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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.
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SAGA now has an official Facebook page.
While this blog site remains the primary platform for sharing news and events, we feel having a Facebook page might help spread knowledge and awareness of Go in South Africa in general and SAGA in particular. In addition, Facebook offers some excellent tools for connecting people.
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After five rounds Steve is 2/5
In round 4 he defeated Zhe Fan Mah 2d of Brunei. As the game was drawing to a close, he was 10-15 points behind, but found an excellent sequence of moves to exploit some corner aji and forced his opponent to resign. The game is attached below.
In round 5 he lost to Erik Ouchterlony 4d of Sweden. South African players with a keen memory may recall that Victor Chow lost to Erik, then a 3d, a few years ago at the WAGC.
More information from the KPMC, including some pictures, is available at the Official SAGA Facebook page
After day one at the KPMC, Steve is 1/3. He won his first game against Philippines, then had the dubious pleasure of being paired against Ilya shikshin 7d of Russia. In round 3, he was paired against Kevin Prist 3d of Belgium, which he also lost.
Steve Kroon, the South African representative at the 2013 KPMC, writes:
First round pairing is out, tomorrow morning I play Celeste Abat (5k) of the Philippines (she’s secretary-general of their go association, and one of the two – I think – female participants).