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November 24th, 2010

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2010 Pretoria Blitz results

Jacky Wang won the 2010 Pretoria blitz tournament, congratulations to him and thanks to all the players who participated!

Posted by Andre as Pretoria, Tournaments at 6:41 AM, No Comments »

November 14th, 2010

Pretoria blitz tourney next Tuesday

Andre Connell writes:

We would like to host the Pretoria Blitz tournament on the 23’rd of November at the Pretoria go club (at the Java Cafe in Hatfield, Pretoria).  Please confirm with Andre at if you wish to attend.

Rules will be as follows:  10 minutes absolute time per game, handicap stones as per SAGA ranking, with a maximum of 9 handicap stones and 10 points komi for each handicap stone over 9.

Posted by Steve as Events, News, Pretoria, Tournaments at 5:29 PM, No Comments »

November 14th, 2010

Cape Town blitz tourney on Tuesday

Chris Welsh writes:

This is just to notify players in the Western Cape that we will be holding our annual blitz tournament on Tuesday the 16th of November 2010, at our usual venue of the Touch of Madness. Please make sure you get there before
8pm if you wish to play. There are no entry fees, and the only requirement to play is that you have a stable rank on the SAGA system.

Detailed rules are available, but the basic idea is that the games use
absolute time, usually 12 minutes per side. The games will be played with
full handicap, including 10 points of komi per handicap stones if the rank
difference exceeds 9 stones.

Can participants please bring sets and, more importantly, clocks!

Here’s the 2008 notice and results:

Posted by Steve as Cape Town, News, Tournaments at 11:43 AM, No Comments »

November 14th, 2010

Chinese Pros play on KGS

Two Chinese pros, Hu Shuai 3p and Jack Jin 2p (aka smartrobot) played on KGS yesterday, to promote the Experience Go in China program. They are both teachers on the program. The game was played with generous time limits, and drew huge interest on KGS.

It was a very interesting game, rich in tesuji, filled with decisive ko fights, and was notable in particular for extensive use of guzumi (good empty triangles).

In the game, black holds a narrow but hard to overturn lead for most of the game, and then, at move 214, white plays a stunning move that turns the game on its head. Suddenly black is in real danger of losing heavily, and has to play some amazing go to stay in the game.

After the game, the players reviewed the opening and some of the middle game, and their comments were very interesting.

Here’s the game: jackjin vs hushuai

Posted by Chris Welsh as Game records, Pro Game Review at 10:41 AM, No Comments »

November 12th, 2010

Call for entries: 9th World Students Go Oza

The World Students Go Oza is a championship in which 16 students chosen from various countries around the world compete. This includes one player from the Oceania-Africa zone. This championship is held not only to decide the world’s number one student player but also to promote exchange among Go-playing students around the world.

To select the representatives for each zone, preliminary championships are being held on the Internet (it seems the prelims will be held 1-10 December on IGS). This is to encourage a larger number of students to be involved in the competition.

Full details and entry forms for any students who wish to participate can be found at the tournament’s webpage.

Posted by Steve as News, Tournaments at 7:22 PM, No Comments »

November 8th, 2010

Victor wins 4th quarter 2010 SAGA internet tournament

We were a bit down on numbers for the tournament on Saturday. There has been a request to look at some sort of handicap system for the lower group. Weaker players are a bit over-awed by the rank differences as generally it is our stronger players who take part.
Congatulations to:
– Victor for winning the tournament.
– Ben Bredenkamp on winning group 2 and gaining promotion to 4k
– Chris (1k) on his upset against Konrad (2d).

This was SAGA’s final internet tournament for 2010. The results after 3 rounds were:
1. Victor Chow
2-4. Andrew Davies, Sam Scott, Chris Welsh
5-7. Konrad Scheffler, Steve Kroon, David Gale,
8. Lloyd Rubidge
9. Ben Bredenkamp
10. Alexander du Plessis
11. Gordon Wells

Here are some interesting stats from all four internet tournaments this year for group1. It shows each person’s tally of wins, with the number of games played in brackets.
7 wins: Konrad (12), Andrew (12)
6 wins: Victor (6), Chris W (12)
5 wins: Ben G (6), Sam (9)
4 wins: John (6)
2 wins: Steve (6), Dave G (6)
1 win: Andre (3), Lloyd (6), David R (6), Gordon (3)

Posted by adavies as Tournaments at 1:55 PM, No Comments »