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This weekend the Candidates stage of the 2014 SA Closed took place. Saturday saw 8 players battle it out, with the top four moving on to Sunday. The top four from Sunday (John Leuner, Bob Gale, Andrew Davies and Chris Welsh) have qualified to take part in the final Contenders stage of the 2014 SA Closed, that will take place later this year.
Congratulations to James Nicolson, who was promoted to 2k due to his tournament performance.
SA Closed Results
1-8. To be determined at the Contenders stage.
9-11. Paul Edwards, Lloyd Rubidge, James Nicolson
12. Ben Bredenkamp
13-15. Paul Steyn, Marc Loon, Peet Brits
16. Rory Shea
In the second internet tournament of the year, that took place on Saturday, 10 players were online to participate. Well done to Paul and Peet who, due to their tournament performance, have been promoted to 2k and 9k respectively. After Round 2 the tournament took a break for the SAGA AGM, but once the day was done, Andrew Davies emerged as the overall winner, and Peet Brits as the winner of Group 2. Congratulations to Andrew and Peet!
1. Andrew Davies
2-3. Sam Scott, Paul Steyn
4-5. John Leuner, Chris Welsh
6. Francois van Niekerk
7. Peet Brits
8. Christiaan Maasdorp
9. Elizabeth Meyer
10. Rory Shea
The 2014 Cape Town open was won by Sam Scott 3d, with 3/3 wins. This was his third consecutive title. Second was Andrew Davies 3d, and third was Lloyd Rubidge 1k.
1. Sam Scott 3d
2. Andrew Davies 3d
3. Lloyd Rubidge 1k
4. Chris Welsh 2d
5. Paul Steyn 3k
6. Rory Shea 10k
7. Christiaan Maasdorp 10k
The 2014 Cape Town Open Go Tournament will be held on Sat 10 May.
Venue: “A Touch of Madness” restaurant in Nuttall Road, Observatory.
We are given the venue free of charge, so we encourage players to support them by having lunch and refreshments there.
09:30 Round 1
11:45 Round 2
15:00 Round 3
Time limits: 45 minutes each with byo-omi of 25 moves in 10 minutes.
Cost: Free Entry
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.
Please contact Andrew Davies if you would like to register at andr...@cobham.com
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