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August 4th, 2005

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Hugo wins Stellenbosch Second League 2005

A hearty congratulations to Hugo van der Merwe, 16 kyu, who has won the 5-player Stellenbosch second league for 2005. While other positions in the league are not yet finalised, Hugo won all 4 of his games in the round robin tournament to claim the league victory. His victory in the tournament was largely due to his upset win against Christina, who is 5 stones stronger according to the ranking system.

In other news, there have been two promotions at the Cape Town club: Chris Welsh (18k) after a good victory on scratch against Hugo, and Alex Siemers (21k).

We also welcome a new member to the Cape Town club, Henk Hoving (26k). Henk was introduced to the game about 10 years ago by a friend of his in the Netherlands, Martijn van Roermund, who in 1995 represented the Netherlands in the Senior Group of the 12th Youth World Go Championships (with 2 wins there, he outperformed Alexander Dinerstein, who is now leading the European Open). These days, Martijn is rated as a 2-dan. For those not aware of the Dutch Go-playing strength, this places Martijn 57th in the Netherlands (using EGF ratings), and he is currently placed 162nd in the European Open (after Round 7).

Posted by Steve in New members, Rank Changes, Tournaments

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