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April 20th, 2008

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Soweto Open 2008

The 2008 Soweto Open was held today on the 20′th of April. There were 32 participants, divided into groups of eight. Three rounds were played, and the results of the tournament were as follows:

Soweto Open Champion 2008 – Ben Gale
Tied 2′nd – Sipho Mampe, Andre Connell, Welile Gogotshe
Winner of group 2 – Zaine Deane
Winner of group 3 – Nkosinathi Siswana
Winner of group 4 – Eliot Zeka

Thank you to all participants, and congratulations to the above!

(P.S. for those interested, I’ve uploaded the total tournament results onto the website in a spreadsheet

Posted by Andre as SAGA, Soweto, Tournaments at 9:49 PM, 2 Comments »

February 11th, 2008

2008 Calendar available

The preliminary Go calendar for 2008, with recommended dates to avoid tournament clashes, is now in the calendar sidebar. If your event is not going to be held, or you wish to change the date, please confer with Andre Connell (SAGA portfolio: tournaments), and let me know to change the date on the calendar.

Posted by Steve as Cape Town, Joburg, News, SAGA, Soweto, Stellenbosch, Tournaments at 10:06 AM, No Comments »

May 3rd, 2007

Rank Changes

Following recent games (notably the Jhb open) the following rank changes have occured:
Thabiso Lemeke demoted to 8k
Sakkie Buys promoted to 6k
Michael Guo promoted to 11k
Zaine Deane promoted to 11k
Brian Huma promoted to 14k

Posted by Andre as Joburg, Rank Changes, Soweto at 11:10 AM, No Comments »

April 2nd, 2007

SA Open pictures on the gallery

Hi folks.

I’ve finally gotten around to uploading some pictures I took of the SA Open held in Soweto earlier this year. You can check them out at


Posted by Steve as SAGA, Soweto, Tournaments at 1:34 PM, No Comments »

February 18th, 2007

Directions to Soweto Club (hosts of the SA Open)

These are the directions from most places around Joburg and Pretoria, for those of you coming from elsewhere, at some stage your directions will probably fit in with these (e.g. you’ll already be coming from Main Reef Rd for example)

* Follow the N1 South
* Take the Maraisburg offramp, and turn right (Maraisburg Rd = the R24)
* Carry on some distance with the R24, it changes names a few times (to 10th, then Maud, then Lola, then Kathleen, then Hamberg)
* Turn left into Westlake Rd (the R564)
* Turn right into Main Reef Rd (the R41)
* Turn left into Roodepoort Rd (the M77, also called Dobsonville Rd on some maps)
* Carry on some distance and Turn Right into Main Rd
* The venue is on the corner of Luthuli Rd and Main Rd, the Kopanong community centre.

Posted by Andre as SAGA, Soweto, Tournaments at 11:33 PM, No Comments »

May 19th, 2006

Kabelo promoted

Kabelo Suping beat Welile on 9 stones on Wednesday to earn a promotion to 11 kyu. Congratulations, Kabelo.

Posted by Steve as Rank Changes, Soweto at 8:56 AM, No Comments »

May 16th, 2006

Soweto rank changes

Kabelo Suping has been promoted to 12 kyu, and Brian Huma to 17 kyu. Ricky Pilane has been demoted to 15 kyu.

We also welcome 2 new 30-kyu players to the ranking system, Seipoti Sentsho and Tsholofelo Tsieng.

Posted by Steve as New members, Rank Changes, Soweto at 4:45 PM, No Comments »

May 5th, 2006

Rank Changes

Following recent games entered, 2 new members have been entered into the system – welcome to Tshidiso Seitshiro and John Chocho – and the following rank changes have occured:

Congratulations on promotions to:
William Legae, up 2 ranks, to 20k
Tshepo Ramphomane, up 2 ranks, to 24k
Mojau Mokone, up 4 ranks, to 26k
Kabelo Suping, up 2 ranks, to 13k
Lehlohonolo Mosepedi, up 2 ranks, to 25k
Ricky Pilane, to 14k
Ishmael Msimango, to 26k
Ramone Deane, to 14k

Posted by Andre as Rank Changes, Soweto at 11:41 AM, No Comments »

May 5th, 2006

Soweto promotions

Congratulations to the following players who have been promoted: Brian Huma (19k), William Legae (22k), and Tumi Huma (26k).

Posted by Steve as Rank Changes, Soweto at 9:09 AM, No Comments »

May 4th, 2006

Rank changes

We’d like to first welcome a couple of new players to the ranking system, all at 30kyu. From the UJ Club, we welcome Tranis Berthold, and from Soweto, we welcome Thabang Saka, Lesego Modise, Mojau Mokone, Bongane Hlongwane, Abuti Mohlomi, Tshepo Direro.

The last 2 weeks have seen a large number of games played despite the public holidays. The Soweto Open was also held, and some backlog of Joburg club games were entered. The following rank changes occurred:

Sipho Mampe promoted to 1k (at the Soweto Open)
Chris Welsh promoted to 8k
Willem Joubert promoted to 9k
Ricardo Kaizer promoted to 13k (at the Soweto Open)
Busang Monene promoted twice, to 13k (second promotion at the Soweto Open)
Kabelo Suping promoted to 14k, and demoted back to 15k
Zane Deane promoted to 15k
Wim Conradie promoted to 20k
Kevin Scaife demoted to 21k
William Legae promoted twice, to 23k (second promotion at the Soweto Open)
Iain Lawrie promoted to 25k
Tshepo Mosese promoted twice, to 26k (second promotion at the Soweto Open)
Arnold Wentzel promoted to 27k
Ismael Msimango promoted to 27k
Solomon Mosepedi promoted twice to 27k (second promotion at the Soweto Open)
Abuti Mohlomi promoted three times in three games to 27k (at the Soweto Open)
Tshepo Direro promoted twice to 28k (both at the Soweto Open)
Tranis Berthold promoted to 29k
Bongane Hlongwane promoted to 29k (at the Soweto Open)

Many congratulations on all the promotions, and especially to Sipho.

Posted by Steve as Cape Town, Joburg, New members, Rank Changes, Soweto, Stellenbosch, UJ at 3:34 PM, No Comments »

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