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February 27th, 2022

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Winter League 2021

Winter league 2021 took place from June to November, with 12 players taking part. Players ranged from 3d to 7k in strength. Once again, the tournament used a McMahon style with pairing pre-drawn based on player ranks at the start of the tournament. The bar was set at 3k for this season.

Congratulations to Chris, who won the league for the second year in a row, with straight wins. Andrew and Andre placed second and third respectively. Michael was promoted back to 4k during the tournament.

1Chris Welsh3d
2Andrew Davies3d
3Andre Connell2d
4Rocco Vivier2k
5Lloyd Rubidge1d
6Ben Bredenkamp1k
7James Nicolson1k
8Christiaan Maasdrop3k
9Michael Rapson4k
10Paul Edwards1d
11Gordon Wells7k
12Fred Strauss7k

Posted by Michael Rapson as Rank Changes, Tournaments, Uncategorized, Winter League at 1:11 PM, No Comments »

September 26th, 2021

SA Closed tournament: Contenders 2021 results

Contenders was once again held primarily online, using the South Africa room of OGS as the main venue. Players were also given the option of meeting up and playing “over the board” with opponents in their area.

Victor took first place, again with straight wins. Not all the games were as comfortable, however. Andrew managed to keep his game against Victor within 10 points throughout, and Chris had a 15 point lead at move 80 that he didn’t manage to convert. The fight for second was fierce. Andre’s win vs Andrew left him with all to play for in the final game vs Chris. When Chris held on to his 1.5 point lead in end game, David’s early upset win against Andre left Andre on 4 points. This handed Andrew second place, with the tie breaker being Andrew’s head to head win vs Chris.

There was a three way tie between the lower four players, with Christiaan, Rocco, and David all on 2 wins. Christiaan took 5th place, with Rocco in 6th. Head to head games were again the tie breaker. David’s upset win against Andre unfortunately only earned him 7th place, with Ben taking a point off Christiaan.

Congratulations to Christiaan and Rocco who participated in Contenders for the first time. Christiaan also earned promotion to 2k after his win against David.

1Victor Chow, 7d7
2Andrew Davies, 3d5Tie breaker: Andrew beat Chris
3Chris Welsh, 3d5
4Andre Connell, 2d4
5Christiaan Maasdorp, 2k2Tie breaker: Christiaan beat Rocco and David
6Rocco Vivier, 2k2Tie breaker: Rocco beat David
7David Gale, 1k2
8Ben Bredenkamp, 1k1
Final Standings

Posted by Michael Rapson as Rank Changes, SAGA, Tournaments, Uncategorized at 7:54 PM, No Comments »

May 30th, 2021

Cape Town Open 2021

The 2021 Cape Town Open was held on May 30 and was played “over the board”.

First place was closely by Andrew and Sam, with their head to head game going to Andrew by less than komi. James got revenge against Fred for his loss during Candidates day one, but lost to Christiaan in the final round, allowing Michael to sneak ahead on “sum of scores”. This puts Christiaan and James at one all so far in tournament games this year.

Thanks to everyone who took part.

1Andrew Davies, 3d3514
2Sam Scott, 3d2514
3Christiaan Maasdorp, 3k2413
4Michael Rapson, 5k1514
5James Gelant, 3k1413
6Fred Strauss, 7k0413

Posted by Michael Rapson as Cape Town, Tournaments, Western Cape at 10:14 PM, No Comments »

May 2nd, 2021

Candidates 2021 results

The “Candidates” stage of the SA Closed tournament was played this weekend, May 1 and 2. Each day is a three round Swiss tournament, with the top four players from day one progressing to day two. The top for players from day two move on to the “Contenders” stage of the tournament.

Day one saw an upset with Fred Strauss beating James Gelant in the first round. James managed to stabilise in the next two games, and then went on to win day two. Three players who played day one went on to qualify for Contenders. All three will be playing in Contenders for the first time in 2021. Congratulations to Rocco, Christiaan, and James Gelant. They also earned promotions based on their performance. They are now 2k, 3k, and 3k respectively.

David Gale also secured his place at Contenders. He previously qualified for the tournament in 2018.

Day One:
1: Rocco Vivier
2: Christiaan Maasdorp
3: Michael Rapson
4: James Gelant
5: Fred Strauss
6: James Nicolson
7: Gordon Wells

Day Two:
1: James Gelant
2: Rocco Vivier
3: Christiaan Maasdorp
4: David Gale
5: Michael Rapson
6: Ben Bredenkamp
7: Paul Edwards
8: Paul Steyn

Positions 2-4 and 5-7 are determined by “sum of opponent scores”.

Posted by Michael Rapson as Rank Changes, SAGA, Tournaments, Uncategorized at 9:17 PM, No Comments »

March 29th, 2021

1Q iNet Tournament 2020

The 1Q internet tournament was held on Sunday 28 March, on OGS. 10 players participated.

