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April 19th, 2020

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Candidates 2020 day two results

Candidates day two was played on OGS today, April 19. This tournament selects four players to progress to Contenders later in the year. Paul Edwards, Paul Steyn, Ben Bredenkamp, and Lloyd Rubidge are the four who qualified. Congratulations especially to Paul Steyn who made it through for the first time this year, having come close the last few years.

Final standings:
1: Paul Edwards, 3 wins
2: Paul Steyn, 2 wins, 2nd by SOS
3: Ben Bredenkamp, 2 wins, 3rd by SOSOS
4: Lloyd Rubidge, 2 wins
5: Michael Rapson, 1 win, 5th by SOS
6: Christiaan Maasdorp, 1 win, 6th by SOS
7: James Nicolson, 1 win
8: David Gale, 0 wins

Congratulations also to the players who earned rank changes during the Candidates tournament. They are:
David Gale, 1k
Christiaan Maasdorp, 4k
James Gelant, 4k

Posted by Michael Rapson as Rank Changes, SAGA, Tournaments, Uncategorized at 6:20 PM, No Comments »

April 18th, 2020

Candidates 2020 day one results

Candidates day one was held today, April 18, on OGS. Sam Scott, David Gale, and Paul Steyn progressed to day two without much incident. Christiaan Maasdorp nudged out the other 4-5k players to secure the final spot for day two tomorrow. They join Lloyd Rubidge, Ben Bredenkamp, James Nicolson, and Paul Edwards who prequalified for day two.

The games will be on OGS again tomorrow, with start times approximately 09h00, 11h30, and 14h30. Find us in the SA chat room, see sa-internet-go for more info.

Final standings:
1: David Gale, 3 wins
2: Sam Scott, 2 wins, 2nd by SOS
3: Christiaan Maasdorp, 2 wins, 3rd by SOSOS
4: Paul Steyn, 2 wins
5: James Gelant, 1 win, 5th by SOS
6: Michael Rapson, 1 win, 6th by SOS
7: Fred Strauss, 1 win
8: Gordon Wells, 0 wins

Posted by Michael Rapson as SAGA, Tournaments at 5:24 PM, No Comments »

October 13th, 2018

SA Closed tournament: Contenders 2018 results

The round robin format final 8 competition was held in Cape Town 22-24 September.

Chris Welsh added an upset in his online game against Victor to a solid performance in the over the board games to create a two way tie with Victor at the top on 6 points. Two way ties are resolved in favour of the winner of the head-to-head game, giving Chris first place. Chris’s performance also earned his promotion to 3 dan. Congratulations!

Andre’s fighting style of play yielded results against the Cape players, with him taking 3 of the 4 games (from Cape Town, only Sam scored his point against Andre).

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

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

Posted by Michael Rapson as SAGA, Tournaments at 10:09 PM, No Comments »

October 8th, 2018

SA Closed tournament: Candidates 2018 results

The 2018 Candidates was held on June 30 and July 1. The results were as follows:

== day one ==
1: Ben Bredenkamp
2: David Gale
3: Vincent Varkevisser
4: Paul Steyn
5: Francois van Niekerk
6: Michael Rapson and Alastair Slaon
8: Gordon Wells

== day two ==
1: James Nicolson
2: Sam Scott
3: David Gale
4: Lloyd Rubidge
5: Paul Edwards and Paul Steyn
7: Ben Bredenkamp
8: Vincent Varkevisser

The top four players of Candidates day two are through to the next round, the Contenders in September. Congratulations to James Nicolson, Sam Scott, David Gale, and Lloyd Rubidge. They join Victor Chow, Andrew Davies, Andre Connell, and Chris Welsh who qualify for Contenders as the top four players at Contenders 2017.

Posted by Michael Rapson as SAGA, Tournaments at 10:24 PM, No Comments »

April 16th, 2018

Please renew your SAGA membership for 2018

This is a call for all SAGA members to renew their membership for 2018 as soon as possible. 2017 memberships have technically expired, but due to the late call will be honoured for an additional two weeks, until 30 April.

Please note that membership fees for 2018 have increased to R220.00, but discounts have been granted for full time tertiary students, to R110.00, and primary or secondary school pupils, to R55.00. Your renewed membership will be valid for the 2018 calendar year. Details for how to renew your membership are available on the SAGA general information page (see the section: Joining SAGA/renewing your membership).

