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January 31st, 2011

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SAGA Credit Points at end of 2010

The SAGA credit point standings at the end of 2010 are now available for download. Also available is a zip file showing the calculations for each entry in the list. Any errors or omissions must be reported to Steve Kroon ( by 7/2/11. If errors are not reported, the current lists will be considered final, barring situations which the SAGA council deems exceptional.

Update: No errors were reported by the deadline.

Posted by Steve as News, SAGA at 7:46 PM, No Comments »

January 31st, 2011

Victor wins 1st quarter 2011 SAGA internet tournament

We had 2 full groups of 8 players for the first internet tournament of 2011. It was great to see so much interest and some new faces, and I’m hoping this will even improve some more during the year.
Congratulations to:
– Victor for winning the tournament.
– James Nicolson on winning group 2

The final results after 3 rounds were:
1. Victor Chow
2-4. Andrew Davies, John Leuner, Paul Edwards
5-7. Sam Scott, Lloyd Rubidge, Steve Kroon
8. Chris Welsh
9. James Nicolson
10-12. David Richfield
10-12. Pablo Casada
10-12. Gordon Wells
13-15. Francois van Niekerk
13-15. Chris Herries
13-15. Burt Rabie
16. Nevar Angelo

Posted by adavies as Tournaments at 1:16 PM, No Comments »

January 25th, 2011

Notice of 2011 SAGA AGM and Call for Nominations

The Annual General Meeting of the SAGA will be held on Saturday 16th April 2011 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 2010 minutes for acceptance.
  2. Receipt and consideration of the President’s report for 2010/2011
  3. Receipt and consideration of the Treasurer’s report for 2009
  4. Adoption of the Financial Statements for 2009
  5. Receipt and consideration of the Treasurer’s report for 2010
  6. Adoption of the Financial Statements for 2010
  7. Election of new council members for 2011/2012.
  8. 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 2011/2012. Steve Kroon and Andrew Davies’ terms of office expire in April. Nominations must reach the secretary ( by 27 February 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).

Update: The original announcement initially gave the date as 10 April, rather than 16 April. This has been corrected.
Update: The revised announcement initially gave the year as 2010, rather than 2011. This has been corrected.

Posted by Steve as News, SAGA at 9:21 PM, No Comments »

January 19th, 2011

Oakfoam makes its KGS debut

Oakfoam is a home-grown computer Go player. It is coded by Francois van Niekerk with help from Steve Kroon and is under active development. It started playing on KGS today where it currently offers to play 9×9 games with 5 min absolute time on a first-come-first-served basis.

From its first day it looks to be about 5k. Be sure to look for it in the “Computer Go” room with the account name “oakfoam” and challenge it to a game! Remember that it uses Chinese scoring and not Japanese scoring.

Links: KGS Archives, Source Code

Posted by Francois Van Niekerk as Uncategorized at 5:32 PM, 10 Comments »

January 19th, 2011

Minutes of SAGA Council meeting, 17 January

The minutes and transcript of the SAGA Council meeting held on Monday, 17 January, are now available under SAGA->Council->Meeting Minutes on the menu.

Posted by Steve as News, SAGA at 1:14 PM, No Comments »

January 19th, 2011

Ad hoc promotion: Andrew Clur

Based on feedback from Andre Connell, David Richfield, and John Leuner, I have implemented an ad hoc promotion of Andrew Clur to 8 kyu. If you wish to contest this promotion, you must contact Steve Kroon by 21 January.

Posted by Steve as Joburg, Rank Changes at 10:31 AM, No Comments »

January 18th, 2011

Last call for SAGA membership renewals

This is a final reminder that 2010 SAGA memberships expire on 25 January. Please renew your membership for 2011 before then to prevent it expiring. This is especially important if you want to take part in the 1st Quarter South African Internet Go Tournament on 30 January, since the internet tournaments are only open to SAGA members.

Useful links:

Posted by Steve as News, SAGA, Tournaments at 2:39 PM, No Comments »

January 12th, 2011

1st quarter internet tournament for 2011 – entries open

The 1st quarter internet tournament for 2011 will take place on Sun 30 Jan and will follow the usual format:
Each group will have 8 players (except the lowest rated group)
Registration 09:00
3 games, first one starting at 09:15, 2nd at 11:45, 3rd at 15:00
45min each per game with 25/10 byo-omi.
2 games will be played before lunch.

This tournament is open to SAGA members only.
Please renew your membership for 2011 if you have not yet do so!!!!!!!

Please let me know if you would like to participate.

Contact details: (w)
021 712 3204 (h)

Posted by adavies as Tournaments at 1:16 PM, No Comments »

January 12th, 2011

Ad hoc promotion: Chris Herries

Based on his KGS rank, as well as feedback from a number of the Cape Town club players, I have given Chris Herries an ad hoc promotion to 8 kyu. You have 2 days to lodge an objection to this action, in which case the promotion will be reconsidered.

Posted by Steve as Cape Town, Rank Changes at 12:57 PM, No Comments »

January 6th, 2011

SA Open 2011 Tournament Announcement

Sipho Mampe, the tournament director for the 2011 SA Open to be held in Soweto, has released the tournament announcement. Download/view it here.

Posted by Steve as News, SAGA, Soweto, Tournaments at 10:21 AM, No Comments »