Competition was fierce between the top three, with Andrew beating Andre by 4.5 points but losing to Chris by the same margin to end in second. Congratulations to Chris on his win. All games were even (no handicap) and positions 4 to 6 were determined by “sum of opponent’s scores”.

Final standings:
1: Chris Welsh, 3d
2: Andrew Davies 3d
3: Andre Connell, 2d
4: Paul Edwards, 1d
5: Rocco Vivier, 3k
6: Ben Bredenkamp, 1k
7: Dave Gale, 1k
8: Christina Auret, 6k
9: Christiaan Maasdorp, 4k
10: Michael Rapson, 5k

Posted by Michael Rapson as Tournaments at 8:11 PM, No Comments »

December 2nd, 2020

Winter League 2020

Winter league 2020 took place from May through September, with 18 players taking part. Player ranks ranged from 4d to 18k.

A McMahon style tournament, with pairings pre-drawn based on player ranks at the start of the tournament, was trialed in 2019. As the format seemed to be successful, it was used again. The “McMahon bar” was set at 3k to encourage games between players above and below the bar after the initial rounds.

Competition for the top spot was fierce, but ultimately an on form Chris Welsh secured wins against Andrew and Ben to secure first place with a MMS (McMahon score) of 22. Four players tied on an MMS of 21. These were Ben, Andrew, Andre, and Rocco. Ben and Andrew were only separated by their head to head game, won by Ben. Andrew managed to finally break Andre’s winning streak in their head to head tournament matches during 2020. The remaining ties were broken by SOSM or SOSOSM (“sum of opponent score McMahon” and “sum of sum of opponent score McMahon” respectively).

Congratulations to Rocco, Fred, Neville, Anton, and Pico who all received promotions during the course of the tournament.

Final standings:
1: Chris Welsh, 3d
2: Ben Gale, 4d
3: Andrew Davies, 3d
4: Andre Connell, 2d
5: Rocco Vivier, 3k
6: James Nicolson, 1k
7: James Gelant, 4k
8: David Gale, 1k
9: Michael Rapson, 5k
10: Paul Edwards, 1d
11: Lloyd Rubidge, 1d
12: Christiaan Maasdorp, 4k
13: Marc Loon, 5k
14: Fred Strauss, 7k
15: Gordon Wells, 7k
16: Neville Eisenberg, 11k (playing as 10k in the tournament)
17: Anton Stott, 13k
18: Pico Geyer, 16k

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December 1st, 2020

SA Closed tournament: Contenders 2020 results

Contenders was held primarily online this year, using the South Africa room of OGS as the main venue. Players were also given the option of meeting up and playing “over the board” with opponents in their area.

In the top four players, Victor and Andrew defended their 2019 positions, and Chris managed to nudge Andre out of 3rd. There was a three way tie in the bottom four players, with Lloyd, Ben, and Paul Edwards all on 2 wins. This arose because they each scored one win and one loss in their head-to-head games. The rules of the Candidates tournament specifies that this tie is broken based on the results from the previous year (2019). This resulted in Lloyd and Ben taking 5th and 6th place respectively. Paul Edwards improved on his 2019 position, finishing in 7th. Congratulations to Paul Steyn for qualifying for candidates for the first time.

The final standings were as follows:
1) Victor Chow – 7 wins
2) Andrew Davies – 6 wins
3) Chris Welsh – 5 wins
4) Andre Connell – 4 wins
5) Lloyd Rubidge – 2 wins, tiebreaker 5th in 2019
6) Ben Bredenkamp – 2 wins, tiebreaker 6th in 2019
7) Paul Edwards – 2 wins, tiebreaker 8th in 2019
8) Paul Steyn – 0 wins

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

Posted by Michael Rapson as SAGA, Tournaments at 11:40 PM, No Comments »

September 6th, 2020

KPMC 2020

Victor Chow represented South Africa in the 15th Korea Prime Minister Cup, held in August. The tournament was held online, so the usual round robin format was replaced by a double elimination qualifying round, followed by a knock out tournament for the top 32 players.

Victor finished top of his group with straight wins and progressed to the knock out tournament. He beat the representatives from the Czech Republic and Ukraine in round of 32 and round of 16 respectively. In the round of 8, he faced Minoru Ozeki from Japan, who unfortunately proved too strong. Ozeki went on to face China in the final.

Congratulations to Victor for a solid performance at the 15th KPMC, where he showed his fighting spirit on many occasions. Full results are available on the KPMC site.

Posted by Michael Rapson as KPMC, Tournaments at 11:19 PM, No Comments »

May 23rd, 2020

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 »

April 19th, 2020

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 »

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