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May 27th, 2005

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Ben’s game vs Cesar Sanchez Munoz available for download

You can download Ben’s 5th round WAGC game against the Spaniard, Cesar Sanchez Munoz, here.

Pieter Mioch also interviewed Cesar (who is a manga and anime specialist by profession) in his series on the WAGC, and is pictured above with him. Click here to read the interview. The interview goes on to discuss his game against Ben, which Ben won by 5.5 points.

More games from the event are available from

(Photo courtesy of Pieter Mioch and WAGC event photographers).

Posted by Steve as Game records, News, Pro News, Tournaments at 3:41 PM, No Comments »

May 27th, 2005

Ben Gale finishes 30th with 4 wins out of 8

After losing to the New Zealand representative in Round 7, Ben was drawn to play Mamy Rakotoarisoa of Madagascar in the final round. Ben posted a victory, and with a good sum of opponents scores ended in the top half of the field: 30th of 65 participating countries.

Ben wrote earlier today: “After some very erratic play I managed to finish up with four wins out of eight, not sure of final position but I am happy. I will try to send a more details with some game commentary etc after I return to SA in a few days time.”

We look forward to it, Ben, and congratulations on a good performance.

In other news from the tournament, Germany, U.S.A. and Canada were the only Western countries to make the top 10, with Germany’s Franz-Josef Dickhut taking 5th from Japan’s Yasuro Kikuchi. The top 3 positions were taken by China, North Korea and Chinese Taipei, respectively. A noteworthy achievement by the winner, Yu Qing Hu, is that his last 6 games of his 8 out of 8 streak were against the players finally occupying positions 2 through 7.

The other 2 countries from Africa, Morocco and Madagascar, finished 39th and 49th (4 and 3 victories).

Finally, for those interested in Cornel’s performance, he scored 5 out of 8 to finish 24th.

Posted by Steve as News, Pro News, Tournaments at 2:56 PM, No Comments »

May 27th, 2005

Registration for Stb 9×9 tournament open

The Stellenbosch 9×9 tournament will take place on Thursday, 23 June, from 19h00 at the club’s regular meeting place in the Neelsie. The tournament is free to SAGA members, and costs R5 for all non-members. Players of all strength are welcome. For more information on the tournament and registration, click here.

Posted by Steve as Tournaments at 11:22 AM, No Comments »

May 27th, 2005

2nd Quarter Handicap Tournament completed

Last night saw the completion of the Second Quarter Handicap Tournament: Daniel forfeited his game against Reinhardt, and Hugo beat Rory to claim second place in the tournament. The final standings are available here.

The handicap tournament typically identifies players which are underranked at the club, so it is good to see that both the first and second placed players have improved their ranks over the course of the quarter.

Posted by Steve as Tournaments at 10:38 AM, No Comments »

May 27th, 2005

New ranks and Stb club members

First off, we’d like to welcome Louis de Jager, a new player, to the Stellenbosch club. After this week’s games, the following players’ local ranks changed: Adrian (24k), Hennie (22k), Jan-Jan (9k), and Jaco Swanepoel (6k).

Posted by Steve as New members, Rank Changes at 9:58 AM, No Comments »

May 26th, 2005

Ben loses in Round 6, up against New Zealand in Round 7

Ben lost his 6th round game against Tae Won Jo of DPR Korea, but his position in the tournament has actually improved following his defeat. This is in the main due to the strength of his opponents, notably Jo (DPR Korea) and Kikuchi (Japan), both currently in the top 5.

Interestingly Kikuchi, who won the tournament in 1992, is now 75, and showed serious signs of fatigue in previous championships – this makes his 5 out of 6 record (only loss to Yu Qing Hu, the representative from China) all the more impressive. Kikuchi has regularly taken on and beaten professional players, his most recent upset being against a 7-dan at age 73. He also established the Ryokusei Academy, and as such has been a teacher for a number of later professionals, including Yamashita Keigo and others.

The top 5 positions are now being held by the traditional Go superpowers: China, DPR Korea, Taipei, Korea, and Japan. Hong Kong and Vietnam are also in the top 10, while Germany, Czechia and USA are the only Western Countries slugging it out at the top.

Ben’s next opponent is from a country South Africans are more at home being rivals with: New Zealand. Roman Pozaroszczyk, currently placed 41st, but also with 3 wins, will be representing the All Blacks.

