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December 16th, 2017

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SA Closed tournament: Contenders 2017 results

Final Results from the 2017 round robin championships

1. Victor Chow 7d (7 wins)
2. Andrew Davies 4d (6 wins)
3. Andre Connell 3d (4 wins)
4. Chris Welsh 2d (4 wins)
5. Sam Scott 3d (3 wins)
6. Paul Edwards 1d (3 wins)
7. Lloyd Rubidge 1d (1 win)
8. James Nicolson 2k (0 wins)

Victor, Andrew, Andre and Chris automatically qualify for the event next year.

Posted by Chris Welsh as SAGA, Tournaments at 4:17 PM, No Comments »

July 7th, 2017

Victor Chow’s games from the 2017 Samsung Cup

Victor Chow shares his recent games in the 2017 Samsung Cup, along with some commentary on each one.

2017SumsungCupWDRound1VChow-RyanLi

2017SumsungCupWDRound2VChow-AJarbalin

2017SumsungCupWDRound3Elu-VChow

2017SumsungCupWDRound4MSurma-VChow

Posted by Chris Welsh as Game records, Game Reviews, Tournaments at 7:17 PM, No Comments »

May 17th, 2017

2017 Cape Town Open Announced

Date: Saturday, 20th May, 20

Venue: Edison Stone – 49 Bell Crescent, Westlake Business park Google Maps Link

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-yomi of 25 moves in 10 minutes.

Draw: MacMahon system with the bar set by tournament director

Cost: None

Prizes: Winners will be announced in various categories, depending on how many players enter.

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.

Tournament director: Michael Rapson

Registered so far (note that you can register on the day):

Andrew Davies 4d
Sam Scott 3d
Chris Welsh 2d
Lloyd Rubidge 1d
Paul Steyn 1k
Francois van Niekerk 3k
Michael Rapson 7k
Deon Moolman 8k
Christiaan Maasdorp 8k
Dariaan Raad ~10k
Tinus Cloete 10k
Martin Berglund (visitor from Sweden, Christiaan?)
Llew Adamson ~20k

Posted by Chris Welsh as Cape Town, Tournaments at 9:57 AM, No Comments »

September 25th, 2016

SA Closed tournament: Contenders 2016 results

The finals of the 2016 SA Closed were held on 23-25 September in Cape Town.

The players participating were:

Andrew Davies 4d
Welile Gogotshe 4d
Andre Connell 3d
Sam Scott 3d
Bob Gale 2d
Chris Welsh 2d
Lloyd Rubidge 1d

The 8th player was Victor Chow 7d, who did not come for the event. The players will play against him online. The results of those games are likely to be formalities.

*Update. Victor won all seven games and is the 2016 Champion.

The over the board games were essentially for second place, but were as keenly contested nonetheless. Two of the players from Johannesburg, Andre and Welile, were a little sick, and they didn’t necessarily show their full strength. Welile, in particular, who was probably the favourite, and certainly achieved the highest result on a number of occasions, only managed to achieve one win this time around.

The final results were

1. Victor Chow (7 wins)
2. Andrew Davies (6 wins)
3. Andre Connell (4 wins)
4. Chris Welsh (4 wins)
5. Sam Scott (3 wins)
6. Lloyd Rubidge (2 wins)
7. Bob Gale (1 win)
8. Welile Gogotshe (1 win)

This means that Victor, Andrew, Andre and Chris pre-qualify the Contenders in 2017.

A reminder that the tie breaks are firstly the head to head result, and if that doesn’t work, then position in the previous tournament.

Detailed results

Round 1

Andrew beat Bob
Andre beat Chris sgf
Sam beat Welile sgf

Round 2

Chris beat Welile sgf
Andrew beat Lloyd
Andre beat Sam

Round 3

Andrew beat Sam sgf
Bob beat Welile sgf
Andre beat Lloyd sgfe

Round 4

Andrew beat Chris sgf
Lloyd beat Welile sgf
Andre beat Bob sgf

Round 5

Andrew beat Welile
Sam beat Bob
Chris beat Lloyd sgf

Round 6

Andrew beat Andre
Sam beat Lloyd
Chris beat Bob

Round 7

Welile beat Andre
Chris beat Sam sgf
Lloyd beat Bob

Posted by Chris Welsh as SAGA, Tournaments at 6:54 PM, No Comments »

June 8th, 2016

2016 WAGC

Interview with Andrew Davies, South Africa

Posted by Chris Welsh as WAGC at 7:04 AM, 1 Comment »

February 25th, 2016

Andrew Davies wins 1st Quarter Tournament of 2016

The first quarter tournament of 2016 enjoyed a field of 12 players, a big increase from the six of 2015. Andrew Davies won group 1, and Tinus Cloete won group 2.

