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October 14th, 2016

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Stellenbosch Go Congress: 22 October 2016

Stellenbosch Go players are hosting the first Stellenbosch Go congress on 22 October at the Root44 market on the road between Stellenbosch and Somerset West. The aim is to introduce the game to many new players, provide a reason for active and past Go players and their families to socialize, and, of course, for a little over-the-board competition. The plan is to be there from at least 10am until the market closes (usually around 4pm).

We aim to have pamphlets about the game available for distribution, as well as some Go sets and books about the game for viewing and ordering. (Unfortunately, no actual sales are permitted at the venue, as the organizers are not registered as traders at the market.)

So, whether you actively play, have learned to play before and put it aside, or have just heard about the game and think you might be interested, bring your family to the Root 44 market on 22 October and join us. We’ll be seated at the tables next to the kids playing area.

Note: If you own one or more Go sets, please bring them along – we’d really like to make sure people interested in learning to play aren’t held back by a lack of equipment.

Posted by Gordon Wells as Cape Town, News, Stellenbosch, Uncategorized at 7:07 PM, No Comments »

May 16th, 2016

Cape Town Open 2016, Final Standings

The 2016 Cape Town Open was held on Saturday 14 May, at A Touch of Madness restaurant. Eleven players completed. Congratulations to Andrew Davies who won the tournament and was promoted to 4d. There was a tie for second place between Chris Welsh and Sam Scott. Chris Goosen also secured a promotion, to 14k.

The final standings were as follows:
1 Andrew Davies
2 Sam Scott
Chris Welsh
4 Paul Steyn
5 Francois van Niekerk
6 Lloyd Rubidge
7 Gordon Wells
8 Michael Rapson
9 Rory Shea
10 Deon Moolman
11 Chris Goosen

Thanks to all for participating!

Posted by Michael Rapson as Cape Town, Rank Changes, Stellenbosch, Tournaments at 9:41 PM, No Comments »

March 6th, 2016

Japan Day – Root 44

On Saturday 5 March SAGA took part in the Japanese Consulate of South Africa’s National Japan Day, hosted by the Root 44 Market just outside Stellenbosch. The turnout was excellent, and we were demonstrating the game throughout the day till after the last stalls had packed up. As with UCON and StelCon it was gratifying to see a lot of flyers being taken. Looking forward to the return of new faces to the club meets.

Posted by Gordon Wells as Cape Town, Gallery, Stellenbosch at 4:24 PM, 1 Comment »

August 5th, 2015

New shodan, new players at Cape Town Go club

Congratulations to Lloyd Rubidge, who was recently promoted to 1d after good results in the 2015 Winter League tournament.

The Cape Town club also welcomes a bunch new players (some old, some visiting):

Charles Rigby 20k
Gareth Priede 6k
Michael Rapson 10k
Magnus Lordan 2k (a visitor from Germany)
Matthew Cherry 19k

Posted by Chris Welsh as Cape Town, New members, Rank Changes at 8:48 AM, 2 Comments »

May 16th, 2015

Promotion at the Cape Town Club

Congratulations to Christiaan Maasdorp who has broken into the SDK ranks. He was promoted to 9k after his good performance at the Cape Town Open last weekend.

Edit: he was promoted to 8k shortly afterwards after good results in the Winter League. Congrats!

Posted by Chris Welsh as Cape Town, Rank Changes at 12:01 AM, No Comments »

May 9th, 2015

Andrew Davies wins Cape Town Open 2015

 Num   Pl   Name   Rank   Co  Club   NbW  R 1  R 2  R 3  MMS SOS SOSOS
Davies Andrew 3D 3 4+/w0 2+/b0 3+/b0 30 85 255
Welsh Chris 2D 2 3+/w0 1-/w0 5+/b0 29 85 255
Rubidge Lloyd 1K 1 2-/b0 5+/w0 1-/w0 28 86 254
Steyn Paul 2K 1 1-/b0 6+/w1 7-/w5 28 84 228
van Niekerk Francois 3K 0 8-/w6 3-/b0 2-/w0 27 84 237
Wells Gordon 6K 2 7+/w3 4-/b1 8+/w3 26 76 217
Maasdorp Christiaan 10K 2 6-/b3 8+/w0 4+/b5 22 67 226
Shea Rory 10K 1 5+/b6 7-/b0 6-/b3 21 66 227

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Posted by Chris Welsh as Cape Town, Tournaments at 5:51 PM, No Comments »

May 13th, 2014

Sam Scott retains Cape Town Open Title

The 2014 Cape Town open was won by Sam Scott 3d, with 3/3 wins. This was his third consecutive title. Second was Andrew Davies 3d, and third was Lloyd Rubidge 1k.

Full results
1. Sam Scott 3d
2. Andrew Davies 3d
3. Lloyd Rubidge 1k
4. Chris Welsh 2d
5. Paul Steyn 3k
6. Rory Shea 10k
7. Christiaan Maasdorp 10k

Posted by Chris Welsh as Cape Town, Tournaments at 12:27 AM, No Comments »

April 23rd, 2014

Cape Town Open 2014

The 2014 Cape Town Open Go Tournament will be held on Sat 10 May.

Venue: “A Touch of Madness” restaurant in Nuttall Road, Observatory.
We are given the venue free of charge, so we encourage players to support them by having lunch and refreshments there.

09:00 Registration
09:30 Round 1
11:45 Round 2
14:00 Lunch
15:00 Round 3

Time limits: 45 minutes each with byo-omi of 25 moves in 10 minutes.

Cost: Free Entry

The Cape Town Open is open to all players of all strengths. You do not have to be a member of SAGA to play.
This tournament is hosted by the Cape Town Go club and, for SAGA members, is a qualifying tournament for the annual South African Closed.

Please contact Andrew Davies if you would like to register at

Posted by adavies as Announcements, Cape Town, Tournaments at 1:14 PM, No Comments »

March 31st, 2014

SAGA president’s report – 2013/2014

Those who looked carefully might have noticed that a link to the SAGA President’s report for 2013/2014 was not included in the AGM notice. The report is now available on the SAGoClubs wiki, and gives a nice overview of Go activities in South Africa over the past year.

Posted by Steve as Cape Town, Joburg, News, SAGA, Tournaments at 7:59 AM, No Comments »

February 17th, 2014

RIP Sally Gross

I am sad to pass on this news from Lloyd Rubidge:

I am very sad to report that Sally’s body was found in her home on Friday night after friends and neighbours alerted the police that she had not been seen since Tuesday.

Many of you knew Sally Gross. She had a keen interest in Go for many, many years, and played when she could at A Touch of Madness, until her health problems made that too difficult for her.

She was a bright and caring person, and lived a full and varied life.

Rest in peace, Sally.

Posted by Steve as Cape Town, News at 10:19 AM, No Comments »

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