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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.
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
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.
At the conclusion of the 2015 WAGC, Andrew Davies finished 39th, with three wins out of eight. Interestingly, he was seeded 39th. On the last day, he lost to Spain 3d and beat Portugal 2k. The full table of results can be found here. This year the tournament was split into a number of MacMahon groups, which explains why Cyprus with 5 wins ended up 38th, while Japan with 5 wins ended up 5th. It’s not clear who was in which group, although one can probably deduce it by subtracting the number of wins from the score to see the starting score for each player. Players in higher groups would have a higher starting score.
The SA team beat Portugal 4-0 last night. Congrats to the players:
After this result, we secured a playoff against Switzerland. The winner of the playoff will progress to League B.
Details and game records here.
Congratulations to Christiaan Maasdorp who has broken into the SDK ranks. He was promoted to 9k after his good performance at the Cape Town Open last weekend.
Edit: he was promoted to 8k shortly afterwards after good results in the Winter League. Congrats!