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February 27th, 2006

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Victor “Roseduke” Chow claims victory in African Oza

In the African representative match, relayed live to around 150 viewers on KGS, Victor “Roseduke” Chow (7d) claimed victory over Cheng Lai (2d), to claim the right to represent Africa in the Africa-Oceania-rest of Asia playoff for their sole berth in the final 32 of the Toyota-Denso World Go Oza. Oceania’s representative for the 3rd time running is Guo Yiming, while it is not yet clear who the representative for the “rest of Asia” will be.

Cheng was eliminated from the winner’s bracket by Victor, but claimed the right to meet him in the representative match once again by winning the losers bracket. The final of the loser’s bracket was a tight affair, but Ben Gale (3d) eventually lost on time, with his hand just millimetres from his clock’s button, and safety.

Victor also claimed the South African Open title once again, with his fiancee, Zhou Ya (5d), walking away with second place. Zhou Ya, known in South Africa by her Japanese nickname “Aki”, also won the Best Lady and Best Student prizes comfortably. Third prize went to the visiting Go teacher from the Kansai Ki-in, Aketa Katsuyuki, who also won the Veteran’s prize. Welile Gogotshe claimed the youth prize, narrowly edging out Aki.

A full prize list, as well as the full results, should be posted in the course of this week.

Once again, many thanks to the players who came from far away to participate, particularly the African representative. Also, our thanks to the Nihon Ki-in, as well as the sponsors, the Toyota Corporation and the Denso Corporation.

Posted by Steve in Pro News, Tournaments

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