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August 29th, 2007

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New Members and Promotions at the Cape Town Go Club

The Cape Town club welcomes two new members. First, Manfred Kimmel, a 5k player from Germany, who is visiting Cape Town for an extended period, and secondly, Giuseppe Murray, a new player who has been entered at 30k. In addition, we are also pleased to welcome Gareth Priede, a former Joburg club member.

Congratulations to Trevor Hill, who has been promoted to 15k after last night’s games. Clearly the recent adhoc promotion for Trevor was far too conservative.

Posted by Chris Welsh as Cape Town, New members, Rank Changes at 12:57 AM, No Comments »

August 28th, 2007

In memoriam: Matthew Stallebrass

Go players who attended the Stellenbosch club in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s will remember Matthew Stallebrass as a club member. Matthew studied at Stellenbosch University before going to UWC to study his Masters in Computer Science. However, a blood condition led to him having a number of strokes in his early 20’s.

Matt, who lived in Somerset West, was a determined young man, who was intent on recovering fully from these setbacks and resuming his studies at UWC. Along the way, he bravely returned to the Stellenbosch club to try and pick up his Go playing again.

Matthew passed away earlier this month, on 15 August, ironically the same day that Bernard Broens passed away. I will always remember Matt as a dedicated man, who showed the most amazing spirit and optimism in the face of terribly difficult conditions.

I request that your thoughts and prayers go with the Stallebrass family.

Posted by Steve as News, Stellenbosch at 8:35 AM, No Comments »

August 22nd, 2007

3rd Quarter Internet tournament and SAGA AGM

The 3rd Quarter internet tournament will be held on 1 September 2007. Please let Andre know if you intend participating (aconnell(at) Also during the lunchbreak at the tournament, the SAGA AGM will be held in the South African room on KGS.

Posted by Andre as SAGA, Tournaments at 10:43 AM, No Comments »

August 20th, 2007

Andrew wins 2nd Stellenbosch open

Congratulations to Andrew Davies, who successfully and emphatically defended his title this past weekend. He was the only player with a full score for the day. Reinhardt was unfortunate to meet him in the first round, leading to some unfortune pairing for him. He beat both players below the bar, but his SOS was too low for second place, which was shared by Jaco and Rory. Rory’s second place was thanks to an upset victory over Lloyd, which earned Rory a promotion to 3 kyu.

The only other upset of the tournament was Christina’s victory over Jonathan.

Full results are available in PDF format.

Posted by Steve as Rank Changes, Stellenbosch, Tournaments at 12:24 PM, No Comments »

August 20th, 2007

Bernard Broens’s memorial service

A memorial service for Bernard Broens will be held in Stellenbosch at 15h00 on Thursday, 23 August, in the “Moederkerk” in Drostdy Street. Everyone is welcome to attend the service.

If you need directions, please leave a comment, e-mail me (, or phone me (0844588062).

Posted by Steve as News, Stellenbosch at 8:09 AM, No Comments »

August 17th, 2007

Bernard Broens dies on 24th birthday

It is with great sadness that we take leave of Bernard Broens. Bernard, one of the Stellenbosch club’s best players, and a member of the club committee in the past year, committed suicide on his birthday on Wednesday, by jumping off the Gourits river bridge. At this stage, I have no information on what prompted his action.

I believe I speak for all the club regulars when I say he was a popular and valued player at the club, and that this event causes a great sadness among us. Our deepest condolences also go out to Bernard’s family.

A full article with more details from Die Burger is on

Details on the memorial service are in this post.

Posted by Steve as News, Stellenbosch at 11:15 AM, No Comments »

August 14th, 2007

Stellenbosch Open 2007

Saturday, 18 August 2007

Preliminary programme:
08h30-09h15 : Registration
09h30-12h00 : Round 1
12h00-13h30 : Lunch
13h30-16h00 : Round 2
16h30-19h00 : Round 3
19h15 : Prizegiving

Venue :
Mathematics Department (van der Sterr Building), University of
Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch

Fees :
The registration fee is R10 for SAGA members or players who join SAGA
for 2008 at the tournament, and R20 for other players. Players are
requested to register in advance. Email your name, club and the rank at
which you wish to enter to Rory Beling (

The tournament is open to all players. You will be able pay your SAGA
membership fee for 2008 at the tournament, if you wish: SAGA fees for
2007 were R80/R35/R20 for adults/students/scholars.

Format :
The tournament will be a 3 round MacMahon tournament, with the bar set
at an appropriate level. Time limits will be 1 hour main time per player
plus overtime (byo yomi) of 20 moves in each 5 minute overtime period
(Canadian byo yomi).

Tournament director :
Rory Beling – email:
phone: 084 4091 882

Posted by Rory as Stellenbosch, Tournaments, Western Cape at 10:05 PM, No Comments »

August 14th, 2007

Cape Town ad hoc promotions

Based on input from Chris, Lloyd, and Andrew, ad hoc promotions are on the cards for Mike Cave (to 15k), and Trevor Hill (17k).

If you have any objections to this, please contact Steve by Thursday, 16 August.

Update: due to server problems, I have extended the deadline for objections to Monday, 20 August, 12h00.

Update: Since there were no objections, I have applied the rank changes.

Posted by Steve as Cape Town, News, Rank Changes at 8:16 AM, No Comments »