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December 26th, 2017

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Stellenbosch Open 2017, Final Standings

The Stellenbosch Open was held on Saturday 25 November with a smaller field due to end of year business. Nevertheless close games and a fun time were had by all who could attend.

Final Standings:

1. Andrew Davies 4D MMS 28
2. Chris Welsh* 2D MMS 26
3. Michael Rapson 5K MMS 26
4. Francois van Niekerk 4K MMS 26
5. Christiaan Maasdorp 7K MMS 25
6. Martin Berglund 8K MMS 24
7. Alastair Sloan 8K MMS 23
8. Meyer Elizabeth 14K MMS 17

* Chris Welsh had to concede his round one game due to a work conflict.

Posted by Michael Rapson as Stellenbosch, Tournaments at 3:58 AM, No Comments »

December 26th, 2017

Cape Town Open 2017, Final Standings

The 2017 Cape Town Open was held on Saturday 20 May and 14 players took part. The competition was close, with a number of players ending on identical McMahon scores, going to sum-of-score tiebreakers. 3rd and 5th place were particularly close, ending in draws even after tiebreakers.

The full results:

1. Andrew Davies 4D MMS 29
2. Sam Scott 3D MMS 28
3. Chris Welsh 1D and Paul Steyn 1K MMS 28
5. Lloyd Rubidge 1D and Ben Bredenkamp 2K MMS 27
7. Francois van Niekerk 3K MMS 27
8. Riaan Swart 4K MMS 26
9. Michael Rapson 7K MMS 26
10. Deon Moolman 8K MMS 24
11. Christiaan Maasdorp 8K MMS 23
12. Trevor Hill 9K MMS 22
13. Dariaan Raad 10K MMS 21
14. Tinus Cloete 10K MMS 21

Michael Rapson was promoted to 6K after his result in this tournament.

Posted by Michael Rapson as Cape Town, Tournaments at 3:47 AM, No Comments »

December 16th, 2017

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 »

July 7th, 2017

Victor Chow’s games from the 2017 Samsung Cup

Victor Chow shares his recent games in the 2017 Samsung Cup, along with some commentary on each one.





Posted by Chris Welsh as Game records, Game Reviews, Tournaments at 7:17 PM, No Comments »

May 17th, 2017

2017 Cape Town Open Announced

Date: Saturday, 20th May, 20

Venue: Edison Stone – 49 Bell Crescent, Westlake Business park Google Maps Link

09:00 Registration
09:30 Round 1
11:45 Round 2
14:00 Lunch
15:00 Round 3
17:30 “Prize” giving (TBD)

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

Draw: MacMahon system with the bar set by tournament director

Cost: None

Prizes: Winners will be announced in various categories, depending on how many players enter.

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.

Tournament director: Michael Rapson

Registered so far (note that you can register on the day):

Andrew Davies 4d
Sam Scott 3d
Chris Welsh 2d
Lloyd Rubidge 1d
Paul Steyn 1k
Francois van Niekerk 3k
Michael Rapson 7k
Deon Moolman 8k
Christiaan Maasdorp 8k
Dariaan Raad ~10k
Tinus Cloete 10k
Martin Berglund (visitor from Sweden, Christiaan?)
Llew Adamson ~20k

Posted by Chris Welsh as Cape Town, Tournaments at 9:57 AM, 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 »

July 6th, 2016

Pretoria / Gauteng Blitz handicap tournament

The annual Pretoria & Gauteng Blitz handicap tournament will take place on the 23rd of July.

Brett has arranged a dedicated section for us at the Cool Runnings pub in Centurion – the tournament will start at 11am.

All players welcome, bring your quick wits!

Posted by Andre as Joburg, Pretoria, Tournaments at 11:26 AM, 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 »

June 12th, 2016

Pandanet 13×13 Amateur World Go Championship registration open

Pandanet (IGS) is hosting their second 13×13 Amateur World Go Championship. Registration is open until June 19, see for official details. The only requirement to play is having a Pandanet ID, with confirmed rank if you want to enter one of the two classes that use handicap. Entry to the main class does not require a confirmed rank.

I entered the tournament last year and enjoyed it. The format is very relaxed, at least for the preliminary rounds. Players have approximately two weeks to complete at least six 13×13 games in their class room. The games can be played at any convenient time and against anyone available in the room, so the time commitment to complete the required games is very low. Players aiming to make the final rounds should be warned that they may find the time commitment much higher. The preliminary results from last year show that a number of competitors played over 40 games, and one player had 68 wins to just 3 losses. Points are computed by “wins / played + wins * 0.02” so while the ratio of wins to losses has the most significant impact on results, there is a benefit to players who have completed more games.

Overall, I enjoyed the flexible preliminary round structure, the opportunity to enter an international tournament, and the chance to apply my understanding of Go to a smaller board.

Posted by Michael Rapson as Announcements, Tournaments at 1:41 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 »

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