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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 »

October 25th, 2015

2015 SA Closed Contenders

The 2015 SA Closed Candidates tournament was played at the Kairos School of Inquiry this past weekend. It was won as usual by Victor Chow with the maximum of 7 out of 7 wins. The real battle was for second place, which Andrew Davies took, with five wins.

For those unfamiliar with this event, it is the final stage of the South African Closed. It is a tournament only open to South African players, and qualification for this event takes place a few months earlier, in the South African Candidates tournament. Entry in that event is restricted to the best 16 players from around the country, based on results at regional tournaments.

Detailed results (winner in bold):

Round 1 (Friday)
Victor Chow 7d Bob Gale 2d
Andre Connell 3d John Leuner 3d
Welile Gogotshe 4d Chris Welsh 2d
Sam Scott 3d Andrew Davies 3d

Round 2 (Saturday)
Victor Chow 7d John Leuner 3d
Andre Connell 3d Bob Gale 2d
Welile Gogotshe 4d Andrew Davies 3d
Sam Scott 3d Chris Welsh 2d

Round 3 (Saturday)
Victor Chow 7d Chris Welsh 2d
Andre Connell 3d Andrew Davies 3d
Welile Gogotshe 4d Bob Gale 2d
Sam Scott 3d John Leuner 3d

Round 4 (Saturday)
Victor Chow 7d Andrew Davies 3d
Andre Connell 3d Chris Welsh 2d
Welile Gogotshe 4d John Leuner 3d
Sam Scott 3d Bob Gale 2d

Round 5 (Sunday)
Victor Chow 7d Sam Scott 3d
Andre Connell 3d Welile Gogotshe 4d
Andrew Davies 3d Bob Gale 2d
Chris Welsh 2d John Leuner 3d

Round 6 (Sunday)
Victor Chow 7d Welile Gogotshe 4d
Andre Connell 3d Sam Scott 3d
Andrew Davies 3d John Leuner 3d
Chris Welsh 2d Bob Gale 2d

Round 7 (Sunday)
Victor Chow 7d Andre Connell 3d
Welile Gogotshe 4d Sam Scott 3d
Andrew Davies 3d Chris Welsh 2d
John Leuner 3d Bob Gale 2d

Final placing (tie breakers are the head to head results):

1. Victor Chow 7d (7 wins)
2. Andrew Davies 3d (5 wins)
3. Welile Gogotshe 4d (4 wins)
4. Andre Connell 3d (4 wins)
5. John Leuner 3d (3 wins)
6. Chris Welsh 2d (3 wins)
7. Sam Scott 3d (2 wins)
8. Bob Gale 2d (0 wins)

Posted by Chris Welsh as News, SAGA, Tournaments at 11:47 PM, No Comments »

August 21st, 2014

SAGA AGM minutes available

The minutes of the 2014 SAGA AGM are now available. In addition, the SAGA council page has been updated to reflect the new council members and their portfolios. Sorry for the long delay!

Posted by Steve as News, SAGA at 3:34 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 »

March 26th, 2014

Notice of 2014 SAGA AGM and call for council nominations

Please see the notice of the 2014 SAGA AGM to be held on 24 May, as well as a call for nominations for a new council member, at this page.

Posted by Steve as Announcements, News, SAGA at 11:56 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 »

January 20th, 2014

Second call for 2014 membership renewals

This is the second call for all SAGA members to renew their membership for 2014 as soon as possible – preferably before 31 January 2014. 2013 memberships will expire on 31 March, however, to take part in tournaments it is required that you are a fully paid up member. Please note that membership fees for 2014 have, by recent vote, been increased to R150.00, but discounts have been granted for full time tertiary students, to R75.00, and primary or secondary school pupils, to R30.00. Please see the previous post for more details.

Posted by Paul Steyn as News, SAGA at 11:13 PM, No Comments »

January 8th, 2014

Please renew your SAGA membership for 2014

This is a call for all SAGA members to renew their membership for 2014 as soon as possible – preferably before 31 January 2014. Please note that membership fees for 2014 have, by recent vote, been increased to R150.00, but discounts have been granted for full time tertiary students, to R75.00, and primary or secondary school pupils, to R30.00. Your renewed membership will be valid for the 2014 calendar year. 2013 memberships will expire on 31 March, however, to take part in tournaments it is required that you are a fully paid up member. Details for how to renew your membership are available on the SAGA general information page (see the section: Joining SAGA/renewing your membership).

New members are also welcome to join for 2014 now. Membership is required for participation in the national tournaments co-ordinated by SAGA (the SA Open, SA Closed, and the quarterly internet tournaments on KGS). Also, only members earn credit points to qualify to represent South Africa at various international tournaments. All members registered on or before 31 January will additionally receive the members-only edition of the AGA newsletter, if they wish (if they do not wish to receive this newsletter, please opt out by mailing the membership secretary). Can all renewing their membership or applying for first time membership please email the membership secretary with their current club, preferred email address and optionally their cellphone number.

Finally, we are working on updating the SAGA credit points list for 2013. In order to receive credit points for 2013, you need to have been a member in 2013. Please check whether your name is listed as a 2013 member on this list, and contact me no later than 15 January if you should be listed, but are not.

Posted by Paul Steyn as News, SAGA at 2:06 AM, 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: http://plak.co.za/moreinfo/24928/ekuphumeleleni-primary-school

You can contact Arnold with any queries/offers to help at arnoldw@uj.ac.za .

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

April 30th, 2013

New SAGA council portfolios

After Last night’s SAGA council meeting, the portfolios for the new SAGA council have been finalized. Essentially, all portfolios remain the same, with Chris Welsh replacing David Richfield as president of the council. Full details are available at this page.

Posted by Steve as News, SAGA at 10:35 AM, No Comments »

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