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January 28th, 2009

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Computer Go project at Stellenbosch University

Steve Kroon is starting a research project in developing computer Go using AI and machine learning techniques. Limited funding for Masters and PhD students is available. If you’re interested in getting involved in a project like this, please contact Steve. More details in this document.

Posted by Steve as General, News at 10:17 AM, No Comments »

January 24th, 2009

Announcing the 1st Quarter Internet Go Tournament for 2009

The 1st quarter internet tournament for 2009 will take place on Sat 28 Feb and will follow the usual format:
Each group will have 8 players (except the lowest rated group)
3 games, first one starting at 09:30
45min each per game with 25/10 byo-omi.

This tournament is open to SAGA members only. Please make sure your membership is up to date.

Let me know if you would like to participate.
Contact details: (w) (h)
021 712 3204 (h)

Players currently registered:
Ben Gale, 3d
Andrew Davies, 2d
Konrad Scheffler, 2d
Steve Kroon, 1k
Chris Welsh, 2k
James Nicolson, 4k
Riaan Swart, 5k
Ashley Ross, 10k
Gustav Bertram, ??k

Posted by adavies as Announcements, Tournaments at 1:21 PM, No Comments »

January 21st, 2009

Andrew Davies to represent SA at 30th WAGC

Our hearty congratulations to Andrew Davies, who has qualified to represent South Africa at the 30th World Amateur Go Championships in Japan in May 2009. Andrew, a 2-dan player at the Cape Town club, was a 1-kyu player for many years before gaining 2 ranks in just under a year in 2007/2008.

We wish you the best of luck.

Posted by Steve as Cape Town, News, SAGA at 5:01 PM, No Comments »

January 21st, 2009

Cape Town ad hoc promotions

Based on input from Chris Welsh, Andrew Davies, Konrad Scheffler and Lloyd Rubidge, the following ad-hoc promotions have been requested: Ashley Ross, from 12k to 10k; and Paul Steyn, from 16k to 12k. These changes are further supported by Ashley and Paul’s ranks on KGS. I intend to implement these changes on 25 January if no objections are received.

If there are any comments or queries about the promotion, please contact Steve Kroon.

Update: The proposed changes have been implemented.

Posted by Steve as Cape Town, Rank Changes at 4:48 PM, No Comments »

January 14th, 2009

SAGA credit points for 2008

The updated credit points for 2008 are now available. Anyone who would like to point out corrections must do so by 17 January, otherwise the points will be considered final (*). However, since the deadline for nominating a candidate for the WAGC is 20 January, reporting potential errors is very urgent and should please be done as soon as possible. Errors should be e-mailed to .

As the list stands, Ben Gale tops the list, with Victor Chow in second place.

The attached files are:

Details on how the calculations are performed.

*: An exception – new members of SAGA for 2008 whose membership has not yet been processed for various reasons may still have their scores updated when their membership processing is complete.

Posted by Steve as News, SAGA, Tournaments at 5:55 PM, No Comments »

January 14th, 2009

Call for entries to the 2009 SA Open Go Tournament

Please send your entry to Fabio Costa at

The 2009 SA Open Go Tournament will take place as follows:
Date: Sat 7 and Sun 8 Feb 2009.
Venue: Warfair club, 35 Langermann Drive, Kensington, JHB (close to Eastgate shopping centre)
Format: 6 games – 3 on Saturday, 3 on Sunday
Time limit: 1hr plus 20/5
Registration: 9:00 on Sat 7 Feb.
Entry fee: R100.00 (R50 entry + R50 temporary Warfair membership)
Warfair members: R50.00 entry only
Student: To be announced
Refreshments: To be purchased from Warfair

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