 10:00 PM, No Comments »

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