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March 30th, 2005

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2nd Game of LG final

The 2nd game of the LG final took place today, Playing white, Cho U (9p) of Japan won by 1,5 point, thus the 5-game series has reduced to a 3-game series.

The next three games will be played in Seoul in late April.

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March 30th, 2005

Empty Board

Just found William Cobb’s Empty Board articles on Go and philosophy (mostly Buddhist).

Anyway, Cobb, in an article entitled Schrodinger’s Go Stone (published in American Go Journal XXXV, 2, Spring 2001), takes on quantum mechanics and go moves:

“Classical physics assumed that reality has a definite, determinate character, and all that was needed was a way to observe it accurately. Modern physics knows, or at least suspects, that that is not the way it is. This is no surprise to go players.

“Both the world and the game of go are open ended processes whose constituent parts cannot be precisely delineated so as to make possible precise predictions of outcomes. So when you make that shoulder hit, no one can say that it is definitely a good or a bad play. We can only talk about probabilities. Whether it is good or bad cannot be known until the game ends.”

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March 29th, 2005

JHB’s Library

The JHB Go Club has a new librarian, Marc Loon. Please contact him with all library related issues and suggestions.

Current Titles: A) Fighting Ko, B) Handicap Go, C) Graded Go Problems Vol. 1, D) In the Beginning, E) Basic Techniques of Go, F) Life & Death, G) The Girl Who Played Go, and H) 1001 Life and Death Problems.

Posted by tristen as News at 11:31 AM, No Comments »

March 29th, 2005

LG Cup final – Game 1

Victor passed me this info over the weekend:

In the final, Yu Bin of China is playing Cho U (also playing in the IGS Rapid Champs) of Japan – both players are 9-dan professionals.

In the first game, Cho U resigned on move 213, foreseeing a 1.5 point loss.

Posted by Steve as News at 11:09 AM, No Comments »

March 29th, 2005

Jaco Swanepoel wins First Quarter Handicap Tournament

Last week the First Quarter Handicap Tournament was completed. Congratulations to Jaco Swanepoel on winning the tournament, and also to Riaan Swart and Ben Bredenkamp for taking 2nd and 3rd places respectively. The final standings and the tournament file is available here.

Posted by Steve as News, Tournaments at 10:50 AM, 1 Comment »

March 29th, 2005

Game Records

If you want your game commented and you’re a SA player 10-kyu or weaker, I’ll comment on it, especially if you are from the Western Cape. Please send it through to me, Tristen Taylor, in a .sgf file. For those who don’t know me, I’m a 1-kyu player at JHB Club.

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March 29th, 2005

New members and new ranks

We welcome Graham Muller to the Stellenbosch Club, and David (surname unknown) has also been added to the ranking system. After the last week’s games, new Western Cape ranks are Adrian 29k, Hanno 21k, and Rory 12k.

Posted by Steve as New members, Rank Changes at 9:21 AM, No Comments »

March 24th, 2005

Equipment news

The Korean Go boards and stones for sale are now being sold seperately. Both the boards, and the stones cost R60 each. SAGA members receive a R5 discount.

I’ve added the SAGA Pricelist for March 2005 to the menu.

On a related note, we have transport lined up for books from SAGA in April, so if you want to buy books, check out the pricelist, let me know what you want, and even if you can’t buy something in April but are considering buying something later in the year, let me know. (You can just leave a comment on this post, or mail me.)

Posted by Steve as News at 9:46 AM, No Comments »

March 24th, 2005

SAGA Council elections status

In the light of an objection by Chris Visser to Victor Chow’s nomination, the SAGA council met last Wednesday, and as a result of their meeting, they have declared Victor’s nomination invalid. They further stated that as a result, no postal ballot will be held, and Sakkie Buys, Leander Gaum and Konrad Scheffler have automatically been elected to the next council.

I have challenged Victor’s disqualification as unconstitutional, and am still waiting for a response from SAGA. Hopefully, this issue will be addressed quickly, as time for a postal ballot is starting to run low.

For full details on the grounds for disqualification, for the SAGA council’s minority view, and for my challenge, see the recent posts on the SAGA mailing list.

Posted by Steve as News at 9:24 AM, No Comments »

March 22nd, 2005

Stb Handicap: Steve vs David

Another game record – this is me playing against David in the 3rd round of our First Quarter Handicap Tournament in Stellenbosch on 1 handicap. I’m fishing for a high-kyu someone to comment it, but maybe it will be instructive to weaker players even without comments. Click here for the game record.

Update: Many thanks to Thomas Chaboud, a French 3-dan studying under Fan Hui, 2p, for commenting the game. His commented version can be downloaded here.

Posted by Steve as Game records at 4:37 PM, 1 Comment »

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