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September 28th, 2011

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2011 SA Closed Championship report

The tournament was held in Johannesburg at Kairos School (www.kairosschool.co.za) from the 23th to 25th of September. Eight players qualify for the SA Closed, and this year 5 were based in Gauteng and 3 in the Cape. Special thanks go to Marc Loon for providing the venue, Victor, Andre and John for providing accommodation for the Cape town players and to all those who assisted with the other arrangements.

Congratulations to Victor who, as expected, once again won the tournament. The real battle is for second place, and this went to Sam who gave a very impressive performance.

Out of a possible 7 points, the final placings were:
7 points: Victor Chow
5 points: Sam Scott
4 points: Welile Gogotshe, Andrew Davies
3 points: Konrad Scheffler, Andre Connell
2 points: John Leuner
0 points: Paul Edwards

We all benefitted from Victor’s post game analysis. It was extremely instructive to see how simple he makes the correct play seem, and how much we still have to learn.

The SA-Closed is a hard-fought but friendly tournament. It is always great to see the players from so far away, and on Saturday night the players plus Paul’s wife went to a local restaurant for a meal together.

Full Results

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September 15th, 2011

New IGS Tournament

The information below is from the Secretariat of the International Go Federation:

SportAccord World Mind Games Online Tournament

An online Go tournament will be held on the Internet Go Server (IGS) under the auspices of SportAccord, supported by Samsung and Rado and organized by the International Go Federation and Pandanet.

The winner of this all-amateur event will be presented with an invitation to observe the 1st SportAccord World Mind Games (SAWMG) held December 8-17, 2011, in Beijing, China. SportAccord will provide entry ticket, round-trip airfare, local transportation, all meals and accommodations. In addition, a medal will be presented during the SAWMG official banquet.

Registrants must be an amateur player and a member of an association affiliated with IGF or recognized by such an association, must be able to communicate in English by email, and must play all tournament games on IGS.

Registration starts September 15; the tournament will run from early October to mid November. Application information and forms are available on the IGS website: http://www.pandanet-igs.com/communities/pandanet/74

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