The South African Open is an annual tournament, open to all players, and organized by SAGA.
At the tournament, the following titles are up for grabs:
South African Open Champion
South African Open Youth Champion
South African Open Veteran Champion
South African Open African Players Champion
Prior to 1999, the South African Closed Champion was also decided at the South African Open Championship.
Record of previous tournaments (please mail me any information you may have):
|4||1996||Development Bank of South Africa, Midrand||Victor Chow, 5d||Charles Levitt, 4k|
|5||1997||Mark’s Park, Johannesburg||Victor Chow, 5d||Charles Levitt, 4k|
|6||1998||Westdene Recreation Center, Johannesburg||Victor Chow, 5d||Michael Yang, 4d||Charles Levitt, 4k||Paul Edwards, 1d|
|7||1999||Mark’s Park, Johannesburg||Victor Chow, 6d||Michael Yang, 4d||Charles Levitt, 7k||Chris Visser, 1k|
|8||2000||Westdene Recreation Center, Johannesburg||Martin Liu, 3d||Sipho Mampe, 5k||Paul Edwards, 1d||Paul Edwards, 1d|
|9||2001||Mark’s Park, Johannesburg||Victor Chow||Sipho Mampe/Michael Yang*||Toshio Kawamoto||Ben Gale|
|10||2002||Mark’s Park, Johannesburg||Victor Chow, 6d||Welile Gogotshe, 1k||T. Mark Hall, 4d||Julius Paulu, 1k|
|11||2003||Westdene Recreation Center, Johannesburg||Cheng Lai, 1d||Welile Gogotshe||Paul Edwards||Ben Gale|
|12||2004||Melpark School, Melville||Victor Chow||Sipho Mampe||Paul Edwards||Ben Gale|
|13||2005||Westdene Recreation Center, Johannesburg||Julius Paulu, 1d||Sipho Mampe||Paul Edwards||Julius Paulu, 1d|
|14||2006||Neelsie Student Centre, Stellenbosch||Victor Chow, 7d||Welile Gogotshe, 1d||Aketa Katsuyuki, 6d||Welile Gogotshe, 1d|
|15||2007||Kopanong Community Centre, Dobsonville||Ben Gale, 3d||Sipho Mampe, 1k||Paul Edwards, 1k||Ben Gale, 3d|
|16||2008||Western Province Cricket Club Sports Centre, Claremont||Victor Chow, 7d||Carle Joubert, 3k||Susuma Sawada, 5d||Ben Gale, 3d|
|17||2009||Warfair Club, Kensington, Joburg||Victor Chow, 7d||Ben Gale, 3d||Dave Gale||Ben Gale, 3d|
|18||2010||222 Giovanetti Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk, Pretoria||Andre Connell, 1d||Not awarded||Not awarded||Not awarded|
|19||2011||Kopanong Community Centre, Dobsonville||John Leuner, 1d||John Leuner, 1d|
The 11th SA Open (2003) was held in November.
*: According to the 2002 SA Open announcement, Sipho was the previous year’s winner, but the trophy has Michael Yang’s name inscribed on it for 2001.
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