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On Saturday the 2014 Rengo tournament took place, and three pairs participated this year. After three rounds, Victor and Aki emerged as the only pair to win all their games. Congratulations to Victor and Aki for winning the tournament.
1. Victor Chow & Aki Zhou (2 wins)
2. John Leuner & Andre Connell (1 win)
3. Gordon Wells & Gerrit Kapp (0 wins)
Those who looked carefully might have noticed that a link to the SAGA President’s report for 2013/2014 was not included in the AGM notice. The report is now available on the SAGoClubs wiki, and gives a nice overview of Go activities in South Africa over the past year.
Our friend and teacher from Japan, Aketa Katsuyuki, has sent the following message on behalf of Maeda Ryo 6p, which is about a three week Summer training camp in Osaka later this year:
Dear Go friends,
This is Maeda Ryo 6p of Kansai-Kiin Japan.
I have been attending the US Go congress for the past 13 years.
Since last year, we started to hold an annual Osaka Go camp in Japan.
There were 32 participants from 12 countries in 2013.
The Go camp in 2014 will be from June 29th to July 19th .
We have league games in the mornings and full teaching programs in the
afternoons by professional players every day. The teaching programs will
be in English.
On holidays, we will also organize some day trips to places like Osaka
city, Kyoto, Nara, and a two day trip to Hiroshima and Innoshima (Honinbo
Shusaku Igo Memorial Museum), see our website:
The 2014 Osaka Go camp is also mentioned in the AGA Go E-journal:
If you are interested, please introduce this event to your country of Go
I promise that everyone can improve quite a lot through the camp and
will have a lot of fun!
Looking forward to seeing you in Osaka!
I am sad to pass on this news from Lloyd Rubidge:
I am very sad to report that Sally’s body was found in her home on Friday night after friends and neighbours alerted the police that she had not been seen since Tuesday.
Many of you knew Sally Gross. She had a keen interest in Go for many, many years, and played when she could at A Touch of Madness, until her health problems made that too difficult for her.
She was a bright and caring person, and lived a full and varied life.
Rest in peace, Sally.
In the first internet tournament of the year, that took place on Sunday 26 January, 11 players were online to participate. Congratulations to Andrew, who emerged as the overall winner.
1. Andrew Davies
2-4. Chris Welsh, John Leuner, Sam Scott
5-7. Andre Connell, Paul Steyn, Dave Gale
8. Rory Shea
9. Peet Brits
10. Hendrik de Ridder
11. Elizabeth Meyer
This is the second call for all SAGA members to renew their membership for 2014 as soon as possible – preferably before 31 January 2014. 2013 memberships will expire on 31 March, however, to take part in tournaments it is required that you are a fully paid up member. Please note that membership fees for 2014 have, by recent vote, been increased to R150.00, but discounts have been granted for full time tertiary students, to R75.00, and primary or secondary school pupils, to R30.00. Please see the previous post for more details.
This is a call for all SAGA members to renew their membership for 2014 as soon as possible – preferably before 31 January 2014. Please note that membership fees for 2014 have, by recent vote, been increased to R150.00, but discounts have been granted for full time tertiary students, to R75.00, and primary or secondary school pupils, to R30.00. Your renewed membership will be valid for the 2014 calendar year. 2013 memberships will expire on 31 March, however, to take part in tournaments it is required that you are a fully paid up member. 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 2014 now. Membership is required for participation in the national tournaments co-ordinated by SAGA (the SA Open, SA Closed, and the quarterly internet tournaments on KGS). Also, only members earn credit points to qualify to represent South Africa at various international tournaments. All members registered on or before 31 January 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). Can all renewing their membership or applying for first time membership please email with their current club, preferred email address and optionally their cellphone number.
Finally, we are working on updating the SAGA credit points list for 2013. In order to receive credit points for 2013, you need to have been a member in 2013. Please check whether your name is listed as a 2013 member on this list, and contact me no later than 15 January if you should be listed, but are not.
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