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March 8th, 2005

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Cape Town Open


This tournament is hosted by the Cape Town Go club: the venue is A Touch of Madness restaurant in Nuttall Road, Observatory. We hope that players will support them by having lunch and/or refreshments there.

The tournament is scheduled for 12 March, and will be a 3 round MacMahon tournament, and takes up the morning and afternoon, the last round ending at 17h45.

The Cape Town Open is open to all players of all strengths, and the entry fee is R10 for pre-registered players, and R20 otherwise. You also have to either be a member of, or join SAGA at the tournament to participate. SAGA membership fees are R70/R35/R15 for normal/student/scholar membership for 2005, respectively.

If you are interested in participating, please e-mail Konrad Scheffler for more information, or send him your name, club (if you belong to one), and the grade you wish to enter the tournament at, to register.

This tournament is a qualifying tournament for the annual South African Closed: the players with the top 12 MacMahon scores in the qualifying tournaments (after some standardizing) are invited to take part in the South African Closed.

09h30-10h00: Registration
10h00-12h00: Round 1
12h00-13h30: Lunch
13h30-15h30: Round 2
15h45-17h45: Round 3
18h00 : Prizegiving

Time limits will be 45 minutes per player plus overtime (byo yomi) of 15 stones in 5 minutes.


Twelve players participated in this year’s Cape Town Open on the 12th of March. A number of players dealt with the continuing uncertainty over their ranks by entering at levels higher than their official rank, with the adjusted ranks proving much better on the day. The biggest “ringer” was James Gelant, officially 18 kyu, who entered at 14 kyu and still won two out of three at handicaps of MacMahon difference minus one. All of the up and coming players were particularly impressive with their continuing improvement and seemed to be playing above their increased rank.

The bar was set at 5 kyu, with 8 players entering above and 4 below the bar. The surprise of the tournament was Steve Kroon, entered at 5 kyu, who beat defending champion Andrew Davies (1 kyu) in the first round by killing a large group in an all-or-nothing fight and followed up by beating 3rd seed Lloyd Rubidge (3 kyu) with a nasty endgame ripoff. In the end, the winner was Konrad Scheffler, 1 dan, who benefited from Steve having taken out his main rivals.


  • Konrad Scheffler (above bar)
  • Andrew Davies (above bar)
  • Lloyd Rubidge (above bar)
  • Reinhardt Messerschmidt (above bar)
  • Bernard Broens (above bar)
  • Steve Kroon (above bar)
  • David Richfield (above bar)
  • Daniel Wium (above bar)
  • Jaco Swanepoel (7k)
  • Rory Beling (8k)
  • Florian Breuer (9k)
  • James Gelant (14k)

Round 1

White Black Handicap Result
Andrew Davies Steve Kroon 0 Black wins
David Richfield Lloyd Rubidge 0 Black wins
Konrad Scheffler Bernard Broens 0 White wins
Daniel Wium Reinhardt Messerschmidt 0 Black wins
Jaco Swanepoel Rory Beling 0 White wins
Florian Breuer James Gelant 4 Black wins

Round 2

White Black Handicap Result
Lloyd Rubidge Steve Kroon 0 Black wins
Reinhardt Messerschmidt Konrad Scheffler 0 Black wins
David Richfield Andrew Davies 0 Black wins
Bernard Broens Daniel Wium 0 White wins
Jaco Swanepoel Florian Breuer 2 Black wins
Rory Beling James Gelant 4 Black wins

Round 3

White Black Handicap Result
Steve Kroon Konrad Scheffler 0 Black wins
Andrew Davies Lloyd Rubidge 0 White wins
Bernard Broens Reinhardt Messerschmidt 0 White wins
Daniel Wium David Richfield 0 White wins
Jaco Swanepoel James Gelant 5 White wins
Rory Beling Florian Breuer 0 Black wins

Final Results

Pos Name MacMahon Score SOS Number of wins
1 Konrad Scheffler 28 80 3
2 Steve Kroon 27 81 2
3 Bernard Broens 27 80 2
4 Andrew Davies 27 78 2
5 Reinhardt Messerschmidt 26 81 1
6 Lloyd Rubidge 26 79 1
7 Daniel Wium 26 78 1
8 David Richfield 25 79 0
9 Jaco Swanepoel 25 70 2
10 Florian Breuer 23 67 2
11 Rory Beling 22 70 0
12 James Gelant 18 57 2

Draws were decided by the sum of opponent’s MacMahon scores. The Gotha tournament file is available here.

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