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February 15th, 2010

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SAGA Council meeting minutes available

The minutes of the SAGA council meeting held on 13 January are now available for download.

Posted by Steve as SAGA at 8:26 PM, No Comments »

February 14th, 2010

New single-digit kyu at Stellenbosch

Congratulations to Francois van Niekerk, who has been promoted to 9-kyu after last week’s club games.

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February 8th, 2010

Notice of 2010 SAGA AGM and call for nominations

The Annual General Meeting of the SAGA will be held on Saturday 17th April 2010 during the lunch break of the SAGA second quarter internet tournament in the South African Room on KGS (expected time 14h00). The agenda will be as follows:

  1. Considering the 2009 minutes for acceptance.
  2. Receipt and consideration of the President’s report for 2009/2010
  3. Receipt and consideration of the Treasurer’s report for 2009
  4. Adoption of the Financial Statements for 2009
  5. Election of new council members for 2010/2011. [Update: Valid nominations were received for John Leuner (Proposed: Steve Kroon; Seconded: Chris Welsh), David Richfield (Proposed: Steve Kroon; Seconded: Chris Welsh), and Paul Steyn (Proposed: Chris Welsh; Seconded: Steve Kroon)]
  6. Matters arising

The reports and financial statements will be released in due course, and linked to from this article.

This post also serves as a call for nominations for the SAGA council for 2010/2011. Chris Welsh, Andre Connell and Ben Gale’s terms of office expire in April. Nominations must reach the secretary ( by 6 March 2010: nominations require a proposer and a seconder, and an indication by the nominee that (s)he is willing to serve on the SAGA council. Proposer, seconder, and nominee must all be members of SAGA (more details on nomination are available in paragraph 6.9 of the SAGA constitution).

Posted by Steve as News, SAGA at 8:42 PM, 3 Comments »

February 8th, 2010

Konrad wins first 2010 SAGA internet Go tournament

Congratulations to Konrad who took advantage of the absence of Victor and Ben to win the internet tournament held on the 6th Feb. Congratulations also to:
Francois for winning group 2
Michael who was promoted to 14k
Cornelia who was promoted to 19k

It was great to see some new faces, and I’m hoping the internet tournaments will grow to 2 full groups this year. The final placings were:
1 Konrad Scheffler
2-4 Andrew Davies
2-4 John Leuner
2-4 Chris Welsh
5-7 David Gale
5-7 David Richfield
5-7 Gordon Wells
8 Paul Steyn
9 Francois van Niekerk
10 Michael Ben-Yosef
11 Cornelia vd Walt
12 Rory Shea

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February 1st, 2010

African representatives for WPGA Pair Go World Cup 2010

Congratulations to Victor and Carle who will represent Africa at the world cup to be held in Hangzhou, China from March 20 to March 23. They were the winners of the selection tournament held on 31 Jan.

Pair-Go, requiring a team of 1 male and 1 female is not big in Africa, and eventually only 3 teams were able to compete in the final. Of the IGF member nations, Madagascar and Morocco were unable to field any teams, and South Africa only managed 4, whcih was reduced to 3 on the day because of client/PC interface problems. The teams were:
Victor Guang Chow, 7d
Carle Joubert, 4k
Lloyd Rubidge, 1k
Cornelia vd Walt, 20k
Rory Shea, 16k
Candice Barker, 27k

Round 1 was played between teams 2 and 3, and was won by Lloyd and Cornelia. They then faced team 1 in the final and were beaten by Victor and Carle. In both games it was interesting to observe the problems that arise when the partners follow different plans. It looked like upset results were quite possible.

Talk is underway to introduce a pair Go tournament to the SAGA calendar. Most likely it will be RenGo, where the gender of the teams is not specified.

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