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September 30th, 2006

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Portfolio elections

Hi all,

The new Stellenbosch council has concluded it’s portfolio elections for the new term.

* Jaco Swanepoel – President, Equipment, Web Page, Media
* Rory Beling – Secretary, Tournaments, Library
* Bernard Broens – Treasurer, Ranking System, New Players

For more detail on the portfolio responsibilities visit

Posted by Jaco Swanepoel as News, Stellenbosch at 5:33 PM, No Comments »

September 29th, 2006

New Stellenbosch Go club committee

Yesterday night was the Stellenbosch club’s annual general meeting and prizegiving. Attendance was dismal, with only 5 people actually attending the meeting.

A change to the consitution was made unanimously, modifying the quorum for general meetings from 30% of the club membership to 5 people, so we just made quorum for the rest of the meeting.

The committee size was also reduced from 5 to 3. Steve Kroon, Florian Breuer and Andries Kruger stepped down from the committee, while Bernard Broens joined Jaco Swanepoel and Rory Beling to form the committee for 2006/2007.

Congratulations and good luck to the new committee for the coming year. For those wishing to liaise with the club, the new club president is Jaco Swanepoel.

Posted by Steve as News, Stellenbosch at 10:55 AM, No Comments »

September 28th, 2006

1 Promotion, 1 Demotion from SA Contenders

Cheng Lai’s good performance in the SA Contenders’ has earned him a promotion to 3d, and about time, many will say. A hearty congratulations to him.

On the other hand, Paul Edwards suffered a poor result in the SA Contenders, and as a result has been demoted to 1 kyu.

Posted by Steve as Joburg, Pretoria, Rank Changes, SAGA, Tournaments at 2:00 PM, No Comments »

September 28th, 2006

2006 SA Closed results

The 2006 Contenders tournament was held this past weekend, with the results as follows:
1st – Victor Chow on 7/7
2nd – Ben Gale on 6/7
3rd – Cheng Lai on 5/7
4th – Konrad Scheffler on 4/7
5th – Welile Gogotshe on 3/7
6th – Sipho Mampe on 2/7
7th – Julius Paulu on 1/7
8th – Paul Edwards on 0/7

Congratulations to Victor Chow on his tournament win!

Posted by Andre as SAGA, Tournaments at 1:16 AM, No Comments »

September 27th, 2006

KZN Tourney brings rating system to over 200 players

These 8 players took part in a mini-tournament held in the Westville Library over the long weekend. The tournament was arranged by Peter Charter, and seems to have been quite a success, with plans for followup tournaments and perhaps later a Kwazulu-Natal Open.

Francis Parker won the tournament with 3 wins, followed by Ethan, Paul and Peter on 2 wins. It was a kind of Swiss tournament: initial ranks were estimated, and then adjusted up and down a stone after each match, depending on the results.

The results were used to estimate ranks for the players on the national rating system, where they have now been added. This addition marks a milestone for the rating system, which now ranks over 200 players.

As a result, we welcome Francis (7k), Ethan (17k), Paul (15k), Julian (19k), Zane (18k), Kyle (20k), and Duncan (21k) to the national rating system, and congratulate Ethan and Kyle, who have also been promoted to 16k and 19k respectively.

Details should appear on a tournament page shortly.

Posted by Steve as New members, News, Rank Changes, Tournaments at 11:13 AM, No Comments »

September 22nd, 2006

Change on site

I’ve modified the main blog so only the first two articles show up completely on the main page. This is to address 2 issues. The first is that it will hopefully be less bewildering for new visitors, since the orientation post now stands out a little more, and secondly, it reduces unnecessary traffic, since posts are re-downloaded less often for regular visitors, and because of the post categorization, infrequent visitors can visit just the posts of interest to them.

Post authors: please note that categorization of your posts is now much more important than before.

Posted by Steve as Announcements at 7:59 AM, 3 Comments »

September 22nd, 2006

Adrian demoted

After last night’s club games, Adrian Thom has been demoted to 14 kyu.

Posted by Steve as Rank Changes, Stellenbosch at 7:43 AM, No Comments »

September 20th, 2006

Statistics Update

Anyone looking at the current statistics would not be surprised by Chris Visser’s recent promotion to 1 dan. Over the last year, Chris is the #2 player in terms of win/loss ratio, but more importantly, has combined it with great consistency playing as both black AND white – he is #3 on the list of best players as black (winning 70% of his games), and #4 on the list of best players as white (winning 80% of his games). For someone as highly ranked as Chris already is, this is an astounding run of form.

Posted by Chris Welsh as News at 1:27 PM, No Comments »

September 20th, 2006

Promotions at the Cape Town Go Club

Congratulations to Steven Dawson and Dawid Marincowitz, promoted to 17k and 29k respectively.

Posted by Chris Welsh as Cape Town, Rank Changes at 1:19 PM, No Comments »

September 20th, 2006

Shuitao heads for Seattle

Shuitao Fan writes:

Dear Go friends,

I am leaving South Africa and going to USA to work this Friday ( Cape Town -> Amsterdam -> Seattle ) , so I won’t be able to take part in the league anymore. Sorry I should have sent a message earlier but this has completely slipped my mind in the past few months.

Thank you for the great games, I really enjoy the time here. I can see you people are doing a great job to promote go and I give my best wishes to your efforts! I wish I would come back here some day and meet you at the go club.


Our best wishes go with you in this new chapter of your life, Shuitao.

Posted by Steve as News, Western Cape at 7:32 AM, No Comments »

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