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March 12th, 2017

Japan Day 2017 – Blaauwklippen Wine Estate

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Posted by Gordon Wells as Uncategorized at 5:59 PM, No Comments »

January 23rd, 2017

Please renew your SAGA membership for 2017

This is a call for all SAGA members to renew their membership for 2017 as soon as possible. 2016 memberships will expire on 31 March.

Please note that membership fees for 2017 remain the same as for 2016, at 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 2017 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 2017 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 2016. In order to receive credit points for 2016, you need to have been a member in 2016. Please check whether your name is listed as a member on this list, and contact me no later than 06 February if you should be listed, but are not.

Posted by Paul Steyn as Announcements, SAGA at 9:57 PM, No Comments »

January 7th, 2017

The Master game records

For those who don’t yet know, Deepmind’s AlphaGo (aka “The Master”) has notched a string of 60 plus victories against top pros online. This zip file should have most of the recent game records.

Posted by Gordon Wells as Uncategorized at 10:24 PM, No Comments »

November 7th, 2016

European Team Championship 2016/2017 Round Two Game Records

A couple of weeks ago the second round of the Pandanet Go European Team Championship 2016/2017 was played. South Africa, currently in the C League, faced Bulgaria. This time we managed a clean sweep, winning all four games. Andrew has reviewed his game, and Victor has kindly reviewed not only his own game, but Andrew’s review as well.

Original Game Records:
2016-10-25-round-2-board-1-youngpro-roseduke
2016-10-25-round-2-board-2-adavies-feanor
2016-10-25-round-2-board-3-nem-iaznab
2016-10-25-round-2-board-4-sente-semdd

Reviewed game Records:
2016-10-25-round-2-board-1-youngpro-roseduke-reviewed
2016-10-25-round-2-board-2-adavies-feanor-reviewed

Posted by Paul Steyn as EGF, Game records, Game Reviews, SAGA at 12:52 AM, No Comments »

October 24th, 2016

European Team Championship 2016/2017 Round One Game Records

A couple of weeks ago the first round of the Pandanet Go European Team Championship 2016/2017 was played. South Africa, currently in the C League, faced Lithuania, one of the stronger teams in the C League. There were some hard-fought, close games, and we managed a 2-2 result. Both Chris and Andrew have reviewed their games, and Victor has kindly reviewed not only his own game, but their reviews as well.

These games take place on average once every three weeks (schedule here) online on IGS. I have found that watching one or two of the games live gives one a much better feel for the game that really helps one understand the reviews, and this is a good way to help one improve.

Original Game Records:
2016-10-04-round-1-board-1-roseduke-andrius
2016-10-04-round-1-board-2-vladasltu-adavies
2016-10-04-round-1-board-3-iaznab-hurakami
2016-10-04-round-1-board-4-liquid-sente

Reviewed game Records:
2016-10-04-round-1-board-1-roseduke-andrius-reviewed
2016-10-04-round-1-board-2-vladasltu-adavies-reviewed
2016-10-04-round-1-board-4-liquid-sente-reviewed.

Posted by Paul Steyn as EGF, Game records, Game Reviews, SAGA at 10:00 PM, No Comments »

October 14th, 2016

Stellenbosch Go Congress: 22 October 2016

Stellenbosch Go players are hosting the first Stellenbosch Go congress on 22 October at the Root44 market on the road between Stellenbosch and Somerset West. The aim is to introduce the game to many new players, provide a reason for active and past Go players and their families to socialize, and, of course, for a little over-the-board competition. The plan is to be there from at least 10am until the market closes (usually around 4pm).

We aim to have pamphlets about the game available for distribution, as well as some Go sets and books about the game for viewing and ordering. (Unfortunately, no actual sales are permitted at the venue, as the organizers are not registered as traders at the market.)

So, whether you actively play, have learned to play before and put it aside, or have just heard about the game and think you might be interested, bring your family to the Root 44 market on 22 October and join us. We’ll be seated at the tables next to the kids playing area.

Note: If you own one or more Go sets, please bring them along – we’d really like to make sure people interested in learning to play aren’t held back by a lack of equipment.

Posted by Gordon Wells as Cape Town, News, Stellenbosch, Uncategorized at 7:07 PM, No Comments »

September 25th, 2016

SA Closed tournament: Contenders 2016 results

The finals of the 2016 SA Closed were held on 23-25 September in Cape Town.

The players participating were:

Andrew Davies 4d
Welile Gogotshe 4d
Andre Connell 3d
Sam Scott 3d
Bob Gale 2d
Chris Welsh 2d
Lloyd Rubidge 1d

The 8th player was Victor Chow 7d, who did not come for the event. The players will play against him online. The results of those games are likely to be formalities.

*Update. Victor won all seven games and is the 2016 Champion.

The over the board games were essentially for second place, but were as keenly contested nonetheless. Two of the players from Johannesburg, Andre and Welile, were a little sick, and they didn’t necessarily show their full strength. Welile, in particular, who was probably the favourite, and certainly achieved the highest result on a number of occasions, only managed to achieve one win this time around.

The final results were

1. Victor Chow (7 wins)
2. Andrew Davies (6 wins)
3. Andre Connell (4 wins)
4. Chris Welsh (4 wins)
5. Sam Scott (3 wins)
6. Lloyd Rubidge (2 wins)
7. Bob Gale (1 win)
8. Welile Gogotshe (1 win)

This means that Victor, Andrew, Andre and Chris pre-qualify the Contenders in 2017.

A reminder that the tie breaks are firstly the head to head result, and if that doesn’t work, then position in the previous tournament.

Detailed results

Round 1

Andrew beat Bob
Andre beat Chris sgf
Sam beat Welile sgf

Round 2

Chris beat Welile sgf
Andrew beat Lloyd
Andre beat Sam

Round 3

Andrew beat Sam sgf
Bob beat Welile sgf
Andre beat Lloyd sgfe

Round 4

Andrew beat Chris sgf
Lloyd beat Welile sgf
Andre beat Bob sgf

Round 5

Andrew beat Welile
Sam beat Bob
Chris beat Lloyd sgf

Round 6

Andrew beat Andre
Sam beat Lloyd
Chris beat Bob

Round 7

Welile beat Andre
Chris beat Sam sgf
Lloyd beat Bob

Posted by Chris Welsh as SAGA, Tournaments at 6:54 PM, No Comments »

September 3rd, 2016

KPMC 2016

Best of luck to Lloyd Rubidge!, who’ll be representing South Africa at this year’s Korean Prime Minister’s Cup. The competition starts today and goes until September 9.

(if anyone knows of a valid link with live results, please let me know)

Posted by Gordon Wells as Uncategorized at 12:30 PM, No Comments »

August 25th, 2016

StelCon 2016

A reminder that we’ll be at StelCon this coming Saturday. It starts at 9 am and goes until 5 pm.

Venue: Academia Hall (Academia Residence), Bosman road, Stellenbosch

For more details, see here

Posted by Gordon Wells as Uncategorized at 11:11 PM, No Comments »

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 »

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