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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: http://pandanet-igs.com/communities/euroteamchamps/rounds/251#1

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

February 26th, 2015

SAGA Credit Points for 2013

The SAGA credit point standings at the end of 2013 are now available for download. Also available is a zip file showing the calculations for each entry in the list.

Due to several complicating factors, the credit points are very delayed, so note that this is a notice about the 2013 credit points. The 2014 credit points will be released once the 2013 credit points have been finalised.

Any errors or omissions must be reported to the Membership Secretary (Paul Steyn) by the 6th of March (one week from tomorrow). If errors are not reported, the current lists will be considered final, barring situations which the SAGA council deem exceptional.

    Notes on calculations:

  • The sponsorship level for the WAGC is taken as 50%
  • The sponsorship level for the KPMC is taken as 100%

Update: No objections received by the deadline; the credit points are now considered final.

Posted by Paul Steyn as Announcements at 1:56 PM, No Comments »

February 26th, 2015

World Wide Iwamoto Awards 2015

We received the following announcement from Harry van der Krogt of the European Go Center

Announcement of the World Wide Iwamoto Awards 2015

The European Go Centre is happy to announce the World Wide Iwamoto Awards. In succession to the European editions in 2001, 2003, 2007 and 2012, the Iwamoto Awards now go global. Thanks to internet and social media, the world has become smaller, so we think it is time to invite people on a global scale to submit Go promotion projects.
These projects are collected in our public database. With this information everybody who is involved in the promotion of Go can find new ideas and inspiration for their own projects. You can have a look at our website at http://go-centre.nl/wp/home/iwamoto-awards/iwamoto-award-entries to see the submissions of previous editions of the European Iwamoto Awards.
The European Iwamoto Awards were much appreciated by the contributors of the projects, the EGF and the Nihon Ki-in. Therefore we want to extend the project and improve some features.

An international jury, with representatives from all continents will judge the entries. The best project will be awarded € 1.000 , two runners-up will both receive € 500.

You can find all details and the criteria for submitting projects on our website at: http://go-centre.nl/wp/26457/

African candidates are encouraged to submit proposals.

Posted by Chris Welsh as Announcements at 10:37 AM, No Comments »

February 22nd, 2015

Ben Gale wins 2015 First Quarter Internet Tournament

Ben Gale, playing from Korea, won the first quarterly tournament of 2015. The event was held very successfully on the new OGS platform, which allows players to use a web browser to play, instead of requiring a proprietary Java client (KGS).

Full results:

1. Ben Gale
2. Andrew Davies
3. Chris Welsh
4. Peet Brits
5. Christiaan Maasdorp
6. Kim HeJin

Posted by Chris Welsh as Tournaments at 6:21 PM, No Comments »

February 19th, 2015

Please renew your SAGA membership for 2015

This is a call for all SAGA members to renew their membership for 2015 as soon as possible. 2014 memberships will expire on 31 March.

Please note that membership fees for 2015 have been increased to R170.00, 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 2015 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 2015 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 05 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 2013 and 2014. In order to receive credit points for 2013 and/or 2014, you need to have been a member in the relevant year. Please check whether your name is listed as a member on this list, and contact me no later than 26 February if you should be listed, but are not.

Posted by Paul Steyn as Announcements, SAGA at 1:59 AM, No Comments »

February 4th, 2015

South Africa beats Kazakhstan 3-1

Our goal to achieve runner-up spot is still intact after our 3-1 victory against Kazakhstan last night. The load shedding started at the same time as the games, fortunately none of our team were in an impacted area. The results and game records are available here

Posted by Chris Welsh as PGETC at 1:18 PM, No Comments »

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