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January 25th, 2008

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Credit points for 2007

The SAGA credit points have been updated for 2007, and the top 2 players, who are likely to represent South Africa after the update, are Konrad Scheffler, on 9023 points, and Ben Gale, who, despite representing South Africa in Korea last year, amassed 6735 points.

The calculations for each player, and a full list of the current credit points, are attached. Please verify your information and get back to us as soon as possible. This is especially urgent if the changes will impact who represents South Africa in Japan and Korea this year.

Attached files: wagc_points.txt – Current credit point list, – calculations for each player.

Posted by Steve as News, SAGA at 6:56 PM, No Comments »

January 24th, 2008

New dan member, promotion at the Cape Town Club

The Cape Town club is pleased to welcome Susumu Sawada 5d. Congratulations also to Trevor Hill who was promoted to 14k.

Posted by Chris Welsh as Cape Town, Rank Changes at 3:21 PM, No Comments »

January 23rd, 2008

New Go club opening on Thursday

Paul Edwards recently passed the following message on to the JoburgGo mailing list, from Fabio:

You are invited to the opening of a new GO club at a dedicated gaming venue.

Please come and join us on THURSDAY 24th JANUARY 2008 at Warfair gaming venue and
every Thursday from then on.

address: 35 Langerman Drive, Kensington (near Eastgate shopping centre).

Time: 7pm.

Secure parking as well as a canteen on site. Boards and stones will be provided.
Come and have a look and have a few games!

If you require more details or for directions, please contact me,
Fabio 082-431-2242.

Posted by Steve as Joburg, News at 7:57 AM, No Comments »

January 16th, 2008

Konrad Scheffler – 2 dan

Congratulations to Konrad Scheffler, who has finally and deservedly attained 2dan on the South African ranking system. In the decisive game, Konrad had the misfortune and pressure of knowing that a win would give him the necessary index points, but fortunately, his opponent (Mannfred Kimmel, 5k) was not aware of this fact. The game was extremely close and Konrad came within a whisker of losing on time more than once. Ultimately Konrad prevailed in the tense battle by 6.5 points and was duly promoted.

When asked about why his promotion to to 2dan had taken so long, and the relatively swift promotion after his extended break from go while in the USA in 2007, Konrad replied that the arrival of Aketa-sensei had helped everyone tremendously, but the kyu players in particular, and that it took a long time for the ranking system to reflect their actual development. This may have thus had a delaying effect in the promotion of the highest ranked players. Fortunately, it seems that with the recent promotion of Andrew Davies to 1dan, and now Konrad’s promotion, the situation is being resolved. Regarding his good form after his return from the USA, Konrad replied that he already had a reasonably high index before leaving for the USA (about 800, in fact), and that once he had gotten the rustiness out of his system, he had been confident that he would be able to attain the 2dan target reasonably quickly, and so it proved.

When Konrad was asked whether he could never go back to 1dan, Konrad replied that in the not so distant past he had been demoted to 1k. This was in the 2005 SA contenders, when he lost in the first round to Welile Gogotshe (1d). Ironically, Konrad actually had a very good tournament, which included victories over Ben Gale (3d) and two other 1d players. Shortly after the tournament Konrad again beat Ben Gale and was promoted back to 1dan, spending about a month as a 1kyu.

Posted by Chris Welsh as Cape Town, Rank Changes, Western Cape at 9:50 AM, 1 Comment »

January 14th, 2008

2008 SA Open and African Oza

The 4th African Oza and 16th South African open is to be held in Cape Town on the 9th and 10th of February. Constantly updating information can be found at 4th African Oza and 16th South African Open

Posted by Chris Welsh as SAGA, Tournaments at 11:57 AM, 3 Comments »

January 10th, 2008


Hi folks.

The blog platform this site runs on, as well as the gallery, has been upgraded. Please let me know of any problems or nuisances you encounter on the site.

Posted by Steve as Announcements at 5:35 PM, No Comments »

January 7th, 2008

2007 games for credit points

I am busy calculating credit points for 2007, and to do this we need all the games played by the end of 2007 to be logged on the ranking system. So:

– all players, the onus is on you to check that all your games have been logged, and to followup with your local game logger if they have not yet appeared.

– game loggers, please log all games for 2007 by 15 January 2007, or let us know if there are any problems/results pending.

Games not entered by this date will be disregarded for credit points purposes, barring exceptional circumstances.

Posted by akruger as News at 11:28 AM, No Comments »

January 7th, 2008

The pro who plays like (a little) like Victor

Gan Siyang (Chinese name 甘思阳) is a professional player who, around 2005, started playing unconventional openings. 6-4, tengen, 6-4, for instance, or opening on 8-8. Naturally, this leads to fascinating and unusual games. After struggling to find some more of his games, someone has posted a collection of about 25 of his games onto The collection (and a picture) can be found here.

Note that these sgf files still contain Chinese characters so it may not be that clear what is going on. Gan Siyang is the one with the strange opening moves!

Posted by Chris Welsh as Game records, Links, Pro News at 8:31 AM, 1 Comment »

January 3rd, 2008

Reinhardt has left the building

We wish Reinhardt Messerschmidt all the best as he embarks on a new career with AXA in Bristol, England, this year. Reinhardt certainly made his mark on the Western Cape Go scene when he arrived here, and his presence will be missed at the upcoming tournaments in Cape Town and Stellenbosch.

Reinhardt left the following farewell message on the Cape Town and Stellenbosch mailing lists in December 2007:

Hi everyone

You may or may not have noticed my absence from the last two internet
tournaments. The reason for this is that I have been busy making
arrangements to move to the UK. I will be working for a company called
AXA in Bristol from January, so this is goodbye for the foreseeable

Thank you all for the many hours of free time you have helped me kill
over the last 3 years, it has been great fun.


Posted by Steve as Cape Town, News, Stellenbosch at 2:11 PM, No Comments »