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The annual Pretoria & Gauteng Blitz handicap tournament will take place on the 23rd of July.
Brett has arranged a dedicated section for us at the Cool Runnings pub in Centurion – the tournament will start at 11am.
All players welcome, bring your quick wits!
The SA Closed competition continued this past weekend (11/12 June) with the Candidates tournament.
12 players competed for 4 entries into the SA Closed Contenders round robin tournament.
The participating players were:
John Leuner, Chris Welsh, Sam Scott, Bob Gale, Lloyd Rubidge, Paul Edwards, Paul Steyn, Francois van Niekerk, James Nicolson, Ben Bredenkamp, Peet Britz and Gordon Wells.
The four players who qualified for the Contenders are:
The SA Closed placement of the remaining players are (assuming no withdrawals from the Contenders):
9-11: Bob Gale, Paul Steyn, Paul Edwards
12: James Nicolson
13-15: Ben Bredenkamp, Gordon Wells, Francois van Niekerk
16: Peet Brits
The Contenders will take place at the end of September, and the qualified participants are:
Victor Chow, Andrew Davies, Welile Gogotshe, Andre Connell, John Leuner, Sam Scott, Chris Welsh, Lloyd Rubidge.
Pandanet (IGS) is hosting their second 13×13 Amateur World Go Championship. Registration is open until June 19, see http://www.pandanet.co.jp/event/13ro_tournament/2nd/index_e.htm for official details. The only requirement to play is having a Pandanet ID, with confirmed rank if you want to enter one of the two classes that use handicap. Entry to the main class does not require a confirmed rank.
I entered the tournament last year and enjoyed it. The format is very relaxed, at least for the preliminary rounds. Players have approximately two weeks to complete at least six 13×13 games in their class room. The games can be played at any convenient time and against anyone available in the room, so the time commitment to complete the required games is very low. Players aiming to make the final rounds should be warned that they may find the time commitment much higher. The preliminary results from last year show that a number of competitors played over 40 games, and one player had 68 wins to just 3 losses. Points are computed by “wins / played + wins * 0.02” so while the ratio of wins to losses has the most significant impact on results, there is a benefit to players who have completed more games.
Overall, I enjoyed the flexible preliminary round structure, the opportunity to enter an international tournament, and the chance to apply my understanding of Go to a smaller board.
Members of the Pretoria go club accepted a challenge from the Joburg go club last night – an evening of simultaneous games where John (3d) and Andre (3d) would play simultaneous handicap games against all comers.
The event was held in the Cool Runnings pub, where there were some live singers on stage, and the pizza and drinks flowed freely. Great fun was had by all, and congratulations go out to Tinus who overcame the odds to win his match. Tinus walked away with a copy of “Go the worlds most fascinating game” and a portable 9×9 set as his reward.
The next event planned will be the Pretoria/Gauteng Handicap Blitz tournament, which will take place in July.
The 2016 Cape Town Open was held on Saturday 14 May, at A Touch of Madness restaurant. Eleven players completed. Congratulations to Andrew Davies who won the tournament and was promoted to 4d. There was a tie for second place between Chris Welsh and Sam Scott. Chris Goosen also secured a promotion, to 14k.
The final standings were as follows:
1 Andrew Davies
2 Sam Scott
4 Paul Steyn
5 Francois van Niekerk
6 Lloyd Rubidge
7 Gordon Wells
8 Michael Rapson
9 Rory Shea
10 Deon Moolman
11 Chris Goosen
Thanks to all for participating!
The Cape Town Open will take place on Saturday 14th May at A Touch Of Madness restaurant, in Observatory, Cape Town. Registration begins 9 am
Andrew Davies, 3d
Sam Scott, 3d
Chris Welsh, 2d
Lloyd Rubidge, 1d
Paul Steyn, 2k
Francois van Niekerk, 3k
Gordon Wells, 7k
Michael Rapson, 9k
Rory Shea, 11k
Deon Moolman, 12k
HeJin Kim, 14k
Chris Goosen, 15k
09:30 Round 1
11:45 Round 2
15:00 Round 3
17:30 “Prize” giving (TBD).
45 minutes each with byo-omi of 25 moves in 10 minutes.
MacMahon system with a suitable bar. 3k suggested (6 above, 6 below), but the TD will have final choice.
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.
The 2016 Gauteng open was held on Sunday 13 March. The event was held at the Kairos school of inquiry, and well attended by players from Johannesburg, Pretoria and Soweto clubs.
Three tough rounds led to the following final standings:
1 Connell Andre
2 Gogotshe Welile
3 Leuner John
4 Nicholson James
5 Edwards Paul
6 Loon Marc
7 Brits Peet
8 Thompson Alan
9 Cloete Tinus
10 Meyer Elizabeth
11 Botha Theuns
13 Mokwena Thabo
Thanks to all for participating!
On Saturday 5 March SAGA took part in the Japanese Consulate of South Africa’s National Japan Day, hosted by the Root 44 Market just outside Stellenbosch. The turnout was excellent, and we were demonstrating the game throughout the day till after the last stalls had packed up. As with UCON and StelCon it was gratifying to see a lot of flyers being taken. Looking forward to the return of new faces to the club meets.
The first quarter tournament of 2016 enjoyed a field of 12 players, a big increase from the six of 2015. Andrew Davies won group 1, and Tinus Cloete won group 2.
1st place: Andrew Davies 3d (3 wins)
2nd place: Andre Connell 3d, Sam Scott 3d, Chris Welsh 2d (2 wins)
5th place: Ben Bredenkamp 2k, Marc Loon 5k, Peet Brits 6k (1 win)
8th place: Gordon Wells 6k
1st place: Tinus Cloete 13k (3 wins)
2nd place: Michael Rapson 9k, Elizabeth Meyer 15k, Chris Goosen 17k (1 win)
There were some rank changes after these results:
Tinus Cloete, promoted to 11k
Elizabeth Meyer, promoted to 14k
Chris Goosen, promoted to 16k
Unfortunately, Michael Rapson was demoted to 10k after having to play some up and coming players at difficult handicaps.