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May 26th, 2005

Gale-Paiz game

Ben’s second round World Amateur Go Champs game against Hector Paiz of Guatemala can be downloaded here. For more game records from the tournament, you can visit

Posted by Steve as Game records at 3:41 PM, No Comments »

May 26th, 2005

Round 6: Ben vs Jo

My previous post on the positions in the WAGC was incorrect, based on an unfinished version on the Nihon Ki-in’s website. The post has been corrected – click here to see the correct version.

Ben has been drawn to play Tae Won Jo, the representative of the People’s Republic of Korea, in Round 6. Jo is currently placed 3rd in the Tournament. The game is probably over by now, but the results of the games are not yet available.

Posted by Steve as News, Pro News, Tournaments at 12:00 PM, No Comments »

May 26th, 2005

Get your games commented as you play on Dragon Go Server

Dragon Go Server

“The Go Teacher” is willing to accept games against opponents 12 kyu or weaker on the Dragon Go Server, and comment on your game as it plays out. This Dragon Sensei service is provided by a number of players, who comment on your last move each time they play the next move. All moves played are by higher ranked opponents.

For more details, check out how the system works in the explanation on Sensei’s Library. This is a great opportunity for players who use DGS in any case, and probably quite worthwhile if you didn’t before.

You can alse register as a Dragon Sensei teacher. Hopefully as the number of teachers increase, the quality of the opponents accepted will be able to improve beyond 12 kyu.

Posted by Steve as News at 9:54 AM, No Comments »

May 26th, 2005

SAGA stock in Western Cape

Andrew Davies stocks books and equipment on behalf of SAGA for sale in the Western Cape. SAGA sells books and equipment in Gauteng directly. For more information in this regard, e-mail the SAGA treasurer. If you are from elsewhere in the country, you can buy from either region by electronic transfer as long as you arrange for someone to receive the goods there – SAGA may be willing to post equipment to you if you cover the postage cost as well.

There are Go sets for sale, and a number of the books on the SAGA pricelist. Note that boards and stones can be bought separately, and that there is a discount on all items for SAGA members.

Western Cape stock (2 November 2015):

Contact info: Andrew Davies: e-mail

Details on the sets for sale: Folding boards and glass stones in plastic bowls are available seperately.

Korean boards @ R180 each (R160 for SAGA members) and sets of Korean stones @ R180 each (R160 for SAGA members)


G2 Basic Techniques of Go (2 copies, of which 1 signed)
K10 In the Beginning (2 copies)
K11 38 Basic Joseki (1 copy)
K12 Tesuji
K13 Life and Death
K14 Attack and Defense
K15 The Endgame (1 copy)
K17 Kage’s Secret Chronicles of Handicap Go
K21 Dictionary of Basic Joseki Volume 1
K22 Dictionary of Basic Joseki Volume 2
K23 Dictionary of Basic Joseki Volume 3
K26 The Direction of Play (3 copies)
K31 The Second Book of Go
K36 Opening Theory Made Easy (2 copies)
K45 Positional Judgment
K46 Graded Go Problems Vol 1
K47 Graded Go Problems Vol 2
K48 Graded Go Problems Vol 3
K50 GO: A Complete Introduction to the Game (6 copies)
K51 Get Strong at the Opening (2 copies)
K52 Get Strong at Joseki 1 (3 copies)
K53 Get Strong at Joseki 2 (3 copies)
K54 Get Strong at Joseki 3 (3 copies)
K55 Get Strong at Invading
K57 Get Strong at the Endgame
K58 Get Strong at Life and Death
K59 Get Strong at Handicap Go (3 copies)
K60 Get Strong at Attacking
K69 Cosmic Go
K70 The World of Chinese Go
K74 501 Tesuji Problems
PP1 Tournament Go 1992
Y20 Lectures on Go Techniques
PAY24 Strategic Fundamentals In Go
Y25 Art of Capturing Stones
PAY27 Galactic Go Vol 1
PAY32 Galactic Go Vol 2 (marked as PAY27 on book’s spine)

Notes: Prior to January 2013, Steve Kroon handled sale of stock in the Western Cape. In Gauteng, stock sales have generally been managed by the SAGA treasurer.

Posted by Steve as News, Western Cape at 9:26 AM, No Comments »

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