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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 »

October 14th, 2016

Stellenbosch Go Congress: 22 October 2016

Stellenbosch Go players are hosting the first Stellenbosch Go congress on 22 October at the Root44 market on the road between Stellenbosch and Somerset West. The aim is to introduce the game to many new players, provide a reason for active and past Go players and their families to socialize, and, of course, for a little over-the-board competition. The plan is to be there from at least 10am until the market closes (usually around 4pm).

We aim to have pamphlets about the game available for distribution, as well as some Go sets and books about the game for viewing and ordering. (Unfortunately, no actual sales are permitted at the venue, as the organizers are not registered as traders at the market.)

So, whether you actively play, have learned to play before and put it aside, or have just heard about the game and think you might be interested, bring your family to the Root 44 market on 22 October and join us. We’ll be seated at the tables next to the kids playing area.

Note: If you own one or more Go sets, please bring them along – we’d really like to make sure people interested in learning to play aren’t held back by a lack of equipment.

Posted by Gordon Wells as Cape Town, News, Stellenbosch, Uncategorized at 7:07 PM, No Comments »

September 25th, 2016

SA Closed tournament: Contenders 2016 results

The finals of the 2016 SA Closed were held on 23-25 September in Cape Town.

The players participating were:

Andrew Davies 4d
Welile Gogotshe 4d
Andre Connell 3d
Sam Scott 3d
Bob Gale 2d
Chris Welsh 2d
Lloyd Rubidge 1d

The 8th player was Victor Chow 7d, who did not come for the event. The players will play against him online. The results of those games are likely to be formalities.

The over the board games were essentially for second place, but were as keenly contested nonetheless. Two of the players from Johannesburg, Andre and Welile, were a little sick, and they didn’t necessarily show their full strength. Welile, in particular, who was probably the favourite, and certainly achieved the highest result on a number of occasions, only managed to achieve one win this time around.

The final results were

2. Andrew Davies (6 wins)
3. Andre Connell (4 wins)
4. Chris Welsh (4 wins)
5. Sam Scott (3 wins)
6. Lloyd Rubidge (2 wins)
7. Bob Gale (1 win)
8. Welile Gogotshe (1 win)

This means that Andrew, Andre and Chris pre-qualify the Contenders in 2017.

A reminder that the tie breaks are firstly the head to head result, and if that doesn’t work, then position in the previous tournament.

Detailed results

Round 1

Andrew beat Bob
Andre beat Chris
Sam beat Welile

Round 2

Chris beat Welile
Andrew beat Lloyd
Andre beat Sam

Round 3

Andrew beat Sam
Bob beat Welile
Andre beat Lloyd

Round 4

Andrew beat Chris
Lloyd beat Welile
Andre beat Bob

Round 5

Andrew beat Welile
Sam beat Bob
Chris beat Lloyd

Round 6

Andrew beat Andre
Sam beat Lloyd
Chris beat Bob

Round 7

Welile beat Andre
Chris beat Sam
Llloyd beat Bob

Posted by Chris Welsh as SAGA, Tournaments at 6:54 PM, No Comments »

September 3rd, 2016

KPMC 2016

Best of luck to Lloyd Rubidge!, who’ll be representing South Africa at this year’s Korean Prime Minister’s Cup. The competition starts today and goes until September 9.

(if anyone knows of a valid link with live results, please let me know)

Posted by Gordon Wells as Uncategorized at 12:30 PM, No Comments »

August 25th, 2016

StelCon 2016

A reminder that we’ll be at StelCon this coming Saturday. It starts at 9 am and goes until 5 pm.

Venue: Academia Hall (Academia Residence), Bosman road, Stellenbosch

For more details, see here

Posted by Gordon Wells as Uncategorized at 11:11 PM, No Comments »

July 6th, 2016

Pretoria / Gauteng Blitz handicap tournament

The annual Pretoria & Gauteng Blitz handicap tournament will take place on the 23rd of July.

Brett has arranged a dedicated section for us at the Cool Runnings pub in Centurion – the tournament will start at 11am.

All players welcome, bring your quick wits!

Posted by Andre as Joburg, Pretoria, Tournaments at 11:26 AM, No Comments »

June 13th, 2016

SA Closed tournament: Candidates 2016 results

The SA Closed competition continued this past weekend (11/12 June) with the Candidates tournament.

12 players competed for 4 entries into the SA Closed Contenders round robin tournament.

The participating players were:
John Leuner, Chris Welsh, Sam Scott, Bob Gale, Lloyd Rubidge, Paul Edwards, Paul Steyn, Francois van Niekerk, James Nicolson, Ben Bredenkamp, Peet Britz and Gordon Wells.

The four players who qualified for the Contenders are:
John Leuner,
Sam Scott,
Chris Welsh,
Lloyd Rubidge.

The SA Closed placement of the remaining players are (assuming no withdrawals from the Contenders):
9-11: Bob Gale, Paul Steyn, Paul Edwards
12: James Nicolson
13-15: Ben Bredenkamp, Gordon Wells, Francois van Niekerk
16: Peet Brits

The Contenders will take place at the end of September, and the qualified participants are:
Victor Chow, Andrew Davies, Welile Gogotshe, Andre Connell, John Leuner, Sam Scott, Chris Welsh, Lloyd Rubidge.

Posted by Andre as SAGA, Tournaments at 12:07 PM, No Comments »

June 12th, 2016

Pandanet 13×13 Amateur World Go Championship registration open

Pandanet (IGS) is hosting their second 13×13 Amateur World Go Championship. Registration is open until June 19, see http://www.pandanet.co.jp/event/13ro_tournament/2nd/index_e.htm for official details.¬†The only requirement to play is having a Pandanet ID, with confirmed rank if you want to enter one of the two classes that use handicap. Entry to the main class does not require a confirmed rank.

I entered the tournament last year and enjoyed it. The format is very relaxed, at least for the preliminary rounds. Players have approximately two weeks to complete at least six 13×13 games in their class room. The games can be played at any convenient time and against anyone available in the room, so the time commitment to complete the required games is very low.¬†Players aiming to make the final rounds should be warned that they may find the time commitment much higher. The preliminary results from last year show that a number of competitors played over 40 games, and one player had 68 wins to just 3 losses. Points are computed by “wins / played + wins * 0.02” so while the ratio of wins to losses has the most significant impact on results, there is a benefit to players who have completed more games.

Overall, I enjoyed the flexible preliminary round structure, the opportunity to enter an international tournament, and the chance to apply my understanding of Go to a smaller board.

Posted by Michael Rapson as Announcements, Tournaments at 1:41 PM, No Comments »

June 8th, 2016

2016 WAGC

Interview with Andrew Davies, South Africa

Posted by Chris Welsh as WAGC at 7:04 AM, 1 Comment »

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