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September 6th, 2020

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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 »

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 »

April 5th, 2020

1Q iNet Tournament 2020

The 1Q internet tournament was held on Sunday 29 March, on OGS. 10 players participated.

Andre Connell secured a good win against the number one seed, Andrew Davies, in round two. He unfortunately faltered against Chris Welsh in round three, leaving the way open for Chris to take the tournament. Congratulations to Chris on his win.

Final standings:
1: Chris Welsh, 3d
2: Andre Connell, 2d
3: Andrew Davies, 4d
4: Ben Bredenkamp, 1k
5: Lloyd Rubidge, 1d
6: Paul Edwards, 1d
7: David Gale, 2k
8: Michael Rapson, 4k
9: Vincent Varkevisser, 4k
10: Christiaan Maasdorp, 5k

Posted by Michael Rapson as Tournaments at 5:18 PM, No Comments »

December 8th, 2019

Winter League 2019

Winter league 2019 took place from May through September, with 19 players taking part.

Typically the winter league is a round robin tournament with players divided into groups according to their strength. This year, a five round McMahon style tournament was tested. Pairings were pre-drawn based on player rankings at the start of the tournament. This allowed games to be played in any order (as typical for the winter league), while allowing players to all compete in a single group.

The trial format seems to have worked well. In particular, it allowed for players who had previously been seeded at the top of bottom of their groups to play both stronger and weaker players.

Congratulations to Andrew Davies for winning the tournament. Lloyd Rubidge placed second, with Chris Welsh and Andre Connell sharing third place. Vincent Varkvisser, Stephen Martindale, and Calvin Brizzi all earned promotions during the tournament.

Final standings:
1: Andrew Davies, 4d
2: Lloyd Rubidge, 1d
3: Chris Welsh, 3d, and
Andre Connell, 2d
5: Paul Edwards, 1d
6: Vincent Varkvisser, 4k
7: David Gale, 2k
8: Christiaan Maasdorp, 5k
9: Michael Rapson, 4k
10: Stephen Martindale, 4k
11: James Gelant, 5k
12: Marc Loon, 5k
13: Pablo Casado, 5k
14: Gordon Wells, 7k
15: Alastair Sloan, 8k
16: Tinus Cloete, 9k
17: Neville Eisenberg, 9k
18: Calvin Brizzi, 13k
19: Cameron Davies, 15k

Posted by Michael Rapson as Tournaments, Winter League at 10:45 PM, No Comments »

October 27th, 2019

2Q iNet Tournament 2019

The 2Q internet tournament was held on Saturday 26 October. The field divided into two main rating clusters, 4d-1d and 4k-7k. This made for competitive matches within the clusters, but also allowed the kyu players the opportunity to test their strength against dan-level players in a tournament game (without handicap). Super to have Magnus, visiting from Germany, in the field.

Final standings:
1: Chris Welsh, 3d
2: Andrew Davies, 4d
3: Magnus Lordan, 1d [Euro]
4: Andre Connell, 2d
5: Vincent Varkevisser, 4k
6: Michael Rapson, 4k
7: Christiaan Maasdorp, 5k
8: Gordon Wells, 7k

Posted by Michael Rapson as Tournaments at 5:53 PM, No Comments »

October 21st, 2019

SA Closed tournament: Contenders 2019 results

Contenders was held in Johannesburg this year, with 5 Gauteng-based and 3 Cape-based players. Thanks to Andre Connell for hosting and directing the tournament.

The tournament produced a number of close games (four finishing within 10 points), and the top three positions were separated by just a game each. The final standings were as follows:
1) Victor Chow – 7 wins
2) Andrew Davies – 6 wins
3) Andre Connell – 5 wins
4) Chris Welsh – 3 wins
5) Lloyd Rubidge – 3 wins
6) Ben Bredenkamp – 2 wins
7) James Nicolson – 1 win
8) Paul Edwards – 1 win

Two way ties are broken in favour of the winner of the head to head match (Chris and James).
Victor, Andrew, Andre, and Chris automatically qualify for the event next year.

Posted by Michael Rapson as Tournaments at 11:23 PM, No Comments »

October 21st, 2019

SA Closed tournament: Candidates 2019 results

The 2019 Candidates was held on April 6 and 7. The results were as follows:

== day one ==
1: Paul Edwards
2: Paul Steyn
3: Michael Rapson
4: Ben Bredenkamp
5: Christiaan Maasdorp
6: Vincent Varkevisser
7: Fred Strauss

== day two ==
1: Paul Edwards
2: Sam Scott
3: James Nicolson
4: Ben Bredenkamp
5: Lloyd Rubidge
6: Paul Steyn
7: Dave Gale
8: Michael Rapson

The top four players of Candidates day two are through to the next round, the Contenders in September. Congratulations to Paul Edwards, Sam Scott*, James Nicolson, and Ben Bredenkamp. They join Chris Welsh, Victor Chow, Andre Connell, and Andrew Davies who qualify for Contenders as the top four players at Contenders 2018.

*Sam Scott was unavailable for Contenders, so his place went to Lloyd Rubidge instead.

Posted by Michael Rapson as Tournaments at 11:21 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 »

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