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August 30th, 2009

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Another ad hoc promotion

Based on feedback from Andrew Davies, Chris Welsh, and Paul Steyn, as well as a KGS rank of 7k, I intend to ad hoc promote Trevor Hill to 9k, if no objections are made before Wednesday, 2 September.

Posted by Steve as Rank Changes at 11:22 AM, 1 Comment »

August 27th, 2009

Proposed ad hoc promotion

Chris Welsh and Andrew Davies propose promoting Alexander du Plessis to 5k. To support this, Andrew wrote (12 August):

He is 8k on our system, but last played here 15 months ago. He has been overseas (Japan I think) and has improved to 5k on KGS. Last night, taking B, he won 2

  • Lloyd 1k, 5H; and
  • Jochiem Bethke 5k, 6.5 komi

I intend to implement this change if no objections are raised by Sunday, 30 August.

Posted by Steve as Rank Changes at 5:14 PM, 1 Comment »

August 4th, 2009

End Game Advice

One of the more unintuitive principles in endgame play is that you usually play gote moves before reverse sente moves (of the same value). This principle is illustrated quite nicely with this diagram:

In this position, black to move, a play on the first line (reverse sente) gains one point, and a play on the third line (gote) also gains one point (note: using miai counting). Which way should black play (assuming these are the last moves before dame)?

If black plays gote:

for a gain of +6 points.

If black plays reverse sente:

for a gain of +5 points!


Posted by Chris Welsh as Uncategorized at 8:30 AM, 10 Comments »

August 2nd, 2009

KBC International Youth Baduk Camp

This is probably too short notice for most people, but King’s Baduk Education Centre is holding an International Youth Baduk Camp from 14-17 August. SAGA recently received information of this event, which will be held in Korea, and has space for 40 international participants. Anyone interested in taking part can contact the SAGA secretary at for more information and an application form.

Posted by Steve as News, SAGA at 2:21 PM, No Comments »

August 2nd, 2009

3rd Quarter Internet Tournament won by Victor

As usual, Victor cruised through to win the 3rd Quarter Internet Tournament. The 3 round event produced much exciting Go and several upsets resulting in 3 rank changes.

Congratulations to the following:
Victor on winning the tournament with 3/3
David Richfield on winning group 2 with 3/3
Clint Smythe on his promotion to 4k
Paul Steyn on his promotion to 9k

Unexpectedly, Dave Gale was demoted to 2k.

The final positions are:
1 Victor Chow
2-4 Ben Gale
2-4 Andre Connell
2-4 Andrew Davies
5-7 John Leuner
5-7 Chris Welsh
5-7 Steve Kroon
8 Samuel Scott
9 David Richfield
10-12 David Gale
10-12 Clint Smythe
10-12 Paul Steyn

Posted by adavies as Rank Changes, Tournaments at 1:57 PM, No Comments »