Full Results

Group 1:

1st place: Andrew Davies 3d (3 wins)
2nd place: Andre Connell 3d, Sam Scott 3d, Chris Welsh 2d (2 wins)
5th place: Ben Bredenkamp 2k, Marc Loon 5k, Peet Brits 6k (1 win)
8th place: Gordon Wells 6k

Group 2:

1st place: Tinus Cloete 13k (3 wins)
2nd place: Michael Rapson 9k, Elizabeth Meyer 15k, Chris Goosen 17k (1 win)

There were some rank changes after these results:

Tinus Cloete, promoted to 11k
Elizabeth Meyer, promoted to 14k
Chris Goosen, promoted to 16k

Unfortunately, Michael Rapson was demoted to 10k after having to play some up and coming players at difficult handicaps.

Posted by Chris Welsh as Rank Changes, Tournaments at 11:37 PM, No Comments »

February 18th, 2016

2016 first quarter Internet Tournament

This is a call for entries for 1st internet tournament of 2016, taking place this Saturday, 20 Feb. More players are welcome. Please let us know if you’d like to play (or be on-line in good time on the day). If you have not used OGS before – please ensure that you are set-up correctly before 9:00am (preferably the day before).

Date: Sat 20 Feb
Time: 09:00 (Tournament Registration)
Place: OGS in the South African Group
Tournament director: Chris Welsh

It will follow the usual format:

Each group will have 8 players (except the lowest rated group) 45min each per game with 25/10 Canadian byo-yomi
3 games, first one starting at 09:15, 2nd at 11:45, 3rd at 14:00
2 games will be played before lunch

This tournament is intended for SAGA members only. Please make sure your membership for 2016 is paid up.

Registered participants:

Andrew Davies, 3d
Andre Connell, 3d
Sam Scott, 3d
Chris Welsh, 2d
Ben Bredenkamp, 2k
Peet Brits, 6k
Gordon Wells, 6k
Michael Rapson, 9k
Tinus Cloete, 13k
Elizabeth Meyer, 15k
Chris Goosen, 17k

Posted by Chris Welsh as Tournaments at 4:39 PM, No Comments »

November 9th, 2015

Andrew Davies wins 2015 Stellenbosch Open

Andrew Davies 3d won the 2015 Stellenbosch Open

Detailed results follow

Round 1

 Tble   White   Black   Hd   Res 
1 Scott Sam(3D)  van Niekerk Francois(3K)  1-0 
2 Welsh Chris(2D)  Davies Andrew(3D, )  0-1 
3 Wells Gordon(6K)  Maasdorp Christiaan(8K)  1-0 
4 Moolman Deon(15K)  Rigby Charles(18K)  0-1 

Round 2

 Tble   White   Black   Hd   Res 
1 Davies Andrew(3D)  Scott Sam(3D)  1-0 
2 Welsh Chris(2D)  van Niekerk Francois(3K)  1-0 
3 Wells Gordon(6K)  Moolman Deon(15K)  1-0 
4 Maasdorp Christiaan(8K)  Rigby Charles(18K)  0-1 

Round 3

 Tble   White   Black   Hd   Res 
1 Scott Sam(3D)  Welsh Chris(2D)  0-1 
2 Davies Andrew(3D)  Wells Gordon(6K)  1-0 
3 van Niekerk Francois(3K)  Rigby Charles(18K)  1-0 
4 Maasdorp Christiaan(8K)  Moolman Deon(15K  1-0 

Final Standings

 Num   Pl   Name   Grade   Co   Club   NbW  R 1  R 2  R 3  MMS SOS SOSOS
Davies Andrew 3D 3 2+/b0 3+/w0 5+/w3 34 94 270
Welsh Chris 2D 2 1-/w0 4+/w2 3+/b0 33 96 275
Scott Sam 3D 1 4+/w2 1-/b0 2-/w0 32 97 274
van Niekerk Francois 3K 1 3-/b2 2-/b2 8+/w9 28 84 242
Wells Gordon 6K 2 6+/w0 7+/w8 1-/b3 26 77 212
Maasdorp Christiaan 8K 1 5-/b0 8-/w7 7+/w5 23 67 177
Moolman Deon 15K 0 8-/w1 5-/b8 6-/b5 15 51 193
Rigby Charles 18K 2 7+/b1 6+/b7 4-/b9 14 49 202

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November 5th, 2015

2015 Stellenbosch Open Announced

The 2015 Stellenbosch Open Go Tournament will be held on Sat 7 November.

