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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 »

February 18th, 2016

2016 first quarter Internet Tournament

This is a call for entries for 1st internet tournament of 2016, taking place this Saturday, 20 Feb. More players are welcome. Please let us know if you’d like to play (or be on-line in good time on the day). If you have not used OGS before – please ensure that you are set-up correctly before 9:00am (preferably the day before).

Date: Sat 20 Feb
Time: 09:00 (Tournament Registration)
Place: OGS in the South African Group
Tournament director: Chris Welsh

It will follow the usual format:

Each group will have 8 players (except the lowest rated group) 45min each per game with 25/10 Canadian byo-yomi
3 games, first one starting at 09:15, 2nd at 11:45, 3rd at 14:00
2 games will be played before lunch

This tournament is intended for SAGA members only. Please make sure your membership for 2016 is paid up.

Registered participants:

Andrew Davies, 3d
Andre Connell, 3d
Sam Scott, 3d
Chris Welsh, 2d
Ben Bredenkamp, 2k
Peet Brits, 6k
Gordon Wells, 6k
Michael Rapson, 9k
Tinus Cloete, 13k
Elizabeth Meyer, 15k
Chris Goosen, 17k

Posted by Chris Welsh as Tournaments at 4:39 PM, No Comments »

January 25th, 2016

Please renew your SAGA membership for 2016

This is a call for all SAGA members to renew their membership for 2016 as soon as possible. 2015 memberships will expire on 31 March.

Please note that membership fees for 2016 have been increased to 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 2016 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 2016 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 2015. In order to receive credit points for 2015, you need to have been a member in 2015. Please check whether your name is listed as a member on this list, and contact me no later than 08 February if you should be listed, but are not.

Posted by Paul Steyn as Announcements, SAGA at 3:55 PM, No Comments »

November 28th, 2015

KPMC 2015 Update

Chris Welsh was this year’s South African representative at the KPMC. After an unfortunate series of pairings (15k, 1k, 2 dan, 7 dan and 2×5 dan) he won 2/6 games.

Posted by Gordon Wells as KPMC, Tournaments at 9:05 AM, No Comments »

November 9th, 2015

Andrew Davies wins 2015 Stellenbosch Open

Andrew Davies 3d won the 2015 Stellenbosch Open

Detailed results follow

Round 1

 Tble   White   Black   Hd   Res 
1 Scott Sam(3D)  van Niekerk Francois(3K)  1-0 
2 Welsh Chris(2D)  Davies Andrew(3D, )  0-1 
3 Wells Gordon(6K)  Maasdorp Christiaan(8K)  1-0 
4 Moolman Deon(15K)  Rigby Charles(18K)  0-1 

Round 2

 Tble   White   Black   Hd   Res 
1 Davies Andrew(3D)  Scott Sam(3D)  1-0 
2 Welsh Chris(2D)  van Niekerk Francois(3K)  1-0 
3 Wells Gordon(6K)  Moolman Deon(15K)  1-0 
4 Maasdorp Christiaan(8K)  Rigby Charles(18K)  0-1 

Round 3

 Tble   White   Black   Hd   Res 
1 Scott Sam(3D)  Welsh Chris(2D)  0-1 
2 Davies Andrew(3D)  Wells Gordon(6K)  1-0 
3 van Niekerk Francois(3K)  Rigby Charles(18K)  1-0 
4 Maasdorp Christiaan(8K)  Moolman Deon(15K  1-0 

Final Standings

 Num   Pl   Name   Grade   Co   Club   NbW  R 1  R 2  R 3  MMS SOS SOSOS
Davies Andrew 3D 3 2+/b0 3+/w0 5+/w3 34 94 270
Welsh Chris 2D 2 1-/w0 4+/w2 3+/b0 33 96 275
Scott Sam 3D 1 4+/w2 1-/b0 2-/w0 32 97 274
van Niekerk Francois 3K 1 3-/b2 2-/b2 8+/w9 28 84 242
Wells Gordon 6K 2 6+/w0 7+/w8 1-/b3 26 77 212
Maasdorp Christiaan 8K 1 5-/b0 8-/w7 7+/w5 23 67 177
Moolman Deon 15K 0 8-/w1 5-/b8 6-/b5 15 51 193
Rigby Charles 18K 2 7+/b1 6+/b7 4-/b9 14 49 202

Posted by Chris Welsh as Stellenbosch, Tournaments at 3:17 PM, No Comments »

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