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December 26th, 2017

Stellenbosch Open 2017, Final Standings

The Stellenbosch Open was held on Saturday 25 November with a smaller field due to end of year business. Nevertheless close games and a fun time were had by all who could attend.

Final Standings:

1. Andrew Davies 4D MMS 28
2. Chris Welsh* 2D MMS 26
3. Michael Rapson 5K MMS 26
4. Francois van Niekerk 4K MMS 26
5. Christiaan Maasdorp 7K MMS 25
6. Martin Berglund 8K MMS 24
7. Alastair Sloan 8K MMS 23
8. Meyer Elizabeth 14K MMS 17

* Chris Welsh had to concede his round one game due to a work conflict.

Posted by Michael Rapson as Stellenbosch, Tournaments at 3:58 AM, No Comments »

December 26th, 2017

Cape Town Open 2017, Final Standings

The 2017 Cape Town Open was held on Saturday 20 May and 14 players took part. The competition was close, with a number of players ending on identical McMahon scores, going to sum-of-score tiebreakers. 3rd and 5th place were particularly close, ending in draws even after tiebreakers.

The full results:

1. Andrew Davies 4D MMS 29
2. Sam Scott 3D MMS 28
3. Chris Welsh 1D and Paul Steyn 1K MMS 28
5. Lloyd Rubidge 1D and Ben Bredenkamp 2K MMS 27
7. Francois van Niekerk 3K MMS 27
8. Riaan Swart 4K MMS 26
9. Michael Rapson 7K MMS 26
10. Deon Moolman 8K MMS 24
11. Christiaan Maasdorp 8K MMS 23
12. Trevor Hill 9K MMS 22
13. Dariaan Raad 10K MMS 21
14. Tinus Cloete 10K MMS 21

Michael Rapson was promoted to 6K after his result in this tournament.

Posted by Michael Rapson as Cape Town, Tournaments at 3:47 AM, No Comments »

December 16th, 2017

SA Closed tournament: Contenders 2017 results

Final Results from the 2017 round robin championships

1. Victor Chow 7d (7 wins)
2. Andrew Davies 4d (6 wins)
3. Andre Connell 3d (4 wins)
4. Chris Welsh 2d (4 wins)
5. Sam Scott 3d (3 wins)
6. Paul Edwards 1d (3 wins)
7. Lloyd Rubidge 1d (1 win)
8. James Nicolson 2k (0 wins)

Victor, Andrew, Andre and Chris automatically qualify for the event next year.

Posted by Chris Welsh as SAGA, Tournaments at 4:17 PM, No Comments »

September 8th, 2017

Korea News

Best of luck to Chris Welsh! Chris will be representing South Africa for the 2017 Korea Prime Minister’s Cup. The competition runs from the 9th to the 15th of September (if anyone knows how to follow the results online, please comment below)

And congratulations to Paul Steyn! Paul has been selected to undergo instructor training, sponsored by the Korea Baduk Association (13th to 22nd November)

Posted by Gordon Wells as Uncategorized at 1:39 PM, No Comments »

July 7th, 2017

Victor Chow’s games from the 2017 Samsung Cup

Victor Chow shares his recent games in the 2017 Samsung Cup, along with some commentary on each one.





Posted by Chris Welsh as Game records, Game Reviews, Tournaments at 7:17 PM, No Comments »

May 17th, 2017

Burn Go

Dirk and Dirk playing at AfrikaBurn 2017


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May 17th, 2017

2017 Cape Town Open Announced

Date: Saturday, 20th May, 20

Venue: Edison Stone – 49 Bell Crescent, Westlake Business park Google Maps Link

09:00 Registration
09:30 Round 1
11:45 Round 2
14:00 Lunch
15:00 Round 3
17:30 “Prize” giving (TBD)

Time limits: 45 minutes each with byo-yomi of 25 moves in 10 minutes.

Draw: MacMahon system with the bar set by tournament director

Cost: None

Prizes: Winners will be announced in various categories, depending on how many players enter.

The Cape Town Open is open to all players of all strengths. You do not have to be a member of SAGA to play.

This tournament is hosted by the Cape Town Go club and, for SAGA members, is a qualifying tournament for the annual South African Closed.

Tournament director: Michael Rapson

Registered so far (note that you can register on the day):

Andrew Davies 4d
Sam Scott 3d
Chris Welsh 2d
Lloyd Rubidge 1d
Paul Steyn 1k
Francois van Niekerk 3k
Michael Rapson 7k
Deon Moolman 8k
Christiaan Maasdorp 8k
Dariaan Raad ~10k
Tinus Cloete 10k
Martin Berglund (visitor from Sweden, Christiaan?)
Llew Adamson ~20k

Posted by Chris Welsh as Cape Town, Tournaments at 9:57 AM, No Comments »

May 9th, 2017

Game of Go explains zeolite clogging

I’ve often thought the similarities between chemistry and Go deserve more attention


Posted by Gordon Wells as Uncategorized at 4:03 PM, No Comments »

March 12th, 2017

Japan Day 2017 – Blaauwklippen Wine Estate









Posted by Gordon Wells as Uncategorized at 5:59 PM, No Comments »

January 23rd, 2017

Please renew your SAGA membership for 2017

This is a call for all SAGA members to renew their membership for 2017 as soon as possible. 2016 memberships will expire on 31 March.

Please note that membership fees for 2017 remain the same as for 2016, at R200.00, but discounts have been granted for full time tertiary students, to R100.00, and primary or secondary school pupils, to R50.00. Your renewed membership will be valid for the 2017 calendar year. 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 2017 now. Membership is required for participation in the national tournaments co-ordinated by SAGA (the SA Open, SA Closed, and the quarterly internet or league tournaments on KGS). Also, only members earn credit points to qualify to represent South Africa at various international tournaments. All members who have signed up or renewed before 01 March 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 the membership secretary). Can all renewing their membership or applying for first time membership please email the membership secretary with their current club, preferred email address and optionally their cellphone number.

Finally, we are working on updating the SAGA credit points list for 2016. In order to receive credit points for 2016, you need to have been a member in 2016. Please check whether your name is listed as a member on this list, and contact me no later than 06 February if you should be listed, but are not.

Posted by Paul Steyn as Announcements, SAGA at 9:57 PM, No Comments »

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