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October 29th, 2012

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Andrew finishes 51st in 2012 KPMC

Andrew Davies has now finished in 51st place, with 3/6 wins, in the 2012 KPMC. The draw was done on the MacMahon system, using the previous years position. His results in the 6 rounds were:

  1. Lost to Argentina (3d)
  2. Lost to Venezuela (2d, but seemed stronger to Andrew)
  3. Beat Guatemala (6k).
  4. Beat Bosnia&Herzegovina (3k)
  5. Lost to Thailand (5d)
  6. Beat Ecuador (1d)

Posted by Francois Van Niekerk as KPMC at 5:46 PM, No Comments »

October 29th, 2012

11th World Students Go Oza Championship

The email received from Makoto Moriwaki from Pandanet Inc, Internet Go Server company (

We are pleased to announce that we are going to hold the 11th World Students Go Oza Championship from Feb 25 to March 1 in 2013 in Tokyo, Japan.

To select 16 students to proceed the championship in Tokyo, we are going to have two preliminary rounds on the Internet.

Please read the following page for details:
This is the entry form:

University/College students under the age of 30 can participate in the preliminary rounds. We would like as many students as possible to participate in the Internet tournament using “Pandanet”.

The application deadline is Nov 25th. Please also let your young friends know about this tournament.

Thank you for your support in advance. If you have any questions, please email me at

Posted by Francois Van Niekerk as Announcements at 5:09 PM, No Comments »

October 28th, 2012

In praise of Internet Tournaments

The quarterly internet tournament was created in 2006, and has been a remarkably consistent event. At the end of 2012, it has been running for a full seven years, four events a year without fail. Congratulations to the people who created the event all those years ago, thanks to all the event directors, and of course, thanks to all the players for taking part.

The event is not as well attended as back in 2006 – the opening event had 24 participants; however, with about 12 players typically entering each event, it’s still going well.

A catalog of all the results is available on the Results Page.

Some interesting statistics:
Victor Chow is the most winningest player, with 59/60 wins (98%)
Andrew Davies is the most active player, with 42/72 wins (58%). Considering that 28 events means 84 available games, the fact that Andrew has played 72 games shows what an active player he is.

A list of the top players for each year and across the years is available on the Annual Ranking Page.

Posted by Chris Welsh as SAGA, Tournaments at 1:41 PM, 1 Comment »

October 27th, 2012

Victor wins 4th Quarter Internet Tournament

Congratulations to Victor Chow, who won the the 4th quarter tournament for 2012.

Full Results:
Group 1:
1. Victor Chow
2. Aki Zhou
2. Ben Gale
2. John Leuner
5. Sam Scott
5. Andre Connell
5. Chris Welsh
8. Steve Kroon

Group 2:
9. Francois van Niekerk
10. Paul Steyn
11. Stephen Martindale
12. Max Rabkin
12. Rory Shea

Posted by Francois Van Niekerk as Tournaments at 4:16 PM, No Comments »

October 25th, 2012

Please renew your SAGA membership for 2013

This is a call for all SAGA members to renew their membership for 2013 as soon as possible – preferably before 01 January 2013. All membership fees for 2013 have remained unchanged from 2012: R100,00 in general, but R50,00 for full time tertiary students and R20.00 for primary or secondary school pupils. Your renewed membership will be valid for the 2013 calendar year. 2012 memberships will expire on 31 December. Details for how to renew your membership are available on the SAGA general information page (see the section: Joining SAGA/renewing your membership).

New members are also welcome to join for 2013 now. Membership is required for participation in the national tournaments co-ordinated by SAGA (the SA Open, SA Closed, and the quarterly internet tournaments on KGS). Also, only members earn credit points to qualify to represent South Africa at various international tournaments. All members registered before 01 January will additionally receive the members-only edition of the AGA newsletter, if they wish. To this end can all renewing their membership or applying for first time membership please email the membership secretary with their current preferred email address.

Finally, we are working on updating the SAGA credit points list for 2012. In order to receive credit points for 2012, you need to have been a member in 2012. The list we are using for this purpose is the one at check whether your name is listed as a 2012 member on this list, and contact me if you should be listed, but are not.

Posted by Paul Steyn as Announcements at 12:12 AM, No Comments »

October 21st, 2012

Sam wins 2012 Stellenbosch Open

The 2012 Stellenbosch Open took place today. During the tournament, Paul was promoted to 4k and Rory to 14k. Congratulations to Sam, who won the Stellenbosch Open for the second time in a row by winning his 3 games of the day.

Full results

Posted by Francois Van Niekerk as Rank Changes, Stellenbosch, Tournaments at 7:11 PM, No Comments »

October 17th, 2012

Gauteng blitz tournament

Last night the go players in Gauteng held a quick blitz tournament at the Joburg club – 10 minutes absolute time a side. Even with this time setting most games ended normally (by counting). Congratulations to Andre and Welile for ending tied first on 4 wins out of 4.

Posted by Andre as Uncategorized at 10:44 AM, 1 Comment »

October 9th, 2012

SAGA Council meeting minutes available

The minutes and transcript of yesterday’s SAGA council meeting are now available here.

Posted by Steve as SAGA at 10:07 AM, No Comments »