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September 29th, 2008

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Pretoria Open 2008 blitz

Hi everyone,

The Pretoria Open this past weekend was a fun tournament – held in the usual club venue, the Java Cafe in Lynnwood drive. Before the tournament a couple of exhibition games were played between Victor Chow and Hoon Shim, two of the strongest players in the country, which drew quite a crowd and revved up the fighting spirit of the spectators.

The tournament itself started in earnest soon after, and was held in the format of a 9 round, round-robin handicap blitz tournament. Each player received 10 minutes absolute time a side, and many games went down to the wire with lots of frantic reading and clock slapping. Two players ended the day on 8 wins out of 9, Andre Connell and Hoon Shim, with Andre winning a tight game between them on time, and hence being declared the winner. John Leuner finished third on 7 out of 9, engineering a fighting win by killing a huge group of Andre’s while behind, but losing to Hoon and also Gerrit Kapp to spoil his chances of a 3-way draw for first.

The tournament was a lot of fun, and a big success. Thanks to everyone for participating!

Posted by Andre as Pretoria, Tournaments at 9:56 AM, No Comments »

September 25th, 2008

SA Closed Finals – the Contenders 2008

Hi all,

The SA Closed championships concluded this past weekend with the 2008 Contenders – the 8 strongest qualifiers participating in a gruelling 3 day round-robin competition to determine the SA Champion. The spoils went to the victor, in this case Victor Chow who was the only unbeaten player at the event. Full results are as follows:

1 – Victor Chow
2 – Konrad Scheffler
3 – Ben Gale
4 – Andrew Davies
5 – John Leuner
6 – Welile Gogotshe
7 – Andre Connell
8 – Sipho Mampe

The top 4 placings automatically qualify for the Contenders 2009, and positions 5-8 automatically qualify for the final day of the Candidates 2009.

See everyone again next year!

Posted by Andre as News, SAGA, Tournaments at 9:32 PM, 2 Comments »

September 25th, 2008

Pretoria tournament on Saturday; Julius’ funeral also on Saturday

Hi all,
There was a memorial service for Julius Paulu yesterday in Dobsonville, Soweto.  It was very moving, and Julius will be fondly remembered by many people.  Julius Paulu’s funeral will be on Saturday.  If anyone wants to know more details, you can contact myself, Ben or any of the Soweto go players for more information.
Also this Saturday there will be the first Pretoria Open for a long time.  If anyone is interested in going, I will be travelling to Pretoria from Bedfordview on Saturday morning if you’re looking for a lift.  Give me a call on 082 393 4917.

Posted by Andre as Joburg, News, Pretoria, Soweto, Tournaments at 5:34 PM, No Comments »

September 22nd, 2008

Player stats and player graphs working

I’m glad to report that the player summaries linked from the player ratings page are working again, as well as the player’s rating graphs.  These player summaries can be accessed by clicking on the graph icon next to the player’s name on the player ratings page (see menu on the left sidebar).

Posted by Steve as Announcements at 9:45 PM, No Comments »

September 22nd, 2008

Player statistics back online

After a lengthy absence due to to ongoing problems with the database, the Player Statistics are finally back. Take a look and see whether you’re one of the current stars of the SA go scene.

Posted by Chris Welsh as Announcements at 3:32 PM, No Comments »

September 22nd, 2008

Stellenbosch promotion

Congratulations to Florian Breuer, who has broken through his 2-year barrier at 6k, being promoted to 5k after a win against Jonathan Jones last Thursday.

Posted by Steve as Rank Changes, Stellenbosch at 7:59 AM, No Comments »

September 22nd, 2008

Website modifications

This weekend, the gallery and wiki were upgraded to fix various bugs and security issues. Certain plugins were also upgraded to address some strange behaviour.

One longtime issue on the site has been the broken search functionality. I seem to have gotten this working, but at the expense of the calendar (code in the calendar plugin somehow breaks the search function – I’m looking into it).

We’re also a major step closer to getting the player ratings statistics back on line.

Any you may have noticed the long-lost sticky post at the top of the blog is back.

Please keep sending me bug reports.

Posted by Steve as Announcements at 1:06 AM, 3 Comments »

September 21st, 2008

Toyota-Denso World Oza update

Those following the 2008 World Oza probably noticed Yang Shi-hai in the lineup, without any news of Victor’s result as the African representative.

The news is that Victor was drawn to play the winner of the game between Yang Shi-hai 9p of Hong Kong, the rest-of-Asia representative, and Joanne Missingham 1p, the Oceanian teenager who passed the Chinese pro exam earlier this year. Yang defeated Joanne, and then Victor also lost.

Unfortunately, the spread of the news was delayed by Victor’s visit to China during the Olympic games, where security procedures restricted his email access.

Posted by Steve as SAGA, Tournaments at 3:15 PM, No Comments »

September 21st, 2008

Modification to WMSG team

Julius Paulu’s death last week came just before his second opportunity to represent South Africa as a Go player. In 2006, Julius attended the WAGC and did well to achieve 3 victories. Next month, Julius would have represented South Africa in Pair Go with Carle Joubert at the World Mind Sports Games in Beijing.

As a result of his death, another candidate had to be selected to replace him. Since he obtained the position based on the results of the 2007 SA Closed, the people placed behind him were approached. Cheng Lai, who placed fourth (Julius was third last year), was unable to attend, and as a result, Konrad Scheffler (who placed fifth) has been selected as Carle’s new teammate. We wish them and the rest of the South African WMSG team the best of luck.

Posted by Steve as News, SAGA, Tournaments at 3:04 PM, No Comments »

September 21st, 2008

The death of Julius Paulu

The following is reposted from the SAGA mailing list, sent by Ben Gale on 16 September:

Hello everyone

It is with regret that I must bring you this news. Julius Paulu, one of the longest-standing and most-loved members of the South African go community, died last night when he was shot in a hijacking. He was 24 years old. He leaves behind his mother, younger daughter and girlfriend of five years.

When I first started to become friends with Julius, he was somewhere around the beginning of high school. He lived with his family in a small shack. His dream was to get a job so that he could look after his family and they could move out into their own house. But he had no electricity and could hardly study. He woke up every day at 4am so he could walk the 6km to school because he did not have the money for a taxi. He worked tirelessly. In 2001, we were happy to learn that Julius had achieved something that hardly anyone from his school had ever achieved – university admission. Yesterday, he was working as a cost accountant, and was due to complete his BCom at the end of the year. He was achieving his dreams. And we know he would have achieved so much more.

Even when things were not going his way, he always had time to look after other people. Children saw him as a father figure, while adults were taken aback by his manners, charm and good nature. He radiated positivity everywhere he went. There was never a dull moment with him around – he always had a laugh to share with everybody. He was a good friend to so many of us.

We can all learn so much from him.

** A funeral service will be held, but the details are not yet finalised (it will probably be held next week). Anybody interested in attending the funeral can contact Sipho Mampe on 0847807820. Otherwise, you can speak to me – I will be in regular contact with Sipho.

Posted by Steve as News, SAGA, Soweto at 2:54 PM, No Comments »

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