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October 28th, 2010

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Welile returns after good result in KPMC

Welile Gogotshe returned safely to South Africa today from the Korean Prime Minister’s Cup. He entered the tournament at 1D, and won three games out of seven, a creditable result in a tournament where 24 of the 68 players were above 5D.

The fact that his performance put him in the middle of the pack of 1D and 2D entrants shows that our ranks in South Africa are generally in line with amateur ranks overseas.

Posted by daver as Uncategorized at 5:03 PM, 3 Comments »

October 28th, 2010

2010 KPMC Results

They’re finally out: 2010 KPMC Results

Welile managed 3 wins

Posted by Chris Welsh as KPMC at 6:38 AM, No Comments »

October 20th, 2010

News from Korea

Ben Gale says:

I will see him this weekend. It seems every time I try to call him, he is not around. But, Fritiof told me something like “He’s a good guy really, never complains about anything” and that he is having a good time. He was worried that he didn’t have enough money, but the academy guys all entered a tournament after a week or so, and Welile came 2nd, winning himself 300000won, approx R2000 – enough to be able to live/eat really well and still go home with profit. And he knows how to reach me if he has a problem.

Posted by daver as SAGA, Soweto at 7:56 AM, No Comments »

October 19th, 2010

Should handicap games count?

Following up on a suspicion that handicap games tend to favour white rather more than one would expect, I analysed the historical SA results.

The dataset is not completely up to date, but it’s quite recent. In this dataset, there are 2333 recorded even games, of which white won 1201, a not surprising 51.5%. There are also 2445 recorded uneven games (at the correct handicap), of which white won 1228, a remarkably level 50.2%.

Breaking it down further, there are 1660 games with a handicap of 3 stones or more, of which white won 800 (48.2%).

This is not an enormous dataset, but I think it’s big enough to conclude with a high level of confidence that in fact handicap games don’t favour white (or black), and that we can confidently continue to use them for ranking purposes.

Posted by Chris Welsh as General, Rank Changes at 5:00 PM, 6 Comments »

October 12th, 2010

Andrew wins 2010 Stellenbosch Open

This year’s Stellenbosch Open was held Saturday 9 October. We had a final turn-out of 7 players with a wide range of ranks.

We were happy to welcome a new player, Chris Herries, to the SA Go tournament scene. Chris even managed to receive a promotion to 16k during the tournament. Congratulations are also due to Rory Shea, who received a promotion to 15k.

A number of exciting games took place, but after the 3 rounds, with 3 wins, Andrew Davies emerged as the Stellenbosch Open Champion of 2010. Congratulations to Andrew on his victory.

See also: Full Results

Posted by Francois Van Niekerk as New members, News, Rank Changes, Stellenbosch, Tournaments at 12:40 AM, No Comments »