Welcome to a new player, Andre Bergh, at 16kyu. And congratulations on a double promotion to 17 kyu for Riaan Swart.
This weekend was the 3rd quarter internet tournament. Ben will probably post a full report in time, but in the meantime, congratulations to Chris Visser, who beat Andrew Davies, Konrad Scheffler and Julius Paulu to win the top group. Julius, Ben Gale, and Clive Hunt notched up 2 victories to secure their spots in group 1 in the fourth quarter. Steve Kroon will join them as winner of group 2, while Bob Gale, Dave Gale and Jaco Swanepoel secured their places in group 2 with 2 wins each.
Last weekend saw the start of the 3rd Toyota-Denso World Oza finals in Japan. Victor Chow attended as the African representative, and played in the 3-way playoff with Oceania, represented by Australia’s Guo Yi Ming, and “rest-of-Asia”, represented by Yang Shi-hai, a 9-dan professional regarded as one of the world’s top 10 in the 1990’s, who qualified as Hong Kong’s representative. Victor killed a huge group of Guo’s in the first game, but in the second game against Yang, Victor lost some critical cutting stones, and resigned (if I understand correctly). The games are attached to Victor’s last post on the SAGA mailing list.
Between the 1st and 2nd games of the internet champs, the SAGA AGM was held. Everything went according to the minutes, with no surprises. A vote was held where the members decided in favour of getting Go recognized as an official sport in South Africa. I expect David will post the minutes on the site or on the wiki in time.
Update by Steve: Victor’s games in the playoff are available in this zip file.
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