1st Western Cape Closed (Meijin)
Please note that this tournament is structured to allow beginners to obtain tournament experience in the early rounds, so there is no need to be hesitant to enter if you feel under-qualified.
As announced, the preliminary seeding of the reserved positions for the 2005 Western Cape Closed Go Tournament was based on the results of the 2004 Western Cape Open Go Tournament held in Stellenbosch on 23 October 2004. For more details about the Western Cape Closed, see the announcement.
There are 7 reserved positions in the tournament, held by various players: usually these will be the title holder, and the 6 players from the league in the previous year. However, for 2005, they will be:
Reserved Player 1: Konrad Scheffler (Honorary Western Cape Meijin)
Konrad will have to defend his honrary title against the winner of the challenger’s league.
Reserved Player 2: Lloyd Rubidge
Reserved Player 3: Andrew Davies
Reserved Player 4: Shuitao Fan
Reserved Player 5: David Richfield
These 4 players are automatically seeded into the Challenger’s League, a six-player round robin.
Reserved Player 6: Steve Kroon
Steve is automatically seeded into Preliminary Round 3A, a 4-player round robin, with the winner qualifying for the challenger’s league.
Reserved Player 7: Daniel Wium
Daniel is automatically seeded into Preliminary Round 3B, a 4-player round robin, with the winner qualifying for the challenger’s league.
Further entrants – entries closed
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- Florian Breuer
- Reinhardt Messerschmidt
- Riaan Swart
- Jaco Swanepoel
- Dale Wilcox
- Christina Auret
- Rory Beling
- Bernard Broens
Draw for Preliminary Round 1
These matches must be completed by 15 May 2005. All games are even games, with colours being determined by nigiri, and White receiving 6.5 komi. It is up to the entrants to arrange a time and place for their match and to send the result to Steve Kroon.
Pool 1: Reinhardt Messerschmidt vs Riaan Swart – Riaan Swart forfeited
Pool 2: Bernard Broens (B) bt Christina Auret (W)
Pool 3: Jaco Swanepoel vs Dale Wilcox – Dale has withdrawn from the competition
Florian Breuer (B) bt. Rory Beling (W)
EXCISED001 (B) bt. Rory Beling (W)
Florian Breuer (B) bt.EXCISED001 (W)
What happened next?
Florian (who won pool 4) and Reinhardt (winner of pool 1) joined Daniel in Preliminary Round 3B, while Bernard (who won pool 2) and Jaco (winner of pool 3) joined Steve in Preliminary Round 3A. Riaan and Christina (the losers in pools 1 and 2), and EXCISED001 (the second placed player in pool 4) proceeded to Preliminary Round 2. (Dale would also have played in this pool if he had not withdrawn.)
Draw for Preliminary Round 2
These matches must be completed by 7 August 2005. All games are even games, with colours being determined by nigiri, and White receiving 6.5 komi. It is up to the entrants to arrange a time and place for their match and to send the result to Steve Kroon. This round is a round robin between Christina Auret, Riaan Swart and EXCISED001.
EXCISED001 vs Christina Auret
EXCISED001 vs Riaan Swart
Christina Auret vs Riaan Swart
What happened next?
None of the matches in the round were completed before the deadline. As a result, the players to progress had to be assigned randomly. Christina Auret advanced to Preliminary Round 3A, while EXCISED001 advanced to Preliminary Round 3B. Usually, the winner of the round robin Preliminary Round 2 would proceed to Preliminary Round 3B, and the second placed player would proceed to Preliminary Round 3A.
Draw for Preliminary Round 3
These matches must be completed by 11 September 2005.
Preliminary Round 3A:
Preliminary Round 3B:
Preliminary Rounds 3A, and 3B will all be round robins, with number of victories deciding position. In the case of a draw, results between the players involved in the draw will be used to determine relative positions. If this does not end the tie-break, the tied positions will be allotted randomly.
Congratulations to Jaco Swanepoel and Reinhardt Messerschmidt, who qualified for the Meijin Challengers’ League by winning Preliminary Rounds 3A and 3B respectively.
What happened next?
Jaco and Reinhardt would now join the other 4 players who were seeded into the Meijin Challengers’ League.
However, David Richfield has withdrawn from the challengers’ league – so only 5 players will participate in the league this year. David is thus automatically placed 6th and will have to try to qualify for the league again next year. The last-placed player in the league will also have to attempt to qualify for a position in the league next year, while positions 2-4 and the loser of the title match will be seeded into next years’ league directly. Note that position in the league is important since league ties in future years will be decided on the basis of position in the previous years’ league.
The Challengers’ League will be a 6-player round robin held over the weekend of 8-9 October at the house of Andrew Davies. Time limits for these matches are 1 hour each, with 20 stones/5 minutes Canadian byo-yomi. In the case of a league tie, a play-off will be held between the involved players as soon as can be arranged after the league.
Challengers’ League table:
The draw for the round robin league is as follows (note that the rounds were played in a different order than the original schedule):
Round 1, Saturday 09h30 (game winners will be shown in bold):
|Andrew Davies (W)||Reinhardt Messerschmidt (B)|
|Lloyd Rubidge (W)||Jaco Swanepoel (B)|
Round 2, Saturday 13h00 (game winners will be shown in bold):
|Lloyd Rubidge (W)||Shui-Tao Fan (B)|
|Jaco Swanepoel (W)||Reinhardt Messerschmidt (B)|
Round 3, Saturday 15h45 (game winners will be shown in bold):
|Jaco Swanepoel (W)||Andrew Davies (B)|
|Reinhardt Messerschmidt (W)||Shui-Tao Fan (B)|
Round 4, Sunday 09h30 (game winners will be shown in bold):
|Reinhardt Messerschmidt (W)||Lloyd Rubidge (B)|
|Shui-Tao Fan (W)||Andrew Davies (B)|
Round 5, Sunday 13h00 (game winners will be shown in bold):
|Shui-Tao Fan (W)*||Jaco Swanepoel (B)*|
|Andrew Davies (W)||Lloyd Rubidge (B)|
*: This game was postponed and played on KGS on 13 November 2005
What happened next?
As winner of the Challengers’ League, Andrew Davies earned the right to challenge Konrad Scheffler to be the 1st holder of the Western Cape Meijin title. Konrad was declared honorary Western Cape Meijin, and was seeded directly into the final after winning the 2004 Western Cape Open.
The first game of the best-of-3 final was held on 25th October at the Cape Town club, and was won by Konrad Scheffler (Game record here).
The second game was held on 8 November at the Cape Town club, and Konrad Scheffler won the game to claim the title (Game record here).
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