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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.
Andrew Davies 3d won the 2015 Stellenbosch Open
Detailed results follow
|1||Scott Sam(3D)||van Niekerk Francois(3K)||2||1-0|
|2||Welsh Chris(2D)||Davies Andrew(3D, )||0||0-1|
|3||Wells Gordon(6K)||Maasdorp Christiaan(8K)||0||1-0|
|4||Moolman Deon(15K)||Rigby Charles(18K)||1||0-1|
|1||Davies Andrew(3D)||Scott Sam(3D)||0||1-0|
|2||Welsh Chris(2D)||van Niekerk Francois(3K)||2||1-0|
|3||Wells Gordon(6K)||Moolman Deon(15K)||8||1-0|
|4||Maasdorp Christiaan(8K)||Rigby Charles(18K)||7||0-1|
|1||Scott Sam(3D)||Welsh Chris(2D)||0||0-1|
|2||Davies Andrew(3D)||Wells Gordon(6K)||3||1-0|
|3||van Niekerk Francois(3K)||Rigby Charles(18K)||9||1-0|
|4||Maasdorp Christiaan(8K)||Moolman Deon(15K||5||1-0|
|Num||Pl||Name||Grade||Co||Club||NbW||R 1||R 2||R 3||MMS||SOS||SOSOS|
|4||4||van Niekerk Francois||3K||1||3-/b2||2-/b2||8+/w9||28||84||242|
The 2015 Stellenbosch Open Go Tournament will be held on Sat 7 November.
Venue: LaunchLab, Hammandshand Road, Stellenbosch
09:30 Round 1
11:45 Round 2
15:00 Round 3
Format: The tournament will be a 3 round MacMahon tournament, with the bar set at an appropriate level.
Time limits: 30 minutes each with byo-omi of 25 moves in 8 minutes.
Cost: Free Entry
This tournament is hosted by the Stellenbosch Go club and, for SAGA members, is a qualifying tournament for the annual South African Closed.
Please contact Francois van Niekerk if you would like to register at firstname.lastname@example.org (registering on the morning is also an option).
The Stellenbosch Open is open to all players of all strengths. You do not have to be a member of SAGA to play. Beginners in particular are encouraged to take part.
Andrew Davies [3d]
Sam Scott [3d]
Chris Welsh [2d]
Paul Steyn [2k]
Francois van Niekerk [3k]
Gordon Wells [6k]
Christiaan Maasdorp [8k]
Deon Moolman [15k]
Charles Rigby [18k]
Chris Truter [20k]
Sinjin Swanepoel [24k]
The 2015 SA Closed Candidates tournament was played at the Kairos School of Inquiry this past weekend. It was won as usual by Victor Chow with the maximum of 7 out of 7 wins. The real battle was for second place, which Andrew Davies took, with five wins.
For those unfamiliar with this event, it is the final stage of the South African Closed. It is a tournament only open to South African players, and qualification for this event takes place a few months earlier, in the South African Candidates tournament. Entry in that event is restricted to the best 16 players from around the country, based on results at regional tournaments.
Detailed results (winner in bold):
|Victor Chow 7d||Bob Gale 2d|
|Andre Connell 3d||John Leuner 3d|
|Welile Gogotshe 4d||Chris Welsh 2d|
|Sam Scott 3d||Andrew Davies 3d|
|Victor Chow 7d||John Leuner 3d|
|Andre Connell 3d||Bob Gale 2d|
|Welile Gogotshe 4d||Andrew Davies 3d|
|Sam Scott 3d||Chris Welsh 2d|
|Victor Chow 7d||Chris Welsh 2d|
|Andre Connell 3d||Andrew Davies 3d|
|Welile Gogotshe 4d||Bob Gale 2d|
|Sam Scott 3d||John Leuner 3d|
|Victor Chow 7d||Andrew Davies 3d|
|Andre Connell 3d||Chris Welsh 2d|
|Welile Gogotshe 4d||John Leuner 3d|
|Sam Scott 3d||Bob Gale 2d|
|Victor Chow 7d||Sam Scott 3d|
|Andre Connell 3d||Welile Gogotshe 4d|
|Andrew Davies 3d||Bob Gale 2d|
|Chris Welsh 2d||John Leuner 3d|
|Victor Chow 7d||Welile Gogotshe 4d|
|Andre Connell 3d||Sam Scott 3d|
|Andrew Davies 3d||John Leuner 3d|
|Chris Welsh 2d||Bob Gale 2d|
|Victor Chow 7d||Andre Connell 3d|
|Welile Gogotshe 4d||Sam Scott 3d|
|Andrew Davies 3d||Chris Welsh 2d|
|John Leuner 3d||Bob Gale 2d|
Final placing (tie breakers are the head to head results):
1. Victor Chow 7d (7 wins)
2. Andrew Davies 3d (5 wins)
3. Welile Gogotshe 4d (4 wins)
4. Andre Connell 3d (4 wins)
5. John Leuner 3d (3 wins)
6. Chris Welsh 2d (3 wins)
7. Sam Scott 3d (2 wins)
8. Bob Gale 2d (0 wins)
Congratulations to Lloyd Rubidge, who was recently promoted to 1d after good results in the 2015 Winter League tournament.
The Cape Town club also welcomes a bunch new players (some old, some visiting):
Charles Rigby 20k
Gareth Priede 6k
Michael Rapson 10k
Magnus Lordan 2k (a visitor from Germany)
Matthew Cherry 19k
The contenders stage of the 2015 SA Closed will take place on the weekend of 23-25 October in Johannesburg. A specific venue is still to be decided. The first round match will be on the evening of Friday 23 October, with three matches each on Saturday and Sunday.
The contenders are
This weekend the Candidates stage of the 2015 SA Closed took place. Saturday saw 6 players battle it out, with the top four moving on to Sunday. The top four from Sunday (Andrew Davies, Chris Welsh, John Leuner and Bob Gale) have qualified to take part in the final Contenders stage of the 2015 SA Closed, that will take place later this year.
1 Andrew Davies
1 Chris Welsh
3 John Leuner
3 Bob Gale
5 Lloyd Rubidge
5 Paul Edwards
5 Paul Steyn
8 Francois van Niekerk
9 Gordon Wells
9 Peet Brits
You can easily see up to date situation with the Winter League on google docs. You don’t need a google account to view it. You will probably need to download the file to see all the details, but the web view will give most of the information.