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July 4th, 2005

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July 2005

Johannesburg Handicap Tournament


The JHB Club will be hosting a handicap tournament on the Sunday the 31st of July 2005, held at the Westdene Recreation Centre. The tournament will be a three round tournament (fourth round if necessary) and is open to all players, regardless of SAGA membership, nationality, rank or club affiliation. Handicaps will be determined by their latest rank in the SAGA ranking record, at the time of the tournament. Lunch will be served.

The tournament is open to all players.

Komi: White will receive a komi of 6.5 points in even games, and 0.5 in handicap games. In handicap games where the difference in ranks is greater than 9, 10 points komi will be awarded to Black in lieu of each handicap stone beyond 9. For example, in a game between a 5-kyu and a 25-kyu (rank difference of 20), Black would receive 9 stones and 110 points komi (and white will still receive 0.5 points komi, as well).

Time limits: 40 minutes thinking time per player plus 20 moves for each 5 minute overtime period.

Round 1: 09h20
Round 2: 11h00
Round 3: 13h40
Round 4: 15h20 (if necessary)

Fees: The tournament costs R20 for adults, and R10 for scholars and students. This cost includes lunch. A late registration surcharge of R10 may also be applicable. Please note: no pay – no play. However, financial assistance is available for those in need. Prior arrangements regarding financial assitance must be made with the tournament directors before the 31st of July 2005.

Prizes: Certificates will be awarded for 1st and 2nd place.

Registration: Please register in advance as this helps a great deal in the logistical planning. Registration will be available at the Joburg Go Club every Tuesday prior to the tournament. Please contact the tournament directors with any registration queries.

Registration closes on Friday 29 July 2005. There will be a late registration period from 08h30 to 09h00 on Sunday 31 July 2005.

Tournament Directors:
Dave Gale – 083 468 0037
Tristen Taylor – 084 250 2434

For more info, please download the JHB July 2005 Notice.

For a Map to the Westdene Recreation Centre, click here.

Questions, email Tristen Taylor or call him on 084 250-2434


Seventeen players participated in the JHB July, and the tournament went to four rounds. The winner was dediced in the fourth round match between Ramone Dean (22-kyu, Soweto) and Ben Gale (3-dan, JHB). With a handicap of 9 and a komi of 150, Ramone forced an early resignation and took home first place.

The next handicap tournament will be in November 2005, after Gauteng has finished demolishing the Western Cape in August’s internet tournament.

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