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December 16th, 2017

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SA Closed tournament: Contenders 2017 results

Final Results from the 2017 round robin championships

1. Victor Chow 7d (7 wins)
2. Andrew Davies 4d (6 wins)
3. Andre Connell 3d (4 wins)
4. Chris Welsh 2d (4 wins)
5. Sam Scott 3d (3 wins)
6. Paul Edwards 1d (3 wins)
7. Lloyd Rubidge 1d (1 win)
8. James Nicolson 2k (0 wins)

Victor, Andrew, Andre and Chris automatically qualify for the event next year.

Posted by Chris Welsh as SAGA, Tournaments at 4:17 PM, No Comments »

January 23rd, 2017

Please renew your SAGA membership for 2017

This is a call for all SAGA members to renew their membership for 2017 as soon as possible. 2016 memberships will expire on 31 March.

Please note that membership fees for 2017 remain the same as for 2016, at R200.00, but discounts have been granted for full time tertiary students, to R100.00, and primary or secondary school pupils, to R50.00. Your renewed membership will be valid for the 2017 calendar year. 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 2017 now. Membership is required for participation in the national tournaments co-ordinated by SAGA (the SA Open, SA Closed, and the quarterly internet or league tournaments on KGS). Also, only members earn credit points to qualify to represent South Africa at various international tournaments. All members who have signed up or renewed before 01 March 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 2016. In order to receive credit points for 2016, you need to have been a member in 2016. Please check whether your name is listed as a member on this list, and contact me no later than 06 February if you should be listed, but are not.

Posted by Paul Steyn as Announcements, SAGA at 9:57 PM, No Comments »

November 7th, 2016

European Team Championship 2016/2017 Round Two Game Records

A couple of weeks ago the second round of the Pandanet Go European Team Championship 2016/2017 was played. South Africa, currently in the C League, faced Bulgaria. This time we managed a clean sweep, winning all four games. Andrew has reviewed his game, and Victor has kindly reviewed not only his own game, but Andrew’s review as well.

Original Game Records:
2016-10-25-round-2-board-1-youngpro-roseduke
2016-10-25-round-2-board-2-adavies-feanor
2016-10-25-round-2-board-3-nem-iaznab
2016-10-25-round-2-board-4-sente-semdd

Reviewed game Records:
2016-10-25-round-2-board-1-youngpro-roseduke-reviewed
2016-10-25-round-2-board-2-adavies-feanor-reviewed

Posted by Paul Steyn as EGF, Game records, Game Reviews, SAGA at 12:52 AM, No Comments »

October 24th, 2016

European Team Championship 2016/2017 Round One Game Records

A couple of weeks ago the first round of the Pandanet Go European Team Championship 2016/2017 was played. South Africa, currently in the C League, faced Lithuania, one of the stronger teams in the C League. There were some hard-fought, close games, and we managed a 2-2 result. Both Chris and Andrew have reviewed their games, and Victor has kindly reviewed not only his own game, but their reviews as well.

These games take place on average once every three weeks (schedule here) online on IGS. I have found that watching one or two of the games live gives one a much better feel for the game that really helps one understand the reviews, and this is a good way to help one improve.

Original Game Records:
2016-10-04-round-1-board-1-roseduke-andrius
2016-10-04-round-1-board-2-vladasltu-adavies
2016-10-04-round-1-board-3-iaznab-hurakami
2016-10-04-round-1-board-4-liquid-sente

Reviewed game Records:
2016-10-04-round-1-board-1-roseduke-andrius-reviewed
2016-10-04-round-1-board-2-vladasltu-adavies-reviewed
2016-10-04-round-1-board-4-liquid-sente-reviewed.

Posted by Paul Steyn as EGF, Game records, Game Reviews, SAGA at 10:00 PM, No Comments »

September 25th, 2016

SA Closed tournament: Contenders 2016 results

The finals of the 2016 SA Closed were held on 23-25 September in Cape Town.

The players participating were:

Andrew Davies 4d
Welile Gogotshe 4d
Andre Connell 3d
Sam Scott 3d
Bob Gale 2d
Chris Welsh 2d
Lloyd Rubidge 1d

The 8th player was Victor Chow 7d, who did not come for the event. The players will play against him online. The results of those games are likely to be formalities.

