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March 8th, 2005

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Stellenbosch Handicap


These tournaments are held quarterly, and are open to everyone. They are designed for players of all strengths, so anyone should feel free to enter.

The entry fee for the tournament is typically R20, with a R5 discount for club members, and a R10 discount for SAGA members, or players who pay to join SAGA before the tournament. (SAGA charges R80/R35/R20 for normal/student/scholar membership for 2006). These discounts are cumulative. The prize money is usually R5 per entrant in the tournament, and is split evenly between all players that win all their games. (A single player is still named the tournament winner though, despite possibly sharing the prize money.)

The tournaments are 3-round Swiss tournaments, where we attempt to ensure handicaps are small. Any unpaired player in a round is awarded a win, and the tie-breaking mechanism used will be SOS, then SOSOS.

Note that there are no time limits if we don’t have clocks. In this case, we have to rely on all players to be reasonable in their use of time. In general, it should be unreasonable to use more than 75 minutes per player, so if your match is approaching 2 1/2 hours, and you think you’re taking longer than your opponent, you should speed up dramatically. Without clocks, if a player is present at the scheduled time, he will win if his opponent has not arrived within 30 minutes of the agreed time; if neither player is present at the scheduled time, both players will be awarded a loss.

Handicaps are based on player ranks on our local ranking system when entries close. For rank differences larger than 9 stones, every additional rank difference will be compensated for by 10 points of komi awarded to black. Otherwise, white will receive 0.5 komi in all games to eliminate jigo, and 6.5 komi in the case of even games.

Previous winners:

Number When Winner Rank
1 1st Quarter 2005 Jaco Swanepoel 12k
2 2nd Quarter 2005 Florian Breuer 10k
3 3rd Quarter 2005 Louis de Jager 25k
4 4th Quarter 2005 Hugo van der Merwe 14k
5 1st Quarter 2006 David Richfield 6k
6 2nd Quarter 2006 David Richfield 6k
3rd Quarter 2006 – (Not held)

Tournament stats:

  • B – Number of games won by Black
  • W – Number of games won by White
  • %B – Percentage of games won by Black (B/(B+W)*100)
  • Worst Handis – The three worst handicaps in the tournament, 15 means 9H+59.5 reverse komi
  • Rank Spread – The difference in rank of the strongest and weakest players in the tournament
Number When B W %B Worst Handis # of Entries Rank Spread
1 2005-1 ? ? 15,12,12 13 16
2 2005-2 8 7 53% 11,9,9 10 18
3 2005-3 10 4 72% 12,11,9 10 25
4 2005-4 6 3 67% 7,6,5 6 9
5 2006-1 10 8 56% 16,11,10 13 26
6 2006-2 2 6 25% 13,12,11 7 20
2006-3

I’m considering more stats like mean handicap, median handicap, % of games with >9H, % of games with <5H, but maybe all of this (including the above) is a little pointless? Feedback can be sent to spam.hugo@gmail.com, thanks! History

From the 3rd quarter of 2006, the tournaments were opened to all players, with club members receiving a discount on the entry fee, which was increased. Also, the tournament was changed to be run on one day during a weekend, rather than being spread out over club meetings as in the past.

Before some changes for the 3rd quarter tournament of 2006, the rules of the tournament were as below:

These tournaments are held quarterly, and are open to club members only. They are designed for players of all strengths, so anyone should feel free to enter.

The entry fee for the tournament is typically R15, with a R10 discount for SAGA members, or players who join SAGA before the tournament. (SAGA charges R80/R35/R20 for normal/student/scholar membership for 2006). The prize money is usually R5 per entrant in the tournament, and is split evenly between all players that win all their games. (A single player is still named the tournament winner though, despite possibly sharing the prize money.)

The tournaments are 3-round Swiss tournaments, where we attempt to ensure handicaps are small. Any unpaired player in a round is awarded a win, and the tie-breaking mechanism used will be SOS, then SOSOS. The rounds typically take place at the regular club meetings, one round every 2 weeks, although players may reschedule matches if they wish.

Note that there are no time limits (since we don’t have clocks). We thus have to rely on all players to be reasonable in their use of time. In general, it should be unreasonable to use more than 75 minutes per player, so if your match is approaching 2 1/2 hours, and you think you’re taking longer than your opponent, you should speed up dramatically. Players may agree to play subject to shorter or longer “reasonable time allowances”, or using clocks if feasible, if they wish. Under agreement, matches may be rescheduled, subject to match results being received on time. If a player is present at the scheduled (or agreed) time, he will win if his opponent has not arrived within 30 minutes of the agreed time. If no player is present at the scheduled time, both players will be awarded a loss, unless they reschedule, play and submit the result before the deadline. We request all players to co-operate as far as possible in re-scheduling matches. In case of problems with rescheduling matches and time limits or other issues, please contact the tournament organiser.

Handicaps are based on player ranks on our local ranking system when entries close. For rank differences larger than 9 stones, every additional rank difference will be compensated for by 10 points of komi awarded to black. Otherwise, white will receive 0.5 komi in all games to eliminate jigo, and 6.5 komi in the case of even games.

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