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July 6th, 2016

Pretoria / Gauteng Blitz handicap tournament

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!

Posted by Andre as Joburg, Pretoria, Tournaments at 11:26 AM, No Comments »

June 13th, 2016

SA Closed tournament: Candidates 2016 results

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:
John Leuner,
Sam Scott,
Chris Welsh,
Lloyd Rubidge.

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.

Posted by Andre as SAGA, Tournaments at 12:07 PM, No Comments »

June 12th, 2016

Pandanet 13×13 Amateur World Go Championship registration open

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.

Posted by Michael Rapson as Announcements, Tournaments at 1:41 PM, No Comments »

June 8th, 2016

2016 WAGC

Interview with Andrew Davies, South Africa

Posted by Chris Welsh as WAGC at 7:04 AM, 1 Comment »

May 26th, 2016

Pretoria club – Simultaneous challenge

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.

Posted by Andre as Events, Joburg, Pretoria at 11:24 AM, No Comments »

May 16th, 2016

Cape Town Open 2016, Final Standings

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
Chris Welsh
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!

Posted by Michael Rapson as Cape Town, Rank Changes, Stellenbosch, Tournaments at 9:41 PM, No Comments »

May 11th, 2016

Cape Town Open 2016

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

Currently registered:
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

Schedule:
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-omi of 25 moves in 10 minutes.

Draw:
MacMahon system with a suitable bar. 3k suggested (6 above, 6 below), but the TD will have final choice.

Cost:
None

Prizes:
None

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.

Posted by Gordon Wells as Uncategorized at 5:50 PM, No Comments »

March 14th, 2016

Gauteng open 2016

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
Gita Sechaba
13 Mokwena Thabo

Thanks to all for participating!

Posted by Andre as Joburg, Pretoria, SAGA, Tournaments at 9:49 AM, No Comments »

March 6th, 2016

Japan Day – Root 44

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.

Posted by Gordon Wells as Cape Town, Gallery, Stellenbosch at 4:24 PM, 1 Comment »

February 25th, 2016

Andrew Davies wins 1st Quarter Tournament of 2016

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.

Full Results

Group 1:

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

Group 2:

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.

Posted by Chris Welsh as Rank Changes, Tournaments at 11:37 PM, No Comments »

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