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Paul Edwards, outgoing President of the SAGA Council, writes:
The Annual General Meeting of the South African Go Association was successfully concluded on Saturday 10th with all proposed changes to the constitution having been accepted.
I am sure that all members will join me in welcoming the members of the new council. They are Konrad
Scheffler, David Richfield, Julius Paulu, Reinhardt Messershmidt, Victor Chow and Sakkie Buys.
Attached is the Annual Report of the Council. For those who do not take the time to read it, I quote the following paragraph.
“I would also like to extend my support to the newly elected SAGA council. In the last couple of years there has been, especially in the Gauteng region, some negativity expressed about the relevance of SAGA. In my opinion a strong association is essential if Go in South Africa is to expand and flourish. I therefore urge all Go players in South Africa to help that expansion by, in the first instance, becoming members of SAGA and then by becoming actively involved in regional and club development especially. If SAGA is to provide support for the development of Go players in SA it needs first to receive the support of South African Go players.”
There’s a new link under resources, which points to a page with mp3 files pronouncing a number of Japanese go terms. So if you’ve ever wondered how to say “kaketsugi” or even “hane”, and couldn’t figure it out from Hikaru No Go, check it out.
Note that the link is on this server, so players on the university network won’t need to use inetkey to get the files. Also, the quality of the mp3 files is not that great, but hopefully it’s good enough to figure the pronounciation out. Finally, if you want to download them all at once, you can get a zip file off the Swiss mirror linked to from the page. The zip file is about 900k.
Sakkie Buys has released an updated list of rankings and participation points to 7 May 2005. Some of the membership information is not up to date, so your participation point total may not be correct.
The new ranks have been updated in the Western Cape Rating table, and our local ranks have been synchronised with the national ranks. In particular, there have been some large promotions below 10 kyu.
Western Cape players whose ranks have been affected (new ranks in brackets): David Richfield (6k), Jaco Swanepoel (7k), Jaco Briers (8k), Florian Breuer (9k), Rory Beling (10k), Jan-Jan Briers (10k), Christina Auret (11k), Guillaume Binet (12k), Fan-Lin Wang (12k), James Gelant (14k), Ben Bredenkamp (16k), Hanno Botha (18k), Hugo van der Merwe (18k), Richard Clark (21k), Johannes van der Horst (22k), Hennie de Villiers (24k), Adrian Thom (24k), Eugene Terblanche (26k), PW Butler (27k), Serdyn du Toit (30k).
Finally, a hearty congratulations to Welile Gogotshe, South Africa’s newest 1-dan.
RoundGo uses the same rules as Go, but the board is different. Every point on the board has 4 liberties. Download the PDF of the board here. It prints on 4 A4 pages which you can then cut out and stick together for an interesting alternative when you’ve got fed up with shortage of liberties on the side of the usual Go board 😉