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July 30th, 2008

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Baduk players in SA!

I have long wondered whether we have a Baduk playing community in South Africa, and last night this was confirmed! At the Pretoria go club, there were three Baduk players of various strengths from the Korean community. The strongest was Mr. Hoon Shim, rated at around 2 gup (probably 4 or 5dan in SAGA rating) and there were also two players of single digit kyu strength, Hany and Grace Lee. SAGA has had a long relationship with Japanese and Chinese go players (e.g. our two strongest players who learnt their go in China) and we’re very happy to welcome the Korean go players into our community too!

Posted by Andre as News, Pretoria at 1:58 PM, No Comments »

July 30th, 2008

Proposed Ad-Hoc promotion

After games and consultations yesterday at the Pretoria Go club, I’m proposing that Anton van Niekerk be ad-hoc promoted to 8kyu. Anton was entered onto the ranking system at 15kyu in 2007, but since then has improved a lot and has had very few of his games entered onto the system. Supporting this promotion is John Leuner. If there are any comments or queries about the promotion, please let me know soon by either replying to this post, or contacting me directly.


Posted by Andre as Pretoria, Rank Changes at 1:48 PM, 2 Comments »

July 27th, 2008

Wiki logins fixed

It seems logging in to and creating accounts for the SAGoClubs wiki has been broken since the server move. I spent some time tracking down the problem today, and the problems should now be fixed. Please let me know if you have any trouble logging in to the wiki.

Posted by Steve as Announcements at 6:07 PM, No Comments »

July 27th, 2008

New SAGA Council

The deadline for nomination of SAGA council members has passed, and three
nominations have been received. Since this is the same as the number of
vacancies, this concludes the election procedure. I’d like to welcome the
following new council members, whose terms will start as of the AGM on 6

Andrew Davies (nominated by Konrad Scheffler; seconded by Chris Welsh)
Steve Kroon (nominated by Konrad Scheffler; seconded by Ben Gale)
Chris Welsh (nominated by Konrad Scheffler; seconded by Andrew Davies)

They will join current council members Ben Gale, Andre Connell and Andries
Kruger, with Sakkie buys and Konrad Scheffler stepping down after having
completed their terms.

Posted by konrad as News, SAGA at 1:34 PM, No Comments »

July 25th, 2008

SA Closed – Contenders – 2008

The contenders will be played at the Westdene recreation centre from the 19’th to the 21’st of September. The tournament format is a 7 round round-robin, with one round being played on the evening of the 19’th, three rounds on the 20’th, and three rounds on the 21’st. Players who have qualified for this tournament are:
Victor Chow (7d), Ben Gale(3d), Julius Paulu(1d), Konrad Scheffler(2d), Andre Connell(1k), John Leuner(1k), Andrew Davies(2d), and Sipho Mampe(1d).

Posted by Andre as SAGA, Tournaments at 11:15 AM, No Comments »

July 24th, 2008

Record sheets available again

Since the website hack, player’s record sheets for the rating system have not been accessible from the player ratings page. I believe I have fixed the problem now, so you should be able to view any players record sheet by clicking on the small yellow folder icon next to their name.

Player graphs are not yet working.

Posted by Steve as Announcements at 5:58 PM, No Comments »

July 24th, 2008


From Leela’s website:

Leela is a new, strong Go playing program combining recent advances in Go programming and further original research into a small, easy to use graphical interface.

Leela lite is a slimmed down version of Leela which omits the 19 x 19 board, the highest playing levels and the analysis mode. This makes it an ideal introduction to the game. It is freely available.

According to Chris Welsh, the free Leela lite version is much stronger than programs like Many Faces of Go and Igowin, and has a far nicer interface. So this may actually be a better program to send beginners to. I know Konrad has given it a try.

So, give it a try, and leave your impressions in a comment…

Posted by Steve as Articles, Links, News at 5:39 PM, 1 Comment »

July 24th, 2008

KPMC representative

Congratulations to Paul Edwards, who has earned the right to represent South Africa at the 2008
Korean Prime Minister’s Cup, being held in Goyang city, Gyeonggi-do, Korea, from November 7 to 12.

Posted by Steve as News, SAGA at 5:13 PM, No Comments »

July 24th, 2008

Korean Prime Minister’s Cup

Paul Edwards will represent South Africa at this event in Goyang city, Gyeonggi-do, Korea.

Posted by Steve as Events at 5:11 PM, No Comments »

July 24th, 2008

World Mind Sports Games

Posted by Steve as Events at 5:08 PM, No Comments »

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