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October 30th, 2011

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Victor Wins 4th Quarter 2011 Internet Tournament

It was the fourth SAGA internet tournament of the year today. We had a turnout of 13 players. The results are as follows:

Group 1:
1. Victor Chow
2-4. Ben Gale, Andrew Davies, Sam Scott
5-7. Andre Connell, John Leuner, Chris Welsh
8. Steve Kroon

Group 2:
9. Ben Bredenkamp
10. Lloyd Rubidge
11-13. Dave Gale, Francois Van Niekerk, Paul Steyn

Congratulations to Victor for placing 1st and Ben on his promotion to 3k.

Posted by Francois Van Niekerk as Rank Changes, Tournaments at 5:00 PM, 1 Comment »

October 26th, 2011

World Student Go Oza Championship

The World Students GO OZA Championship is a championship in which 16 students chosen from various countries around the world, including from Asia, compete. It was founded in 2003, and the 9th championship will be held in March 2012. Not only the players but also the organizers are students: it’s an international championship run by students for students.

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. Besides the Go competition, sightseeing events are also organized for the participants.

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Note: registration closes 30 October 2011.

Preliminaries 1: 6 – 20 November 2011
Preliminaries 2: 27 November – 11 December 2011
Main championship: 27 February – 2 March 2012

Requirements to qualify:

  • Being an amateur player.
  • Being a university / college student under the age of 30.
  • Being able to use Pandanet to participate in the preliminaries.
  • Being able to communicate in English by E-mail.
  • Being able to come to Japan to participate in the main championship.

Playing in the preliminaries is free. The organizers will cover flights and accommodation for the championship. The players will be required to cover some meals at the championship.

Posted by Francois Van Niekerk as Announcements, Tournaments at 5:40 PM, No Comments »

October 24th, 2011

KPMC Day 2 round-up

As promised, here’s my round-up of day 2:

I started with a win against Marcos Sakurada 1d from Brazil – I made several bad mistakes in the endgame, but my lead was enough for me to still hang on by a small margin. Next I was drawn against Bahadur Tahirbayov 6d from Azerbaijan, who had been having a bad tournament. He started by forcing my corner group into terrible and almost dead shape, so I sacrificed it and made a huge moyo while he spent time capturing it. At this point he was probably overconfident – he entered too deep and I managed to kill his invading stones, giving me a winning position. But unfortunately this left me in byo-yomi (30 seconds per move) and he kept trying tricks until I missed a simple tactic and had to resign. A disappointing finish after having him on the ropes. My final game was against Jose Lara Contreras 4d from Columbia – we seemed quite evenly matched and I seemed to have good chances, but in the end the bad shape I had left behind in a misplayed joseki came back to haunt me and I lost a group. So I finished on 2 wins and a poor tiebreak despite having had some tough draws.

In other news, the tournament was won by an eleven year old boy from China who seemed to have no trouble at all dispatching all of his opponents by comfortable margins, including the player from Korea. He qualified for the tournament by missing out on pro qualification on tiebreak, so expect to see the name Zijian Chen among the pros a few years from now.

Posted by konrad as Uncategorized at 5:13 PM, No Comments »

October 23rd, 2011

KPMC day 1 round-up

A disappointing result for me at the KPMC, with only two wins. Here’s a round-up of day 1:

Game one started well when I managed to get a large lead against Hatime Araki, with him having nowhere to turn his thick wall into the 50 points of territory he needed. Until I somehow managed to create a way for him to win by stupidly starting a fight too close to his thickness. Game two was against Fredrick Balwit of the USA – usually the Americans send a strong player, but this time their representative was only 1 kyu and I managed to win. Game three was against Jurgen Suntinger 3d from Austria. Again I had an easily won position which I somehow manage to botch by making some real bloopers in byo-yomi. So 1/3 at the end of day 1; I’ll try to do a round-up of day two later.

Posted by konrad as Uncategorized at 11:26 AM, 2 Comments »

October 21st, 2011

KPMC this weekend

A quick note from Pohang, Korea: the players have all arrived and are ready for the Korean Prime Minister’s Cup which will be played this weekend. The food is awesome, as is the dedicated Baduk-TV television channel. 60 players from 59 countries will be playing (there was one no-show who got replaced by a representative from the host town). This year there are only 6 rounds, so a Macmahon-style rule is in place to speed up the draw, with players rated higher than 3d starting on 1 Macmahon point instead of 0. (So effectively all us weaklings 3d and below are deemed to have already lost a game.) My first round game will be against Hatime Araki 2d from Morocco. I’ll try to post an update after round 3 tomorrow.

Posted by konrad as Uncategorized at 1:41 PM, No Comments »

October 13th, 2011

South African selection criteria for WMSG Go events

At the SAGA council meeting of 3 October, the following selection criteria for future editions of the World Mind Sport Games were adopted. They make use of tournament results for selection, but representatives have points deducted from the same credit point system used for the current selection of representatives for the KPMC and WAGC.

  1. To be eligible for selection, a player must (i) be a South African citizen by the earlier of (a) 6 months before the scheduled event start and (b) 1 month before the deadline for submitting the list of team members. (ii) have been a member of SAGA for ten of the twelve months prior to the earlier of (a) 6 months before the scheduled event start and (b) 1 month before the deadline for submitting the list of team members.
  2. Selection will be based on tournament results as far as possible: (a) Selection of representatives for the pair-go event will be based on the placing of male-female pairs in the most recent South African Rengo tournament held. Ideally, such a tournament will be run annually, or a tournament will be run specifically for selection. (b) Selection for all other events will be based on placement in the most recently completed SA Closed. (c) If these tournaments do not yield sufficient numbers for selection, further selection will be based on SAGA ratings.
  3. Representatives at the WMSG will have representatives points deducted from their credit points balance. However, a player’s attendance at the WMSG does not preclude him from attending other international tournaments, and vice versa. The points deduction will also not depend on the number of events the participant competes in at the WMSG.
  4. Participation in multiple events will be encouraged in order to maximize South Africa’s participation by the contingent selected to attend the event. In other words, those attending the event may take part in other events for which they qualify if we are not otherwise sending representatives for those events. Participation in these events will be allocated on an opt-in basis, with one opportunity offered repeatedly in decreasing order of strength (using wrap-around if necessary).

Posted by Steve as SAGA, Tournaments at 5:44 PM, No Comments »

October 13th, 2011

SAGA Council meeting minutes available

The minutes and transcript of the SAGA Council meeting held on Monday, 3 October 2011, are now available on this page.

Posted by Steve as SAGA at 5:12 PM, No Comments »