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May 23rd, 2020

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Cape Town Open 2020

The 2020 Cape Town Open was held on May 23. This year it was played on OGS rather than “over the board”. This allowed a number of Gauteng based players to participate and made for a competitive tournament.

The top spot was taken by Chris Welsh, in a bit of a repeat of the 1Q internet tournament. Congratulations also to Pico on his promotion to 17k after his round one win.

Final standings:
1: Chris Welsh, 3d, MMS 33
2: Andrew Davies, 4d, MMS 32 SOS 94
3: Andre Connell, 2d, MMS 32 SOS 92
4: Lloyd Rubidge, 1d, MMS 31 SOS 92 SOSOS 276
5: Paul Edwards, 1d, MMS 31 SOS 92 SOSOS 267
6: Christiaan Maasdorp, 4k, MMS 27 SOS 88
7: Michael Rapson, 5k, MMS 27 SOS 79
8: Fred Strauss, 8k, MMS 23
9: Pico Geyer, 18k, MMS 14

Thanks to everyone who took part.

Posted by Michael Rapson as Cape Town, Rank Changes, Tournaments, Western Cape at 9:07 PM, No Comments »

October 21st, 2019

Cape Town Open 2019

The 2019 Cape Town Open was held on May 18. We had a small field, but strong competition for the top places. The final standings were:

1) Andrew Davies, 3 wins, SOS 5
2) Sam Scott, 2 wins, SOS 5
3) Lloyd Rubidge, 1 win + bye, SOS 4
4) Chris Welsh, bye, SOS 5
5) Michael Rapson, bye, SOS 4

Thanks to everyone who took part.

Posted by Michael Rapson as Cape Town, Tournaments, Western Cape at 11:01 PM, No Comments »

October 7th, 2018

Cape Town Open 2018, Final Standings

The Cape Town Open was held on May 19. We had a field of nine players, and many close games. On many boards, the weaker player by rating had winning positions against their opponents but failed to convert, so the final standings go according to rank.

Second and third place was determined by a “sum of sum of opponents McMahon scores” tie breaker after Sam and Chris both ended on 28 [MMS] and 83 [SOS]. There was a dead tie between Lloyd and Paul for fourth place.

Although Christiaan beat Michael in their game, they both started below the McMahon bar with Michael on 25 points and Christiaan on 26 points due to their one-stone rank difference. After one win and a bye each, Michael ended with McMahon score 27 vs Christiaan’s McMahon score 26, holding on to 7th place despite the loss.

Final standings:
1: Andrew Davies, 4d
2: Sam Scott, 3d
3: Chris Welsh, 2d
4: Lloyd Rubidge, 1d, and Paul Steyn, 1k
6: Francois van Niekerk, 4k
7: Michael Rapson, 5k
8: Christiaan Maasdorp, 6k
9: Martin Berglund, 8k

Posted by Michael Rapson as Cape Town, Tournaments at 10:35 PM, No Comments »

December 26th, 2017

Cape Town Open 2017, Final Standings

The 2017 Cape Town Open was held on Saturday 20 May and 14 players took part. The competition was close, with a number of players ending on identical McMahon scores, going to sum-of-score tiebreakers. 3rd and 5th place were particularly close, ending in draws even after tiebreakers.

The full results:

1. Andrew Davies 4D MMS 29
2. Sam Scott 3D MMS 28
3. Chris Welsh 1D and Paul Steyn 1K MMS 28
5. Lloyd Rubidge 1D and Ben Bredenkamp 2K MMS 27
7. Francois van Niekerk 3K MMS 27
8. Riaan Swart 4K MMS 26
9. Michael Rapson 7K MMS 26
10. Deon Moolman 8K MMS 24
11. Christiaan Maasdorp 8K MMS 23
12. Trevor Hill 9K MMS 22
13. Dariaan Raad 10K MMS 21
14. Tinus Cloete 10K MMS 21

Michael Rapson was promoted to 6K after his result in this tournament.

Posted by Michael Rapson as Cape Town, Tournaments at 3:47 AM, 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 »

October 14th, 2016

Stellenbosch Go Congress: 22 October 2016

Stellenbosch Go players are hosting the first Stellenbosch Go congress on 22 October at the Root44 market on the road between Stellenbosch and Somerset West. The aim is to introduce the game to many new players, provide a reason for active and past Go players and their families to socialize, and, of course, for a little over-the-board competition. The plan is to be there from at least 10am until the market closes (usually around 4pm).

We aim to have pamphlets about the game available for distribution, as well as some Go sets and books about the game for viewing and ordering. (Unfortunately, no actual sales are permitted at the venue, as the organizers are not registered as traders at the market.)

So, whether you actively play, have learned to play before and put it aside, or have just heard about the game and think you might be interested, bring your family to the Root 44 market on 22 October and join us. We’ll be seated at the tables next to the kids playing area.

Note: If you own one or more Go sets, please bring them along – we’d really like to make sure people interested in learning to play aren’t held back by a lack of equipment.

Posted by Gordon Wells as Cape Town, News, Stellenbosch, Uncategorized at 7:07 PM, No Comments »

May 16th, 2016

Cape Town Open 2016, Final Standings

The 2016 Cape Town Open was held on Saturday 14 May, at A Touch of Madness restaurant. Eleven players completed. Congratulations to Andrew Davies who won the tournament and was promoted to 4d. There was a tie for second place between Chris Welsh and Sam Scott. Chris Goosen also secured a promotion, to 14k.

The final standings were as follows:
1 Andrew Davies
2 Sam Scott
Chris Welsh
4 Paul Steyn
5 Francois van Niekerk
6 Lloyd Rubidge
7 Gordon Wells
8 Michael Rapson
9 Rory Shea
10 Deon Moolman
11 Chris Goosen

Thanks to all for participating!

Posted by Michael Rapson as Cape Town, Rank Changes, Stellenbosch, Tournaments at 9:41 PM, No Comments »

March 6th, 2016

Japan Day – Root 44

On Saturday 5 March SAGA took part in the Japanese Consulate of South Africa’s National Japan Day, hosted by the Root 44 Market just outside Stellenbosch. The turnout was excellent, and we were demonstrating the game throughout the day till after the last stalls had packed up. As with UCON and StelCon it was gratifying to see a lot of flyers being taken. Looking forward to the return of new faces to the club meets.

Posted by Gordon Wells as Cape Town, Gallery, Stellenbosch at 4:24 PM, 1 Comment »

August 5th, 2015

New shodan, new players at Cape Town Go club

Congratulations to Lloyd Rubidge, who was recently promoted to 1d after good results in the 2015 Winter League tournament.

The Cape Town club also welcomes a bunch new players (some old, some visiting):

Charles Rigby 20k
Gareth Priede 6k
Michael Rapson 10k
Magnus Lordan 2k (a visitor from Germany)
Matthew Cherry 19k

Posted by Chris Welsh as Cape Town, New members, Rank Changes at 8:48 AM, 2 Comments »

May 16th, 2015

Promotion at the Cape Town Club

Congratulations to Christiaan Maasdorp who has broken into the SDK ranks. He was promoted to 9k after his good performance at the Cape Town Open last weekend.

Edit: he was promoted to 8k shortly afterwards after good results in the Winter League. Congrats!

Posted by Chris Welsh as Cape Town, Rank Changes at 12:01 AM, No Comments »

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