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May 27th, 2013

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Soweto Schools Tournament on 25 May 2013

The Soweto Schools Go Programme started in the 1990s and involved two tournaments for the participating primary schools. Since the revival of this Programme in 2012, two more tournaments were held, the most recent one being on 25 May 2013.

This most recent tournament drew 57 participants from four Soweto primary schools: Ekuphumeleleni, Usindiso, Enkolweni and Thathezakho Primary Schools. The hosting school, Ekuphumeleleni Primary, also won the floating trophy for the second time in a row, taking eight of the ten gold medals.

It was a six-round MacMahon tournament and led to a clear winner. The top fifteen results are given below:

Place Name School Points SOS SOSOS
1 Khethini, Lethukuthula Ekup 6 52 310
2 Gida, Sechaba Usin 5 57 307
3 Ndwandwe, Bongani Usin 5 56 306
4 Dube, Dumisani Ekup 5 52 307
5 Mabaso, Sabelo Ekup 5 51 308
6 Govender, Smalangiso Ekup 5 51 305
7 Ngubane, Thando Ekup 5 49 299
8 Vilakazi, Lindokuhle Ekup 4 55 293
9 Mhlongo, Rocky Ekup 4 54 301
10 Mkhaliphi, Nhlonipho Ekup 4 53 297
11 Senna, Mondli That 4 52 297
12 Madondo, Nthuthuko That 4 52 294
13 Sithole, Lungelo Ekup 4 51 307
14 Molefe, Tshepang Ekup 4 51 301
15 Nhlapo, Siyabonga Ekup 4 50 295

Thank you to all Go players who showed their support by attending (David Richfield, John Leuner, Sipho Mampe, Thabiso Lemeke), and to Welile Gogotshe for his consistent efforts in teaching Go to these young children.

If all goes well, I plan to sponsor a second tournament this year, most likely in September 2013.

Photos have been uploaded to the SA Go clubs galleries.

Posted by Arnold Wentzel as Events, Joburg, Soweto, Uncategorized at 4:57 PM, No Comments »

May 18th, 2013

Sam Scott wins 2013 Cape Town Open

The 2013 Cape Town was notable for finally having an even number of players. In fact, with precisely eight players, it was agreed to play the tournament as a Swiss tournament, rather than the more usual MacMahon format.

There were no notable upsets, apart perhaps from Francois van Niekerk 3k beating Lloyd Rubidge 1k. Otherwise it went according to rank.

Full results were

1. Sam Scott 3d – 3 wins (beat Stephen Martindale, Chris Welsh and Andrew Davies)
2. Andrew Davies 3d – 2 wins (beat Max Rabkin and Francois van Niekerk)
3. Chris Welsh 1d – 2 wins (beat Paul Steyn and Lloyd Rubidge)
4. Francois van Niekerk 3k – 2 wins (beat Lloyd Rubidge and Paul Steyn)
5. Lloyd Rubidge 1k – 1 win (beat Max Rabkin)
6. Paul Steyn 4k – 1 win (beat Stephen Martindale)
7. Max Rabkin 7k – 1 win (beat Stephen Martindale)
8. Stephen Martindale 9k – 0 wins

There were no rank promotions.

Posted by Chris Welsh as Cape Town, SAGA, Tournaments at 10:21 PM, No Comments »

May 6th, 2013

3rd Soweto Primary Schools tournament – please support

This news in from Arnold Wentzel:

The third Soweto Primary Schools tournament is happening on Saturday, 25 May, 8:00-13:00 at Ekuphumeleleni Primary School in Soweto. This is part of SAGA’s Soweto Schools Go Programme. Like
last year, we expect around 60-100 children to participate.

I hereby invite all SA go players to come and show their support for SA’s young go players by attending the event. I will also appreciate anyone who can be there to help adjudicate and supervise the games. Please let me know.

The address and GPS coordinates are at:

You can contact Arnold with any queries/offers to help at .

Posted by Steve as News, Soweto, Tournaments at 11:20 AM, No Comments »