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March 12th, 2017

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Japan Day 2017 – Blaauwklippen Wine Estate

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Posted by Gordon Wells as Uncategorized at 5:59 PM, No Comments »

January 7th, 2017

The Master game records

For those who don’t yet know, Deepmind’s AlphaGo (aka “The Master”) has notched a string of 60 plus victories against top pros online. This zip file should have most of the recent game records.

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October 14th, 2016

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.

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September 3rd, 2016

KPMC 2016

Best of luck to Lloyd Rubidge!, who’ll be representing South Africa at this year’s Korean Prime Minister’s Cup. The competition starts today and goes until September 9.

(if anyone knows of a valid link with live results, please let me know)

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August 25th, 2016

StelCon 2016

A reminder that we’ll be at StelCon this coming Saturday. It starts at 9 am and goes until 5 pm.

Venue: Academia Hall (Academia Residence), Bosman road, Stellenbosch

For more details, see here

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May 11th, 2016

Cape Town Open 2016

The Cape Town Open will take place on Saturday 14th May at A Touch Of Madness restaurant, in Observatory, Cape Town. Registration begins 9 am

Currently registered:
Andrew Davies, 3d
Sam Scott, 3d
Chris Welsh, 2d
Lloyd Rubidge, 1d
Paul Steyn, 2k
Francois van Niekerk, 3k
Gordon Wells, 7k
Michael Rapson, 9k
Rory Shea, 11k
Deon Moolman, 12k
HeJin Kim, 14k
Chris Goosen, 15k

Schedule:
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-omi of 25 moves in 10 minutes.

Draw:
MacMahon system with a suitable bar. 3k suggested (6 above, 6 below), but the TD will have final choice.

Cost:
None

Prizes:
None

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.

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March 26th, 2014

2014 Go Camp in Osaka

Our friend and teacher from Japan, Aketa Katsuyuki, has sent the following message on behalf of Maeda Ryo 6p, which is about a three week Summer training camp in Osaka later this year:

Dear Go friends,
This is Maeda Ryo 6p of Kansai-Kiin Japan.

I have been attending the US Go congress for the past 13 years.

Since last year, we started to hold an annual Osaka Go camp in Japan.
There were 32 participants from 12 countries in 2013.

The Go camp in 2014 will be from June 29th to July 19th .
We have league games in the mornings and full teaching programs in the
afternoons by professional players every day. The teaching programs will
be in English.
On holidays, we will also organize some day trips to places like Osaka
city, Kyoto, Nara, and a two day trip to Hiroshima and Innoshima (Honinbo
Shusaku Igo Memorial Museum), see our website:
https://www.ads.tuwien.ac.at/~hu/osaka_go/

The 2014 Osaka Go camp is also mentioned in the AGA Go E-journal:
https://www.usgo.org/news/2013/12/maeda-organizing-2014-go-camp-in-osaka/

If you are interested, please introduce this event to your country of Go
Association.

I promise that everyone can improve quite a lot through the camp and
will have a lot of fun!

Looking forward to seeing you in Osaka!

Posted by Chris Welsh as Uncategorized at 9:36 PM, 1 Comment »

August 21st, 2013

Johannesburg go club moving locations

Due to the refurbishments currently underway at the Rosebank Mall, a vote was taken to move the club venue. From next week we will be meeting at the Mike’s Kitchen in the Rosebank Zone mall, shop FF27.

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August 21st, 2013

Gauteng Blitz tournament

The Johannesburg go club held a blitz tournament last night (20 August) during the regular club meet. There was a lot of quick thinking and snap moves and after the dust settled, the final results were as follows:

1 – Nevar Angelo, 12k (5/6 wins)
2 – Harvey Zhang, 4d (4/6)
2 – Andre Connell, 2d (4/6)
2 – Ben Bredenkamp, 3k (4/6)
5 – John Leuner, 3d (3/6)
5 – Dave Gale, 3k (3/6)
5 – Jacobus van der Merwe, 9k (3/6)
8 – Bob Gale, 2d (2/6)
8 – David Richfield, 4k (2/6)
10 – Jon Tulett, 13k (0/6)

Congratulations to our current champion, Nevar! We’ll all be aiming to dethrone him at the next one :)

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July 25th, 2013

Go Promotion Video

An interesting video, more about the feeling of playing go rather than the game itself. A different way to promote the game, certainly: Go – More than a Game

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