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June 13th, 2016

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SA Closed tournament: Candidates 2016 results

The SA Closed competition continued this past weekend (11/12 June) with the Candidates tournament.

12 players competed for 4 entries into the SA Closed Contenders round robin tournament.

The participating players were:
John Leuner, Chris Welsh, Sam Scott, Bob Gale, Lloyd Rubidge, Paul Edwards, Paul Steyn, Francois van Niekerk, James Nicolson, Ben Bredenkamp, Peet Britz and Gordon Wells.

The four players who qualified for the Contenders are:
John Leuner,
Sam Scott,
Chris Welsh,
Lloyd Rubidge.

The SA Closed placement of the remaining players are (assuming no withdrawals from the Contenders):
9-11: Bob Gale, Paul Steyn, Paul Edwards
12: James Nicolson
13-15: Ben Bredenkamp, Gordon Wells, Francois van Niekerk
16: Peet Brits

The Contenders will take place at the end of September, and the qualified participants are:
Victor Chow, Andrew Davies, Welile Gogotshe, Andre Connell, John Leuner, Sam Scott, Chris Welsh, Lloyd Rubidge.

Posted by Andre as SAGA, Tournaments at 12:07 PM, No Comments »

June 12th, 2016

Pandanet 13×13 Amateur World Go Championship registration open

Pandanet (IGS) is hosting their second 13×13 Amateur World Go Championship. Registration is open until June 19, see http://www.pandanet.co.jp/event/13ro_tournament/2nd/index_e.htm for official details.¬†The only requirement to play is having a Pandanet ID, with confirmed rank if you want to enter one of the two classes that use handicap. Entry to the main class does not require a confirmed rank.

I entered the tournament last year and enjoyed it. The format is very relaxed, at least for the preliminary rounds. Players have approximately two weeks to complete at least six 13×13 games in their class room. The games can be played at any convenient time and against anyone available in the room, so the time commitment to complete the required games is very low.¬†Players aiming to make the final rounds should be warned that they may find the time commitment much higher. The preliminary results from last year show that a number of competitors played over 40 games, and one player had 68 wins to just 3 losses. Points are computed by “wins / played + wins * 0.02” so while the ratio of wins to losses has the most significant impact on results, there is a benefit to players who have completed more games.

Overall, I enjoyed the flexible preliminary round structure, the opportunity to enter an international tournament, and the chance to apply my understanding of Go to a smaller board.

Posted by Michael Rapson as Announcements, Tournaments at 1:41 PM, No Comments »

June 8th, 2016

2016 WAGC

Interview with Andrew Davies, South Africa

Posted by Chris Welsh as WAGC at 7:04 AM, 1 Comment »