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October 27th, 2006

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DGS game record

Here is a game by two kyu players, David Richfield and Guillaume Binet, with their in-game comments and Konrad Scheffler’s post-hoc analysis.

David vs Guillaume on DGS 2006 oct 25

Posted by daver as Game records, Western Cape at 11:32 AM, 3 Comments »

October 26th, 2006

Proposed ad hoc promotion for Jonah Sack

Joburg Go club logoBased on input from Andre Connell, Bob Gale and Paul Edwards, an ad hoc promotion to 6 kyu for Jonah Sack is intended. If you have complaints or comments, please leave a comment or e-mail me.

Posted by Steve as Joburg, Rank Changes at 3:30 PM, 2 Comments »

October 25th, 2006

Western Cape Closed Final Game 1

The first game of the Western Cape Closed final was played last night – the game hung in the balance for a long time until Lloyd played a “sente” endgame play too early, effectively handing me sente to invade his territory for what turned into a comfortable win. The game record (thanks to Andrew Davies), with some commentary by me, is available here: Western Cape Closed Final 2006 Rd 1 Photos should be added to the gallery soon.

Posted by konrad as Game records, Tournaments, Western Cape at 12:52 PM, 6 Comments »

October 23rd, 2006

Promotions at Stellenbosch Club

The Stellenbosch Fourth Quarter Handicap Tournament was held on 14 October, and was run by Ben Bredenkamp. Congratulations to Louis de Jager, the winner of the event.

Louis also gained a promotion to 14 kyu at the tournament, and in a number of games played after the tournament, Adrian Thom was also promoted, to 13 kyu.

Posted by Steve as Rank Changes, Stellenbosch, Tournaments at 11:40 AM, No Comments »

October 22nd, 2006

WAGC points update

Here is the latest WAGC points update, including games logged on the system by 2006-10-15:

wagc_points_2006_2.zip
recordsheets_2006_2.zip

For more information on what this is about and how it works, go here.

Victor Chow’s 2003 opening balance of 4638 had accumulated to

[[4638 * 0.8 + 700] * 0.8 + 600] * 0.8 + 2480 = 5782

by the end of 2005. This was adjusted to

[[4638 * 1.0 + 700] * 0.8 + 600] * 0.8 + 2480 = 6376

at the start of 2006, in accordance with this SAGA Council decision.

I couldn’t find the results of the following 3rd Quarter Internet Tournament games, so I provisionally assigned losses to all 4 players:

Andrew Davies vs Andre Connell
Jaco Swanepoel vs Rory Beling

Please let me know if this or anything else is incorrect.

Posted by Reinhardt as SAGA at 5:01 PM, No Comments »

October 20th, 2006

Korea Prime Minister’s Cup

Today is the start of the first Korea Prime Minister’s Cup. We’d like to wish the South African representative, Leander Gaum, the best of luck! If anyone knows where to find news of the event, please post it here.

Update: Arrival is today, main tournament starts on Sunday. Information here, or here.

Posted by konrad as News, SAGA, Tournaments at 11:15 AM, 3 Comments »

October 18th, 2006

Stellenbosch Leagues Completed

Congratulations to Steve Kroon for winning the Stellenbosch 1st League , the 2nd league did not produce a winner as there were no games played.

Posted by Rory as Stellenbosch, Tournaments at 1:25 PM, No Comments »

October 18th, 2006

Final: Western Cape Closed

The final stage of this year’s Western Cape Closed will be a best of 3
match between the defending champion (Konrad Scheffler) and the challenger (Lloyd
Rubidge), and will be played over the next few Tuesday nights at meetings
of the Cape Town Go Club. The first game is scheduled for next Tuesday
night (24 Oct), to start around 7.45 or 8pm. Andrew Davies has offered to
record the game, so it should be available for distribution afterwards,
hopefully with commentary. All spectators are welcome.

Posted by konrad as Tournaments, Western Cape at 1:05 PM, No Comments »

October 16th, 2006

New record: Longest title game

Takao Shinji Honinbo increased his lead to 3-1 in his challenge for the title of Meijin last Wednesday and Thursday. His half-point victory over Cho U took 364 moves, and needless to say, involved a number of ko threats. This is the longest game in a title match ever, with the previous record belonging to Sakata Eio and Fujisawa Hosai, when they played a 361-move game in the 6th Judan title match in 1968.

The longest game ever recorded was a 411-move game in the Oteai of 1950.

For more details of other long game records, you can check out this (slightly outdated) article on MindZine, the (now defunct) webzine for mindsports.

For those who want to check out last week’s long games, you can get the .sgf from this page on Mr Kin’s Go News.

Posted by Steve as Links, Pro News at 1:32 PM, No Comments »

October 16th, 2006

Cape Town Blitz Tournament

2006 – Announcement

The Cape Town Go Club is hosting the 2nd annual Blitz Tournament!

Date/Time:
Tuesday November 21, 2006 – 7:30pm

Place:
A Touch of Madness, Observatory

Fees:
No fees are payable. The tournament is open to members of the Cape Town club. Note that it is quite straightforward to become a member of the club: indicate to one of the committe members that you wish to join, or simply register for the tournament and you will automatically become a member. Note that you must be ranked, i.e. have an official SAGC level, in order for the handicapping to be effective.

Format:
The tournament is still to be finalized, but will roughly be as follows:

absolute blitz (no byoyomi) – 12 minutes per side
30 minutes per round
standard handicaps will be applied
5 rounds will be played, with a 6th if required for tiebreaking
a swiss format will be used in order to do the pairing.

Rules
Some salient differences from a normal game

– 4 passes are required to end a game
– pushing the clock constitutes the end of the move (so moves can be taken back)
– removal of more than one stone entitles you to pause the clock
– it is not illegal or unethical to utilize any time advantage you may have

Please see the rules page for further details.

Tournament director:
Chris Welsh – please mail him if you intend to play at quantumf AT schedule7.com

Prizes:
The winner of the tournament will be named the 2006 Cape Town Blitz Champion.

Results:
Since the games will be lightning games, they will not count as ranked games.

More information is available on the tournament page

Posted by Chris Welsh as Cape Town, Tournaments at 11:19 AM, No Comments »

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