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September 25th, 2016

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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 http://www.pandanet.co.jp/event/13ro_tournament/2nd/index_e.htm 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 »

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 »

February 25th, 2016

Andrew Davies wins 1st Quarter Tournament of 2016

The first quarter tournament of 2016 enjoyed a field of 12 players, a big increase from the six of 2015. Andrew Davies won group 1, and Tinus Cloete won group 2.

Full Results

Group 1:

1st place: Andrew Davies 3d (3 wins)
2nd place: Andre Connell 3d, Sam Scott 3d, Chris Welsh 2d (2 wins)
5th place: Ben Bredenkamp 2k, Marc Loon 5k, Peet Brits 6k (1 win)
8th place: Gordon Wells 6k

Group 2:

1st place: Tinus Cloete 13k (3 wins)
2nd place: Michael Rapson 9k, Elizabeth Meyer 15k, Chris Goosen 17k (1 win)

There were some rank changes after these results:

Tinus Cloete, promoted to 11k
Elizabeth Meyer, promoted to 14k
Chris Goosen, promoted to 16k

Unfortunately, Michael Rapson was demoted to 10k after having to play some up and coming players at difficult handicaps.

Posted by Chris Welsh as Rank Changes, Tournaments at 11:37 PM, No Comments »

February 18th, 2016

2016 first quarter Internet Tournament

This is a call for entries for 1st internet tournament of 2016, taking place this Saturday, 20 Feb. More players are welcome. Please let us know if you’d like to play (or be on-line in good time on the day). If you have not used OGS before – please ensure that you are set-up correctly before 9:00am (preferably the day before).

Date: Sat 20 Feb
Time: 09:00 (Tournament Registration)
Place: OGS in the South African Group
Tournament director: Chris Welsh

It will follow the usual format:

Each group will have 8 players (except the lowest rated group) 45min each per game with 25/10 Canadian byo-yomi
3 games, first one starting at 09:15, 2nd at 11:45, 3rd at 14:00
2 games will be played before lunch

This tournament is intended for SAGA members only. Please make sure your membership for 2016 is paid up.

Registered participants:

Andrew Davies, 3d
Andre Connell, 3d
Sam Scott, 3d
Chris Welsh, 2d
Ben Bredenkamp, 2k
Peet Brits, 6k
Gordon Wells, 6k
Michael Rapson, 9k
Tinus Cloete, 13k
Elizabeth Meyer, 15k
Chris Goosen, 17k

Posted by Chris Welsh as Tournaments at 4:39 PM, No Comments »

November 28th, 2015

KPMC 2015 Update

Chris Welsh was this year’s South African representative at the KPMC. After an unfortunate series of pairings (15k, 1k, 2 dan, 7 dan and 2×5 dan) he won 2/6 games.

Posted by Gordon Wells as KPMC, Tournaments at 9:05 AM, No Comments »

November 9th, 2015

Andrew Davies wins 2015 Stellenbosch Open

Andrew Davies 3d won the 2015 Stellenbosch Open

Detailed results follow

Round 1

 Tble   White   Black   Hd   Res 
1 Scott Sam(3D)  van Niekerk Francois(3K)  1-0 
2 Welsh Chris(2D)  Davies Andrew(3D, )  0-1 
3 Wells Gordon(6K)  Maasdorp Christiaan(8K)  1-0 
4 Moolman Deon(15K)  Rigby Charles(18K)  0-1 

Round 2

 Tble   White   Black   Hd   Res 
1 Davies Andrew(3D)  Scott Sam(3D)  1-0 
2 Welsh Chris(2D)  van Niekerk Francois(3K)  1-0 
3 Wells Gordon(6K)  Moolman Deon(15K)  1-0 
4 Maasdorp Christiaan(8K)  Rigby Charles(18K)  0-1 

Round 3

 Tble   White   Black   Hd   Res 
1 Scott Sam(3D)  Welsh Chris(2D)  0-1 
2 Davies Andrew(3D)  Wells Gordon(6K)  1-0 
3 van Niekerk Francois(3K)  Rigby Charles(18K)  1-0 
4 Maasdorp Christiaan(8K)  Moolman Deon(15K  1-0 

Final Standings

 Num   Pl   Name   Grade   Co   Club   NbW  R 1  R 2  R 3  MMS SOS SOSOS
Davies Andrew 3D 3 2+/b0 3+/w0 5+/w3 34 94 270
Welsh Chris 2D 2 1-/w0 4+/w2 3+/b0 33 96 275
Scott Sam 3D 1 4+/w2 1-/b0 2-/w0 32 97 274
van Niekerk Francois 3K 1 3-/b2 2-/b2 8+/w9 28 84 242
Wells Gordon 6K 2 6+/w0 7+/w8 1-/b3 26 77 212
Maasdorp Christiaan 8K 1 5-/b0 8-/w7 7+/w5 23 67 177
Moolman Deon 15K 0 8-/w1 5-/b8 6-/b5 15 51 193
Rigby Charles 18K 2 7+/b1 6+/b7 4-/b9 14 49 202

Posted by Chris Welsh as Stellenbosch, Tournaments at 3:17 PM, No Comments »

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