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August 30th, 2012

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SportsAccord Tournament open to all

The winner of the main tournament will receive an invitation to the 2nd SportAccord World Mind Games (a round-trip ticket to Beijing , accommodation, a commemorative medal and a certificate). For the rest of us, however, all players who complete the innitial round are entered into a lottery to win one of a few iPads. The tournament is free to enter, and is played on IGS.

See the Pandanet page for more details.

Posted by Chris Welsh as Tournaments at 9:39 AM, No Comments »

August 27th, 2012

Go in Port Elizabeth

I have received a query about Go in Port Elizabeth. The last information I had (many years ago) was that Patrick Lee was available to play there. However, the number I have for him seems to be outdated. Does anyone have contact details for Patrick, or know of any Go players or activity in or near Port Elizabeth?

Posted by Steve as General at 6:33 PM, No Comments »

August 21st, 2012

Call for entries: Stellenbosch Open 2012

The Stellenbosch Go Club will be hosting the 2012 Stellenbosch Open Go Tournament. It is intended to be a qualifying tournament for the 2013 South African Candidates Tournament. Players of all level are welcome.

Sunday, 21st October 2012

Registration will start at 9:00

Room 3018, Mathematics Department (van der Sterr Building), University of Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch

The registration fee is R10 for SAGA members and R20 for other players. Players are requested to register in advance. Email your name, club and the rank at which you wish to enter to Steve Kroon ( A late entry fee of R10 will be charged for players registering on the day of the tournament.

The tournament will be a 3 round MacMahon tournament, with the bar set at an appropriate level. The time limit will be 30 minutes main time and then Canadian byo-yomi 25 stones in 8 minutes, which equates to about 19 seconds per move.

If you are taking part in the tournament, and you have a set (or two), or a clock, please bring them along, and inform us of that when you register. Thanks.

Any questions are most welcome and can be directed to Steve Kroon (

Registered so far:

  • Steve Kroon (bringing board, stones, clock)
  • Francois van Niekerk (bringing board, stones)
  • Stephen Martindale (bringing board, stones, clock)
  • Andrew Davies (bringing board, stones, clock)
  • Paul Steyn (bringing board, stones)
  • Andre Connell (bringing 4 clocks)
  • Max Rabkin
  • Lloyd Rubidge (bringing board, stones, and clock)
  • Rory Shea
  • Sam Scott
  • Chris Welsh (2 boards (+stones?) and an unreliable clock

Posted by Steve as SAGA, Stellenbosch, Tournaments at 6:56 PM, No Comments »

August 7th, 2012

Andrew Davies wins 3rd Quarter 2012 Internet Tournament

Congratulations to Andrew Davies who won the the 3rd quarter tournament for 2012. Congratulations also to Sam Scott, who was promoted to 3 dan during the tournament.

Full results
1 – Andrew Davies (3d)
2 – Sam Scott (3d)
2 – John Leuner (2d)
2 – Chris Welsh (1d)
5 – Steve Kroon (1d)
5 – Paul Steyn (5k)
5 – Stephen Martindale (10k)
8 – Max Rabkin (12k)

Posted by Chris Welsh as Rank Changes, Tournaments at 6:38 PM, No Comments »

August 7th, 2012

AGA certifies two professionals

In an interesting development, the American Go Association (AGA), in conjunction with the Korean Baduk Academy (KBA), are now certifying professional go players. These players will be invited to participate in all events open to Korean professionals, as well as international events. The first two players are Andy Liu of the USA, who is probably quite well known to many of us, and Gangshen Shi from Canada.

More details are available on Tygem

Posted by Chris Welsh as AGA, KBA, Pro News at 6:32 PM, No Comments »