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August 31st, 2008

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I would like to say a big thanks you to all everyone that participated in this years tournament.

We had a great turnout with 20 people taking part and a few others just watching, now for the results:

Congratulations to the following players :

1st Place: Jens Deus
2nd Place: Konrad Scheffler
3rd Place: Andrew Davies

Both Riaan Swart 6k and Stephen Martindale 19k won all 3 their games, well done guys.

Attached is the full results of the tournament:

Posted by Rory as Stellenbosch, Tournaments at 5:47 PM, No Comments »

August 30th, 2008

Rank Changes

Following games at the Pretoria club on Tuesday, Grace Lee has been demoted to 5k, and Gordon Wells has been promoted to 7k.

Posted by Andre as Pretoria, Rank Changes at 12:32 PM, No Comments »

August 29th, 2008

Rank Changes

Following games at the Joburg club at Warfair last night, Fabio Costa has been demoted to 9k.

Posted by Andre as Joburg, Rank Changes at 10:59 AM, No Comments »

August 24th, 2008

3’rd Quarter Internet 2008

The 3’rd quarter internet tournament for 2008 will be held on Saturday the 6’th of September, in the South African room on KGS. Entry is free for SAGA members. If you wish to play, please let Andre know at aconnell(at)cinet(dot)co(dot)za, or reply to one of the mailing list emails.

The annual SAGA AGM will also be held online during the lunch break of the tournament. All are welcome to attend.

Posted by Andre as News, SAGA, Tournaments at 10:00 PM, No Comments »

August 18th, 2008

Rank Change

After games played at the Pretoria club the past couple of weeks, Peter Charter has been promoted to 13k.

Posted by Andre as Pretoria, Rank Changes at 11:17 AM, No Comments »

August 8th, 2008

Game Reviews from EGC2008 (video)

Catalin Taranu is reviewing some of the top games at the 2008 European Go Congress on youtube. These are superb videos that I strongly recommend watching.

The links are all available at HW9x9’s youtube homepage, at HW9x9 Go Videos. However, this page changes often, so I’ve included the links to the review below:

Lesson 1

part 1
part 2
part 3
part 4
part 5
part 6
part 7
part 8

Lesson 2

part 1
part 2
part 3
part 4
part 5
part 6
part 7
part 8
part 9

Lesson 3 – the game between Yu-Cheng Lai 7d(white)from Taiwan and Seok Ui Hong 7d from South Korea. This review has very bad sound quality but was an outstanding game with an excellent review.

part 1
part 2
part 3
part 4
part 5

Posted by Chris Welsh as Game records at 1:57 PM, 2 Comments »

August 6th, 2008

Cape Town Go Club vs Pro

A few members of the Cape Town Go Club recently completed a correspondence game vs Guo Juan (5p). The game took about three months, and many club evenings were spent debating the next move. It was a 3 stone game which was eventually lost by resign in the endgame stage after we realized we were a few points behind and weren’t going to catch up. The sgf is attached.


Posted by Chris Welsh as Game records at 10:13 AM, No Comments »

August 5th, 2008


The Stellenbosch Go Club will be hosting the 2008 Stellenbosch Open Go Tournament.
It is intended to be a qualifying tournament for the 2009 South African Candidates’ Tournament. Players of all level are welcome.

Saturday, 30 August 2008

Preliminary programme:
08h45-09h30 : Registration
09h45 : Round 1 Start
11h45 : Round 2 Start
13h30 : Lunch
14h30 : Round 3 Start
16h45 : 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 ( A late entry fee of R10 will be charged for players registering on the day of the tournament.

The tournament is open to all players. You will be able pay your SAGA membership fee for 2008 at the tournament, if you wish.

Format :
The tournament will be a 3 round MacMahon tournament, with the bar set at an appropriate level. The time limit will be 30 minutes main time and then Canadian byoyomi 25 stones in 8 minutes, which equates to about 19 seconds per move.

Tournament director :
Rory Beling – email:
phone: (Cell) 0844091882

Prizes :
The winner of the tournament will be named the 2008 Stellenbosch Go Champion, and will receive a voucher financed by the registration fees.

Accomodation :
Any players travelling in for the tournament who need accommodation can contact Florian Breuer or Steve Kroon ( – the Stellenbosch Go club would be pleased to try to find you a host.

Players registered so far :
Rory Beling 3k
Chris Welsh 3k
Andrew Davies 1D
Konrad Scheffler 2D
Jonathan Jones 6k
Zhao Rongchun 3k
Riaan Swart 6k
Paul Steyn 18k
Ashley Ross 17k
Lloyd Rubidge 2k
Trevor Hill 13k
Jens Deus 2D

If you are taking part in the tournament, and you have a set (or two), or a clock, please bring them along. Thanks.

Posted by Rory as Announcements, Stellenbosch, Tournaments at 10:45 AM, 2 Comments »

August 1st, 2008

Rank Changes

Following games at the Warfair club last night, Clint Smythe has been promoted to 9 kyu.

Posted by Andre as Joburg, Rank Changes at 2:19 PM, No Comments »