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September 28th, 2010

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2010 SA Closed Championship report

The tournament was held in the the library of Bergvliet High School, Cape Town from the 24th to 26th of September. Of the 8 players who qualified, 4 were based in the Cape and 4 in Gauteng. Victor, being so much stronger than the others, was given special permission to play his games beforehand (as it turns out, 1 game is still to be played, but I have credited Victor with the win for the sake of this report).
As usual, there were a number of upsets, time pressure finishes, wins against the run of play and exciting battles. Notably Konrad finished most games in byo-omi, his game against John requiring 8 moves in 12 seconds.
There was a great friendly atmosphere to the tournament which contrasted with the intense competitive spirit in which the games were played. On Saturday night the players and wives/children went to a local restaurant for a meal together.
Congatulations to:
– Victor for winning the tournament.
– Welile, in second place, being promoted to 2d
Out of a possible 7 points, the final placings were:
7 points: Victor Chow
6 points: Welile Gogotshe
5 points: Konrad Scheffler
3 points: John Leuner
2 points: Andre Connell (5th), Andrew Davies (6th), Sam Scott (7th)
1 point: Chris Welsh

(Tie-breaks were based on the results of games between the tied players).

Posted by adavies as Rank Changes, Tournaments at 1:58 PM, 1 Comment »

September 14th, 2010

SA Closed: Victor Chow vs Konrad and Andrew tonight on KGS

Victor Chow (7d) will be playing his 2010 SA Closed games against his two closest opponents, Konrad Scheffler and Andrew Davies (both 2d) tonight on KGS. If you’d like to watch, they will be played consecutively in the South African Room from around 19h30 – look for games involving the user adavies.

Posted by Steve as SAGA, Tournaments at 1:37 PM, No Comments »

September 12th, 2010

Welile wins Soweto Open

The 2010 Soweto Open Go Tournament was held on 12 September 2010. The field of 13 included 3 dan players, who ended taking the top three spots: Welile beat Sipho in the third round to take top honours, and Sipho was followed by Paul in 3rd place.

Congratulations to the players who were promoted due to their games: Mosa Diphafe (now 13k), Solomon Mosepedi (now 20k), Phologo Machailoe (now 20k), Thabiso Lemeke (now 6k)

The final standings were:

 Place   Name   Rank   Club  MacMahon Score
Welile Gogotshe 1D SOW 30
Sipho Mampe 1D SOW 29
Paul Edwards 1D JHB 29
David Richfield 3K JHB 28
Thabiso Lemeke 3K SOW 28
Gordon Wells 7K PTA 23
Ricky Pilane 11K SOW 20
Ramone Deane 12K SOW 20
Mosa Diphafe 14K SOW 18
10  Brian Huma 14K SOW 17
11  Donald Makhalemele 19K SOW 12
12  Phologo Machailoe 20K SOW 11
13  Solomon Mosepedi 20K SOW 11

Posted by daver as Announcements, Soweto, Tournaments at 8:18 PM, 1 Comment »

September 4th, 2010

Reviews of league games from Chinese trip

Attached find some of my games against similarly ranked players that got reviewed by the pros – yes, I lost most of them 🙂

Day 2 vs Tim 1d
Day 4 vs Livien 3k
Day 5 vs Tomas 2k
Day 7 vs Rick 2k
Day 9 vs Kate 1d
Day 12 vs Tomas 2k
Day 14 vs Tim 1d
Day 15 vs Tony 2d
Day 16 vs Francois 3k
Day 17 vs Glen 1d
Day 24 vs Virgile 2d

Posted by Chris Welsh as Game Reviews at 12:42 AM, No Comments »

September 4th, 2010

Review of EGC2010 game – Cornel Burzo vs Kyoungnang Kang

Attached is a review of the game between Cornel Burzo vs Kyoungnang Kang at the 2010 EGC. The review was given by Peter Liu (MilanMilan on KGS)

Cornel Burzo vs Kyoungnang Kang at the 2010 EGC

Posted by Chris Welsh as Game Reviews at 12:13 AM, No Comments »

September 2nd, 2010

Call for entries: 2010 Stellenbosch Open

The Stellenbosch Go Club will be hosting the 2010 Stellenbosch Open Go Tournament.
It is intended to be a qualifying tournament for the 2010 South African Candidates’ Tournament. Players of all level are welcome.

Saturday, 9 October 2010

Preliminary Programme:

08h45-09h30 Registration
09h45 Round 1 Start
11h45 Round 2 Start
13h30 Lunch
14h30 Round 3 Start
16h45 Prizegiving

Room 3018, Mathematics Department (van der Sterr Building), University of Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch

Fees :
The registration fee is R10 for SAGA members or players who join SAGA for 2011 at the tournament, and R20 for other players. Players are requested to register in advance. Email your name, club and the rank at which you wish to enter to Francois van Niekerk ( A late entry fee of R10 will be charged for players registering on the day of the tournament.

The tournament is open to all players. You will be able pay your SAGA membership fee for 2011 at the tournament, if you wish (assuming SAGA’s 2011 membership costs are finalized by then).

Format :
The tournament will be a 3 round MacMahon tournament, with the bar set at an appropriate level. The time limit will be 30 minutes main time and then Canadian byo-yomi 25 stones in 8 minutes, which equates to about 19 seconds per move.

Prizes :
The winner of the tournament will be named the 2010 Stellenbosch Go Champion, and will receive a voucher for Go books/equipment. Other players that win all 3 of their games will also receive such a voucher.

Accommodation :
Any players traveling in for the tournament who need accommodation can also contact Francois – the Stellenbosch Go club would be pleased to try to find you a host.

Players registered so far :

Konrad Scheffler 2d Stellenbosch
Andrew Davies 2d Cape Town
Steve Kroon 1k Stellenbosch
Francois van Niekerk 6k Stellenbosch
Rory Shea 16k Cape Town
Chris Herries 20k Cape Town

If you are taking part in the tournament, and you have a set (or two), or a clock, please bring them along, and inform us of that when you register. Thanks.

Posted by Francois Van Niekerk as News, SAGA, Stellenbosch, Tournaments at 5:25 PM, No Comments »

September 1st, 2010

Pro Game Review – Chang Hao vs Yoda Norimoto

Attached is a review of a game between the famous Chinese professional, Chang Hao, and Yoda Norimoto. The review focused on good shape moves made by both players, and identifies some of the weaker alternatives that amateurs frequently make.

The lecture was based on a published review, but the lecturer, Jack (Jin Jing 2p), also pointed out some alternatives that the book didn’t identify.

Day 14 pro game – shape review

Posted by Chris Welsh as Pro Game Review at 5:56 PM, No Comments »

September 1st, 2010

Mini Chinese Lecture Notes

Attached is an sgf of a 6 day lecture series by Jin Jing 2p (English name Jack, aka smartrobot on KGS) on the mini Chinese opening. The main line shows a 52 move whole board joseki which is considered best play by both players, and ends with an even result. There are many variations along the way, for instance, at move 13, there are variations which show the so-called Korean, Chinese and Japanese ways, while at move 52, some invasion possibilities are demonstrated for white.

Jack was basing the lectures on a book from a few years ago, and in some variations he didn’t agree with conclusions, which are noted. In addition, some conclusions are just “ko”, or “seki”, and are not necesssarily fully played out. These should be verified if in doubt.

I found the lecture series very interesting and I hope some of what I learnt can be discovered from the sgf. I recommend using an sgf viewer that clearly illustrates where variations are available, such as CGoban.

Mini Chinese Lecture Notes

Posted by Chris Welsh as Game Reviews at 9:50 AM, 1 Comment »