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May 16th, 2015

Promotion at the Cape Town Club

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.

Posted by Chris Welsh as Cape Town, Rank Changes at 12:01 AM, No Comments »

May 14th, 2015

European Team Championship – update and reviews

In round 10, we drew 2-2 with Lithuania. This leave it all to play for in the final round against Portugal – if we win, we go through to the playoffs.

Victor Chow has been reviewing all the matches, which is not only very useful for the players involved, but all South African players should be able to benefit from the comments that Victor provides. All game reviews have been uploaded to the European Team Championship page for 2014/15

Posted by Chris Welsh as Game Reviews, PGETC at 9:16 AM, No Comments »

May 10th, 2015


The updated notice has now been published, with all the relevant links. Please see it here.

A reminder that the AGM is on Saturday 16 May, on OGS

Please make sure you have an account before then, and join the South African Group (this can be found by clicking the Groups menu item and searching for “South Africa”). On the appointed time go to the Chat menu item, and the South African Group should be available to select on the left hand side.

Posted by Chris Welsh as SAGA at 12:15 PM, No Comments »

May 9th, 2015

Andrew Davies wins Cape Town Open 2015

 Num   Pl   Name   Rank   Co  Club   NbW  R 1  R 2  R 3  MMS SOS SOSOS
Davies Andrew 3D 3 4+/w0 2+/b0 3+/b0 30 85 255
Welsh Chris 2D 2 3+/w0 1-/w0 5+/b0 29 85 255
Rubidge Lloyd 1K 1 2-/b0 5+/w0 1-/w0 28 86 254
Steyn Paul 2K 1 1-/b0 6+/w1 7-/w5 28 84 228
van Niekerk Francois 3K 0 8-/w6 3-/b0 2-/w0 27 84 237
Wells Gordon 6K 2 7+/w3 4-/b1 8+/w3 26 76 217
Maasdorp Christiaan 10K 2 6-/b3 8+/w0 4+/b5 22 67 226
Shea Rory 10K 1 5+/b6 7-/b0 6-/b3 21 66 227

OpenGotha 3.32
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Posted by Chris Welsh as Cape Town, Tournaments at 5:51 PM, No Comments »

April 27th, 2015

AGM Notice 2015

Notice of 2015 SAGA AGM and call for Council nominations

The 2015 Annual General Meeting of the SAGA will be held on Saturday 16th May 2015 at 10am, before the kickoff of the new Winter league event. The event will be held in the South Africa room on OGS. The preliminary agenda will be as follows:

  1. Considering the 2014 minutes for acceptance.
  2. Receipt and consideration of the President’s report for 2014/2015
  3. Adoption of the Financial Statements for 2014
  4. Receipt and consideration of the Treasurer’s report for 2014
  5. Election of new council members (see below)
  6. Matters arising

This notice also serves as a call for nominations for a new SAGA council member to serve from 2015. Francois van Niekerk’s term of office expires in May. Nominations must reach the SAGA secretary ( ) by 8 May 2015: nominations require a proposer and a seconder, and an indication by the nominee that (s)he is willing to serve on the SAGA council. Proposer, seconder, and nominee must all be members of SAGA.

Note – links to the relevant documents will be added to this post as they become available.

Posted by Chris Welsh as SAGA at 8:13 PM, No Comments »

April 14th, 2015

South Africa beats Bulgaria 4-0

In what was certainly our best result of the Pandanet tournament so far, our players pulled off a 4-0 win. This meant we switched places with Bulgaria and are now in 2nd place. If we manage to win our remaining two matches, we will be in the promotion playoffs.

Not only did we have to battle our strong opponents, we had to deal with stage 3 load shedding, so some of our players couldn’t make it on the night. Fortunately, we had strong reserves in place. Congratulations to the players:

Victor Chow
Ben Gale
Andrew Davies
Andre Connell

More details here

Posted by Chris Welsh as PGETC at 11:06 PM, No Comments »

April 9th, 2015

Big prizes at European Go tournament

In what I believe was the largest ever purse at a European go event, this last weekend saw the holding of the first European Grandslam event. This event was open to the four professional EGF players, and the top eight amateurs by EGF rating. Ilya Shikshin 1p won the event and with it 10,000 Euros. There were also significant prizes for the lower places.

The picture shows Ilya receiving his 10,000 Euro cheque.

More photos at the EGF event photo page

Posted by Chris Welsh as EGF, Tournaments at 8:05 AM, No Comments »

April 7th, 2015

SAGA Credit Points for 2014

The SAGA credit point standings at the end of 2014 are now available for download. Also available is a zip file showing the calculations for each entry in the list.

Any errors or omissions must be reported to the Membership Secretary (Paul Steyn) by the 15th of April (one week from tomorrow). If errors are not reported, the current lists will be considered final, barring situations which the SAGA council deems exceptional.

    Notes on calculations:

  • All games for 2014 should have been entered on the ranking system by now
  • The sponsorship level for the WAGC is taken as 50%
  • The sponsorship level for the KPMC is taken as 75%

Posted by Paul Steyn as Announcements at 12:45 AM, No Comments »

March 18th, 2015

South Africa beats Greece 4-0

In what was a good night for South Africa, we beat Greece 4-0. Some of the games were close, and we were perhaps a little fortunate to win, but we’ve certainly had our share of unlucky losses. The other results on the night were very much in our favour, with our main rivals, the UK and Bulgaria, dropping points, which slightly improves our chances of claiming the runner up (playoff) spot. Lithuania have also emerged as a potential rival for a top two spot.

The team on the night was
Andrew Davies
John Leuner
Andre Connell
Lloyd Rubidge

The detailed results with game records are available on the Pandanet site

Posted by Chris Welsh as PGETC at 5:45 PM, No Comments »

February 27th, 2015

South Africa draws 2-2 with Croatia

In a rather disappointing result, we only managed a draw against Croatia. However, the results on the night still leave us with a mathematical chance of claiming the runner up spot, assuming we win all our remaining games 4-0. Unlikely but not impossible.

Full results and game records available:

Posted by Chris Welsh as PGETC at 10:16 AM, No Comments »

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