The 2012 Cape Town blitz tournament was held 21 November, at the usual venue. Eleven players entered this year, including a lightning visit from Konrad Scheffler who jetted in from San Diego specifically for the event.
After four of the five rounds only two players were left unbeaten, Sam Scott and Chris Welsh, which allowed a single winner to be declared, in contrast to previous years with multiple players with the same number of wins. In the end Sam prevailed by time, despite arguably being behind on the board (although a complex ko fight still needed to be resolved).
1 – Sam Scott 3d (5 wins)
2 – Chris Welsh 1d (4 wins)
2 – Andrew Davies 3d (4 wins)
4 – Konrad Scheffler 2d (3 wins)
4 – Paul Steyn 4d (3 wins)
In case anyone is interested, 11 of the 25 games were decided by time, 8 by points, and 6 by resign.
In the opinion of the tournament director, too many games are still being won by the stronger player, despite the games being full handicap games. Suggestions welcome on how to make the event more even. Increasing komi is one option, but this only affects games beyond 9 stones.