*Update. Victor won all seven games and is the 2016 Champion.

The over the board games were essentially for second place, but were as keenly contested nonetheless. Two of the players from Johannesburg, Andre and Welile, were a little sick, and they didn’t necessarily show their full strength. Welile, in particular, who was probably the favourite, and certainly achieved the highest result on a number of occasions, only managed to achieve one win this time around.

The final results were

1. Victor Chow (7 wins)
2. Andrew Davies (6 wins)
3. Andre Connell (4 wins)
4. Chris Welsh (4 wins)
5. Sam Scott (3 wins)
6. Lloyd Rubidge (2 wins)
7. Bob Gale (1 win)
8. Welile Gogotshe (1 win)

This means that Victor, Andrew, Andre and Chris pre-qualify the Contenders in 2017.

A reminder that the tie breaks are firstly the head to head result, and if that doesn’t work, then position in the previous tournament.

Detailed results

Round 1

Andrew beat Bob
Andre beat Chris sgf
Sam beat Welile sgf

Round 2

Chris beat Welile sgf
Andrew beat Lloyd
Andre beat Sam

Round 3

Andrew beat Sam sgf
Bob beat Welile sgf
Andre beat Lloyd sgfe

Round 4

Andrew beat Chris sgf
Lloyd beat Welile sgf
Andre beat Bob sgf

Round 5

Andrew beat Welile
Sam beat Bob
Chris beat Lloyd sgf

Round 6

Andrew beat Andre
Sam beat Lloyd
Chris beat Bob

Round 7

Welile beat Andre
Chris beat Sam sgf
Lloyd beat Bob

Posted by Chris Welsh as SAGA, Tournaments at 6:54 PM, No Comments »

June 13th, 2016

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 »

March 14th, 2016

Gauteng open 2016

The 2016 Gauteng open was held on Sunday 13 March. The event was held at the Kairos school of inquiry, and well attended by players from Johannesburg, Pretoria and Soweto clubs.

Three tough rounds led to the following final standings:
1 Connell Andre
2 Gogotshe Welile
3 Leuner John
4 Nicholson James
5 Edwards Paul
6 Loon Marc
7 Brits Peet
8 Thompson Alan
9 Cloete Tinus
10 Meyer Elizabeth
11 Botha Theuns
Gita Sechaba
13 Mokwena Thabo

Thanks to all for participating!

Posted by Andre as Joburg, Pretoria, SAGA, Tournaments at 9:49 AM, No Comments »

January 25th, 2016

Please renew your SAGA membership for 2016

This is a call for all SAGA members to renew their membership for 2016 as soon as possible. 2015 memberships will expire on 31 March.

Please note that membership fees for 2016 have been increased to R200.00, but discounts have been granted for full time tertiary students, to R100.00, and primary or secondary school pupils, to R50.00. Your renewed membership will be valid for the 2016 calendar year. 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 2016 now. Membership is required for participation in the national tournaments co-ordinated by SAGA (the SA Open, SA Closed, and the quarterly internet or league tournaments on KGS). Also, only members earn credit points to qualify to represent South Africa at various international tournaments. All members who have signed up or renewed before 01 March 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 2015. In order to receive credit points for 2015, you need to have been a member in 2015. Please check whether your name is listed as a member on this list, and contact me no later than 08 February if you should be listed, but are not.

Posted by Paul Steyn as Announcements, SAGA at 3:55 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 »

July 16th, 2015

2015 Contenders date and location finalized

The contenders stage of the 2015 SA Closed will take place on the weekend of 23-25 October in Johannesburg. A specific venue is still to be decided. The first round match will be on the evening of Friday 23 October, with three matches each on Saturday and Sunday.

The contenders are

Victor Chow
Andre Connell
Welile Gogotshe
Sam Scott
Andrew Davies
Chris Welsh
John Leuner
Bob Gale

Posted by Chris Welsh as SAGA, Tournaments at 6:16 PM, No Comments »

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