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May 29th, 2010

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31st WAGC, Day 4

In one of the biggest upsets of the tournament, Lloyd beat the 5d player from Vietnam, Bui le Khanh Lam in round 7.

Lloyd WINS against the 5 dan from Vietnam!

Amazing game. I played more solidly than I normally do and when the time came for me to attack his invasion I was strong enough. He also played very solidly, I don’t think he liked fighting because he gave way every time I pushed. There were a few mistakes in the end game for both of us, swinging a couple of points either way. One of the referees helped us count because it was so close. I won by 2.5 points.

I am now on 4 wins out of 7. I just beat my target 🙂

In the final round, Lloyd lost to the 5d from Austria, Bernhard Scheid, for a remarkable final place of 29th (out of 60), with 4 wins out of 8. Lloyd was the highest placed kyu player, with 15 dan players below him.

Posted by Chris Welsh as Tournaments, WAGC at 9:15 PM, 5 Comments »

May 28th, 2010

31st WAGC, Update

An interesting article about the location of this tournament can be found here.

In general, this blog is worth watching for WAGC information.

Posted by Chris Welsh as Uncategorized at 12:09 PM, 1 Comment »

May 28th, 2010

31st WAGC, Day 3

In round 5, Lloyd beat the 1k player from Peru, Carlos Rios-Joels.

In the first game today I beat Peru. It was a good game. I started poorly as I often do (got to work on that Fuseki), but I think he went the wrong direction and I pulled ahead. At the beginning of the endgame I judged I was 20 points ahead, plus komi. At the end of the game I had won by about that. I have the opening written down, so I can show it at the Cape Town club.

In round 6, Lloyd beat the 2d player from Turkey, Bertan Bilen, by default.

The second game was won by default as the player from Turkey did not turn up until it was too late. They give only 15 minutes grace before they declare the game and he turned up after 20 (he fell asleep at lunch time). I was not pleased, but I’m quite happy to have 3 wins.
But that puts me at 3 out of 6, so the last 2 games should be HARD!

Posted by Chris Welsh as Tournaments, Uncategorized, WAGC at 10:51 AM, No Comments »

May 27th, 2010

31st WAGC, Day 2

Lloyd lost to the 5d from Denmark, Kasper Hornbaek.

I lost first to a 5 dan from Denmark. I didn’t mind that, I felt that I played reasonably well and he had to do a lot of thinking. He even went down to his last boyomi period. But he played calm, sensible go and I never felt badly outplayed.

The Lloyd lost the 1d from Belarus, Alexandr Suponev.

But the 1 dan from Belarus was a different story. He played all kinds of moves which were unusual (to me), and unreasonable it seems. I didn’t punish them enough, and I made some bad mistakes. At one stage, early in the game, I felt I had the better position, but it fell apart. I resigned in the early endgame.

Posted by Chris Welsh as Tournaments, Uncategorized, WAGC at 2:20 PM, No Comments »

May 26th, 2010

31st WAGC, Day one

Lloyd lost his first game against the 5d from Sinagopore, Yuxiang LOU.

It was a good game. He got a large moyo which I should have invaded, rather than playing safely around the edges. I got all 4 corners and a large capture but it was not enough. Lost by about 40 points!

He won his second game against the 5k player from Italy, Mauri Francesca.

Well I won my second game against Italy after losing the first. This one was a lot easier and I felt like I was in control most of the time (although not pleased with some of my decisions).

Tomorrow he meets another 5d, Kasper Hornbek.

Posted by Chris Welsh as SAGA, Tournaments, WAGC at 3:56 PM, 1 Comment »

May 25th, 2010

31st WAGC kicks off tomorrow

Lloyd Rubidge will be playing his first match against the 5d representative from Singapore tomorrow. We wish him luck in that game, and all the remaining games.

Posted by Chris Welsh as SAGA, Tournaments at 1:32 PM, No Comments »

May 20th, 2010

Konrad wins Cape Town Open 2010

Twelve players took part in the Cape Town Open on the 15th May 2010. The venue was once again at “A Touch of Madness” restaurant in Observatory. The format was a 3-round MacMahon with the bar set at 2k. The results went according to rating, except for Sam’s win against Andrew.

Congratulations to the prize winners:
Konrad, the tournament winner.
Chris and Andrew in second place
Paul for most wins below the bar.

Rank changes:
Paul promoted to 7k
Marty demoted to 9k

Full results are:
1 Scheffler Konrad
2 Davies Andrew
3 Welsh Chris
4 Scott Sam
5 Rubidge Lloyd
6 Du Plessis Alexander
7 Steyn Paul
8 van Niekerk Francois
9 Kintu Marty
10 Murray Brendan
11 Shea Rory
12 Barker Candice

Posted by adavies as Cape Town, Rank Changes, Tournaments at 1:54 PM, No Comments »

May 14th, 2010

Cape Town Open 2010

If you are interested in participating in the Cape Town Open 2010, please contact
me for more information, or send me your name, club (if you belong to one), and your
rating.
andrew.davies@cobham.com (w)
daviesal@telkomsa.net (h)
021 712 3204 (h)

Date: Saturday, 15th May, 2010

Venue: “A Touch of Madness” restaurant in Nuttall Road, Observatory.
We are given the venue free of charge, so we encourage players to support them
by having lunch and refreshments there.

Schedule:
09:00 Registration (Note – you can register on the day)
09:30 Round 1
12:00 Lunch
13:00 Round 2
15:30 Round 3
18:00 Prize giving

Time limits:
45 minutes each with byo-omi of 25 moves in 10 minutes.

Draw:
MacMahon system with the bar set below the top 8 players (other options??)

Cost:
Standard: R20 for SAGA members, R30 for non-members
Student: R10 for SAGA members, R15 for non-members

Prizes:
Cash prizes for 1st and 2nd positions and best performance below the bar.

The Cape Town Open is open to all players of all strengths. You do not have to be
a member of SAGA to play. In particular, we encourage all members of the Stellenbosch
club to enter, regardless of their strength.

This tournament is hosted by the Cape Town Go club, and is a qualifying tournament
for the annual South African Closed.

Posted by Chris Welsh as Cape Town, Tournaments at 9:59 PM, No Comments »

May 5th, 2010

Welile to represent SAGA at KPMC

Ben Gale has opted not to represent South Africa at the 2010 Korea Prime Minister’s Cup, so Welile Gogotshe has now been selected as our representative.

Posted by daver as Announcements, SAGA, Tournaments at 6:27 PM, No Comments »