New members are also welcome to join for 2018 now. Membership is required for participation in the national tournaments co-ordinated by SAGA (the SA Open, SA Closed, and the quarterly internet or league tournaments on KGS). Also, only members earn credit points to qualify to represent South Africa at various international tournaments. All members who have signed up or renewed before 30 April will additionally receive the members-only edition of the AGA newsletter, if they wish (if they do not wish to receive this newsletter, please opt out by mailing the membership secretary). Can all renewing their membership or applying for first time membership please email the membership secretary with their current club, preferred email address and optionally their cellphone number.

Due to problems in the past, memberships will only be considered if emails are sent to the membership secretary.

Posted by Paul Steyn as Announcements, SAGA at 1:13 AM, No Comments »

December 16th, 2017

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 »

January 23rd, 2017

Please renew your SAGA membership for 2017

This is a call for all SAGA members to renew their membership for 2017 as soon as possible. 2016 memberships will expire on 31 March.

Please note that membership fees for 2017 remain the same as for 2016, at R200.00, but discounts have been granted for full time tertiary students, to R100.00, and primary or secondary school pupils, to R50.00. Your renewed membership will be valid for the 2017 calendar year. Details for how to renew your membership are available on the SAGA general information page (see the section: Joining SAGA/renewing your membership).

New members are also welcome to join for 2017 now. Membership is required for participation in the national tournaments co-ordinated by SAGA (the SA Open, SA Closed, and the quarterly internet or league tournaments on KGS). Also, only members earn credit points to qualify to represent South Africa at various international tournaments. All members who have signed up or renewed before 01 March will additionally receive the members-only edition of the AGA newsletter, if they wish (if they do not wish to receive this newsletter, please opt out by mailing the membership secretary). Can all renewing their membership or applying for first time membership please email the membership secretary with their current club, preferred email address and optionally their cellphone number.

Finally, we are working on updating the SAGA credit points list for 2016. In order to receive credit points for 2016, you need to have been a member in 2016. Please check whether your name is listed as a member on this list, and contact me no later than 06 February if you should be listed, but are not.

Posted by Paul Steyn as Announcements, SAGA at 9:57 PM, No Comments »

November 7th, 2016

European Team Championship 2016/2017 Round Two Game Records

A couple of weeks ago the second round of the Pandanet Go European Team Championship 2016/2017 was played. South Africa, currently in the C League, faced Bulgaria. This time we managed a clean sweep, winning all four games. Andrew has reviewed his game, and Victor has kindly reviewed not only his own game, but Andrew’s review as well.

Original Game Records:
2016-10-25-round-2-board-1-youngpro-roseduke
2016-10-25-round-2-board-2-adavies-feanor
2016-10-25-round-2-board-3-nem-iaznab
2016-10-25-round-2-board-4-sente-semdd

Reviewed game Records:
2016-10-25-round-2-board-1-youngpro-roseduke-reviewed
2016-10-25-round-2-board-2-adavies-feanor-reviewed

Posted by Paul Steyn as EGF, Game records, Game Reviews, SAGA at 12:52 AM, No Comments »

October 24th, 2016

European Team Championship 2016/2017 Round One Game Records

A couple of weeks ago the first round of the Pandanet Go European Team Championship 2016/2017 was played. South Africa, currently in the C League, faced Lithuania, one of the stronger teams in the C League. There were some hard-fought, close games, and we managed a 2-2 result. Both Chris and Andrew have reviewed their games, and Victor has kindly reviewed not only his own game, but their reviews as well.

These games take place on average once every three weeks (schedule here) online on IGS. I have found that watching one or two of the games live gives one a much better feel for the game that really helps one understand the reviews, and this is a good way to help one improve.

Original Game Records:
2016-10-04-round-1-board-1-roseduke-andrius
2016-10-04-round-1-board-2-vladasltu-adavies
2016-10-04-round-1-board-3-iaznab-hurakami
2016-10-04-round-1-board-4-liquid-sente

Reviewed game Records:
2016-10-04-round-1-board-1-roseduke-andrius-reviewed
2016-10-04-round-1-board-2-vladasltu-adavies-reviewed
2016-10-04-round-1-board-4-liquid-sente-reviewed.

Posted by Paul Steyn as EGF, Game records, Game Reviews, SAGA at 10:00 PM, 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 »

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