Venue: LaunchLab, Hammandshand Road, Stellenbosch
Google Maps:Directions

Schedule:
09:00 Registration
09:30 Round 1
11:45 Round 2
14:00 Lunch
15:00 Round 3

Format: The tournament will be a 3 round MacMahon tournament, with the bar set at an appropriate level.

Time limits: 30 minutes each with byo-omi of 25 moves in 8 minutes.

Cost: Free Entry

This tournament is hosted by the Stellenbosch Go club and, for SAGA members, is a qualifying tournament for the annual South African Closed.

Please contact Francois van Niekerk if you would like to register at flash.slash@gmail.com (registering on the morning is also an option).

The Stellenbosch Open is open to all players of all strengths. You do not have to be a member of SAGA to play. Beginners in particular are encouraged to take part.

Currently registered:

Andrew Davies [3d]
Sam Scott [3d]
Chris Welsh [2d]
Paul Steyn [2k]
Francois van Niekerk [3k]
Gordon Wells [6k]
Christiaan Maasdorp [8k]
Deon Moolman [15k]
Charles Rigby [18k]
Chris Truter [20k]
Sinjin Swanepoel [24k]

Posted by Chris Welsh as Stellenbosch, Tournaments at 11:45 AM, No Comments »

October 25th, 2015

2015 SA Closed Contenders

The 2015 SA Closed Candidates tournament was played at the Kairos School of Inquiry this past weekend. It was won as usual by Victor Chow with the maximum of 7 out of 7 wins. The real battle was for second place, which Andrew Davies took, with five wins.

For those unfamiliar with this event, it is the final stage of the South African Closed. It is a tournament only open to South African players, and qualification for this event takes place a few months earlier, in the South African Candidates tournament. Entry in that event is restricted to the best 16 players from around the country, based on results at regional tournaments.

Detailed results (winner in bold):

Round 1 (Friday)
Victor Chow 7d Bob Gale 2d
Andre Connell 3d John Leuner 3d
Welile Gogotshe 4d Chris Welsh 2d
Sam Scott 3d Andrew Davies 3d

Round 2 (Saturday)
Victor Chow 7d John Leuner 3d
Andre Connell 3d Bob Gale 2d
Welile Gogotshe 4d Andrew Davies 3d
Sam Scott 3d Chris Welsh 2d

Round 3 (Saturday)
Victor Chow 7d Chris Welsh 2d
Andre Connell 3d Andrew Davies 3d
Welile Gogotshe 4d Bob Gale 2d
Sam Scott 3d John Leuner 3d

Round 4 (Saturday)
Victor Chow 7d Andrew Davies 3d
Andre Connell 3d Chris Welsh 2d
Welile Gogotshe 4d John Leuner 3d
Sam Scott 3d Bob Gale 2d

Round 5 (Sunday)
Victor Chow 7d Sam Scott 3d
Andre Connell 3d Welile Gogotshe 4d
Andrew Davies 3d Bob Gale 2d
Chris Welsh 2d John Leuner 3d

Round 6 (Sunday)
Victor Chow 7d Welile Gogotshe 4d
Andre Connell 3d Sam Scott 3d
Andrew Davies 3d John Leuner 3d
Chris Welsh 2d Bob Gale 2d

Round 7 (Sunday)
Victor Chow 7d Andre Connell 3d
Welile Gogotshe 4d Sam Scott 3d
Andrew Davies 3d Chris Welsh 2d
John Leuner 3d Bob Gale 2d

Final placing (tie breakers are the head to head results):

1. Victor Chow 7d (7 wins)
2. Andrew Davies 3d (5 wins)
3. Welile Gogotshe 4d (4 wins)
4. Andre Connell 3d (4 wins)
5. John Leuner 3d (3 wins)
6. Chris Welsh 2d (3 wins)
7. Sam Scott 3d (2 wins)
8. Bob Gale 2d (0 wins)

Posted by Chris Welsh as News, SAGA, Tournaments at 11:47 PM, No Comments »

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