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October 21st, 2019

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Gauteng Open 2018, Final Standings

The Gauteng Open was held on Saturday 1 December, in Randburg. The tournament had a large field and a wide range of player strengths. Thanks to Andre Connell for organising the tournament and Marc Loon for hosting.

Final standings:
1. Hoon Shim, 5d, MMS 31
2. Dave Gale, 2k, MMS 30, SOS 90
3. Andre Connell, 2d, MMS 30, SOS 88
4. Ben Bredenkamp, 1k, MMS 30, SOS 84
5. Paul Edwards, 1d, MMS 29
6. James Nicolson, 1k, MMS 28
7. Vincent Varkevisser, 5k, MMS 27, SOS 85
8. Michael Rapson, 5k, MMS 27, SOS 79
9. Peet Brits, 6k, MMS 27, SOS 77
10. Grace Lee, 5k, MMS 26, SOS 82
11. Marc Loon, 5k, MMS 26, SOS 77
12. Hany Lee, 8k, MMS 24
13. Anton Scott, 14k, MMS 16
14. Pico Geyer, 20k(?), MMS 11
15. Marika Wojcik, 22k(?), MMS 10

Congratulations to Peet Brits, on his promotion to 5k after his three wins in the tournament.

Posted by Michael Rapson as Joburg, Pretoria, Rank Changes, Tournaments at 10:49 PM, No Comments »

July 6th, 2016

Pretoria / Gauteng Blitz handicap tournament

The annual Pretoria & Gauteng Blitz handicap tournament will take place on the 23rd of July.

Brett has arranged a dedicated section for us at the Cool Runnings pub in Centurion – the tournament will start at 11am.

All players welcome, bring your quick wits!

Posted by Andre as Joburg, Pretoria, Tournaments at 11:26 AM, No Comments »

May 26th, 2016

Pretoria club – Simultaneous challenge

Members of the Pretoria go club accepted a challenge from the Joburg go club last night – an evening of simultaneous games where John (3d) and Andre (3d) would play simultaneous handicap games against all comers.

The event was held in the Cool Runnings pub, where there were some live singers on stage, and the pizza and drinks flowed freely. Great fun was had by all, and congratulations go out to Tinus who overcame the odds to win his match. Tinus walked away with a copy of “Go the worlds most fascinating game” and a portable 9×9 set as his reward.

The next event planned will be the Pretoria/Gauteng Handicap Blitz tournament, which will take place in July.

Posted by Andre as Events, Joburg, Pretoria at 11:24 AM, No Comments »

March 14th, 2016

Gauteng open 2016

The 2016 Gauteng open was held on Sunday 13 March. The event was held at the Kairos school of inquiry, and well attended by players from Johannesburg, Pretoria and Soweto clubs.

Three tough rounds led to the following final standings:
1 Connell Andre
2 Gogotshe Welile
3 Leuner John
4 Nicholson James
5 Edwards Paul
6 Loon Marc
7 Brits Peet
8 Thompson Alan
9 Cloete Tinus
10 Meyer Elizabeth
11 Botha Theuns
Gita Sechaba
13 Mokwena Thabo

Thanks to all for participating!

Posted by Andre as Joburg, Pretoria, SAGA, Tournaments at 9:49 AM, No Comments »

March 31st, 2014

SAGA president’s report – 2013/2014

Those who looked carefully might have noticed that a link to the SAGA President’s report for 2013/2014 was not included in the AGM notice. The report is now available on the SAGoClubs wiki, and gives a nice overview of Go activities in South Africa over the past year.

Posted by Steve as Cape Town, Joburg, News, SAGA, Tournaments at 7:59 AM, No Comments »

May 27th, 2013

Soweto Schools Tournament on 25 May 2013

The Soweto Schools Go Programme started in the 1990s and involved two tournaments for the participating primary schools. Since the revival of this Programme in 2012, two more tournaments were held, the most recent one being on 25 May 2013.

This most recent tournament drew 57 participants from four Soweto primary schools: Ekuphumeleleni, Usindiso, Enkolweni and Thathezakho Primary Schools. The hosting school, Ekuphumeleleni Primary, also won the floating trophy for the second time in a row, taking eight of the ten gold medals.

