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July 23rd, 2009

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SAGA Council meeting minutes available

The minutes of the SAGA Council meeting held on 15 July are now available on the SAGA Council meeting minutes page.

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July 6th, 2009

3rd Quarter SA Internet Go Tournament for 2009 – 1 August

The 3rd quarter internet tournament for 2009 will take place on Sat 1 August and will follow the usual format:

Each group will have 8 players (except the lowest rated group)
3 games, first one starting at 09:15
45min each per game with 25/10 byo-omi.

This tournament is open to SAGA members only.
Please let me know if you would like to participate.

Contact details:
andrew.davies@cobham.com (w)
daviesal@telkomsa.net (h)
021 712 3204 (h)

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July 5th, 2009

Candidates tournament won by Chris Welsh

The Candidates tournament was played over 2 days, 4th and 5th July. It produced many exciting games, some surprises and some let-offs.

Congratulations to the following players:
Chris on winning the Candidates.
Chris, Paul, Andre and Lloyd who have qualified for the Contenders (SA Closed).
Lloyd who earned his promotion to 1k.

Day 1
Two reserves were required to replace James Nicolson (business trip) and Rory Beling. All results followed their ratings except for Lloyds upset victory over Chris. The final positions for day 1 were:
Paul Edwards
Lloyd Rubidge
Chris Welsh
Steve Kroon
James Gelant
David Richfield
Paul Steyn
Clint Smythe

Day 2
The top 4 from day 1 proceeded to day 2. They joined the 4 players pre-qualified from last year. Welile planned to play from an internet café, but either he was not permitted to install Java or there were power problems. He missed round 1 and withdrew when he was not ready for round 2. Sipho mysteriously vanished – not to be seen again, so disappointingly there were many byes.

That said, day 2 produced some great games. Chris and Lloyd both achieved upset wins over John. The final positions were:
Chris Welsh
Paul Edwards
Andre Connell
Lloyd Rubidge
John Leuner
Steve Kroon
Sipho Mampe (withdrew)
Welile Gogotshe (withdrew)

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July 2nd, 2009

Revision of credit points calculations for 2007 and 2008

As mentioned in an earlier post, there were some administrative oversights with regards to finalizing SAGA’s membership list for credit point calculations in 2007 and 2008. The council discussed this extensively, and resolved to correct the point standings as far as possible, as detailed in Item 409 of our council meeting on 1 April, which was approved.

Most members points are unaffected by these changes – the only players who should see notable changes are the Soweto players funded from the development fund in 2007 and 2008, and the players who took the opportunity for retroactive 2008 membership. The revised points for 2007 and 2008 are available at the bottom of this post.

The most difficult aspect of these modifications is that they affect who should have been selected as the SA representative at the 2008 KPMC: Welile Gogotshe ends the revised list for 2007 in second place. The council decided that the fairest resolution of this situation is that Welile will be treated as if he has the second highest total in 2010 (only) for the purpose of electing a representative regardless of his actual total (unless he has the highest total).

Revised 2007 credit points

Revised 2008 credit points

The points are in a zip file – each player’s point calculation is in the recordsheet folder, and the full list of totals is in wagc_points.txt. If you find any mistakes or oversights in the calculations, please let me know by leaving a comment on this post or emailing Steve Kroon. If no objections are made before 12 July, these points lists will be considered final.

Posted by Steve as News, SAGA, Tournaments at 10:16 PM, No Comments »

July 2nd, 2009

SAGA News

Some news snippets:

  • Since the SA Open no longer requires participants to be SAGA members, while the SA Closed does, SAGA has decided that in future, the development fund will only subsidize SAGA memberships by default for financially needy participants at the SA Closed, not the SA Open. General applications for financial assistance w.r.t. payment of membership fees is still open to anyone who feels they qualify.
  • Due to budget constraints, the Toyota and Denso corporations have withdrawn their sponsorship of the World Oza, so there will be no more African Ozas in the foreseeable future
  • The next World Amateur Go Championship will be in China, not Japan
  • Also due to budget constraints, Japanese Airlines, withdrew as a sponsor before the 2009 WAGC. The IGF still found a sponsor for flights for 2009, but from 2010, flights to the WAGC will no longer be arranged by the organizer. Anyone who knows someone who may be able to help with sponsorships for coming years, PLEASE contact someone on the SAGA council (or leave a comment)
  • The International Go Federation is trying to get affiliated to the International Olympic Committee, with the goal of trying to make Go an Olympic sport. The next Asia games will see Go featured as a regular sport as a result of this work. To achieve this affiliation, the IGF has had to adopt anti-doping regulations, and these regulations have administrative implications for SAGA. Anyone interested/willing to volunteer time to help with this, again, please contact us – your help would be invaluable. [This applies especially if you have some medical/chemistry knowledge]
  • Anti-doping regulations in international events start at the Korean Prime Minister’s Cup in October, where the SA rep will be Victor Chow
  • The 2nd WMSG is scheduled for July-Aug 2013

If you want more details, or have something to say, please feel free to leave a comment on the website.

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