It was a six-round MacMahon tournament and led to a clear winner. The top fifteen results are given below:

Place Name School Points SOS SOSOS
1 Khethini, Lethukuthula Ekup 6 52 310
2 Gida, Sechaba Usin 5 57 307
3 Ndwandwe, Bongani Usin 5 56 306
4 Dube, Dumisani Ekup 5 52 307
5 Mabaso, Sabelo Ekup 5 51 308
6 Govender, Smalangiso Ekup 5 51 305
7 Ngubane, Thando Ekup 5 49 299
8 Vilakazi, Lindokuhle Ekup 4 55 293
9 Mhlongo, Rocky Ekup 4 54 301
10 Mkhaliphi, Nhlonipho Ekup 4 53 297
11 Senna, Mondli That 4 52 297
12 Madondo, Nthuthuko That 4 52 294
13 Sithole, Lungelo Ekup 4 51 307
14 Molefe, Tshepang Ekup 4 51 301
15 Nhlapo, Siyabonga Ekup 4 50 295

Thank you to all Go players who showed their support by attending (David Richfield, John Leuner, Sipho Mampe, Thabiso Lemeke), and to Welile Gogotshe for his consistent efforts in teaching Go to these young children.

If all goes well, I plan to sponsor a second tournament this year, most likely in September 2013.

Photos have been uploaded to the SA Go clubs galleries.

Posted by Arnold Wentzel as Events, Joburg, Soweto, Uncategorized at 4:57 PM, No Comments »

February 17th, 2013

North vs. South Friendship Match 2013

February 17th 2013 is the date for the North vs. South game. Players from the greater Joburg area will play a single match against players from the greater Cape Town area.

Time limits: 45+25/10
Handicap: standard handicap

Update: Congrats to North, who won 5-3

Ben Gale (4d) vs Andrew Davies (3d); Ben won 1h
Harvey Zhang (4d) vs Sam Scott (3d); Harvey won 1h
John Leuner (2d) vs Chris Welsh (1d); John won 1h
Dave Gale (3k) vs Francois van Niekerk (4k); Francois won 1h
Andre Connell (2d) vs Paul (4k); Andre won 5h
David Richardson (4k) vs Stephen Martindale (9k); Stephen won 5h
Margot Smythe (14k) vs Max Rabkin (11k); Max won 3h
Nevar Angelo (15k) vs Rory Shea (13k); Nevar won 2h

Posted by Chris Welsh as Cape Town, Joburg, Tournaments at 1:25 PM, 1 Comment »

June 3rd, 2012

Johannesburg Open 2012

The Johannesburg Open was played today at Westgate. There were a few major upsets and rank changes.

Bob Gale won the tournament. James Nicolson was placed second and Andre Connell third.

Below is the list of placings:
1 – Bob Gale
2 – James Nicolson
3 – Andre Connell
4 – Welile Gogotshe
5 – Harvey Zhang
6 – John Leuner
7 – Dave Gale
8 – Thabiso Lemeke
9 – Zaine Deane
10 – Ramone Deane
11 – Sello Leopeng
12 – Musa Diphafa
13 – Max Rabkin
14 – Thorgal kaye
15 – Julian Calitz
16 – Musa Khumalo

Three players managed to win all their games – Bob Gale, Zaine Deane and Max Rabkin.

The following rank changes occured after the games were logged on the rating system.
Bob Gale has been promoted to 1k (and is more than half the way to 1d already!)
Ramone Deane has been promoted to 10k
Julian Calitz has been entered in the system at 18k
Musa Diphafa has been promoted to 12k
James Nicolson has been promoted to 3k
Sello Leopeng has been demoted to 10k

Posted by Andre as Joburg, Pretoria, Tournaments at 8:48 PM, 2 Comments »

May 11th, 2011

SAGA Stock in Gauteng

The latest Gauteng stock list is here (Excel format). This list includes prices for SAGA members.

Damaged stock


  • A – Very damaged

    All pages are crinkled / rumpled from water damage. Some pages stuck
    together but all still legible.

    50 % discount.

  • B – Light damage

    Some discoloration on the covers, book is slightly warped but all pages

    25 % discount.

  • C – Slightly damaged

    Book has slightly turned up corners or impression on all pages

    10 % discount

The books we have in each category are (with the pre-discount SAGA

A – very damaged

K29 reducing territorial frameworks R90

B – Light damage

k75 the basics of go strategy R150.00 (8 copies)

C – Slightly damaged

K14 attack and defense R100
k31 the second book of go R90 (2 copies)
k33 the chinese opening R90
k45 positional judgement R90
k58 get strong at life and death R100 (2 copies)

Posted by johnleuner as Joburg, Pretoria, SAGA at 8:55 PM, No Comments »

January 19th, 2011

Ad hoc promotion: Andrew Clur

Based on feedback from Andre Connell, David Richfield, and John Leuner, I have implemented an ad hoc promotion of Andrew Clur to 8 kyu. If you wish to contest this promotion, you must contact Steve Kroon by 21 January.

Posted by Steve as Joburg, Rank Changes at 10:31 AM, No Comments »

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