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April 5th, 2020

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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 »

October 21st, 2019

1Q iNet Tournament 2019

The 1Q iNet tournament was held on Saturday 23 February, in the South African Group chat on OGS. We had an enjoyable first tournament for the year. The field was small as various players who expressed interest were unable to make it on the day. Thanks to those who attended.

Final standings:
1) Paul Steyn, MMS 25
2) Michael Rapson, MMS 24
3) Fred Strauss, MMS 23
4) Anton Stott, MMS 17, SOS 53
5) Calvin Brizzi, MMS 17, SOS 52

Congratulations to Calvin for his promotion to 14k after his round one win.

Posted by Michael Rapson as Tournaments at 10:58 PM, No Comments »

October 21st, 2019

Gauteng Open 2018, Final Standings

The Gauteng Open was held on Saturday 1 December, in Randburg. The tournament had a large field and a wide range of player strengths. Thanks to Andre Connell for organising the tournament and Marc Loon for hosting.

Final standings:
1. Hoon Shim, 5d, MMS 31
2. Dave Gale, 2k, MMS 30, SOS 90
3. Andre Connell, 2d, MMS 30, SOS 88
4. Ben Bredenkamp, 1k, MMS 30, SOS 84
5. Paul Edwards, 1d, MMS 29
6. James Nicolson, 1k, MMS 28
7. Vincent Varkevisser, 5k, MMS 27, SOS 85
8. Michael Rapson, 5k, MMS 27, SOS 79
9. Peet Brits, 6k, MMS 27, SOS 77
10. Grace Lee, 5k, MMS 26, SOS 82
11. Marc Loon, 5k, MMS 26, SOS 77
12. Hany Lee, 8k, MMS 24
13. Anton Scott, 14k, MMS 16
14. Pico Geyer, 20k(?), MMS 11
15. Marika Wojcik, 22k(?), MMS 10

Congratulations to Peet Brits, on his promotion to 5k after his three wins in the tournament.

Posted by Michael Rapson as Joburg, Pretoria, Rank Changes, Tournaments at 10:49 PM, No Comments »

November 5th, 2018

Stellenbosch Open 2018, Final Standings

The Stellenbosch Open was held on Saturday 3 November. We had 8 players on the day, and an enjoyable tournament all round. The dan players kept the SDK players in check, and Andrew won against Chris to secure another Stellenbosch Open title.

The DDK players had a good showing, with all the scoring important wins and promotions. Congratulations to HyeJin Kim, 13k, Cameron Davies, 15k, and Calvin Brizzi, 17k.

Final Standings:
1. Andrew Davies, 4d
2. Chris Welsh, 3d
3. Christiaan Maasdorp, 5k
4. Michael Rapson, 5k
5. Francois van Niekerk, 4k
6. HyeJin Kim, 13k (previously 14k)
7. Cameron Davies, 15k (previously 16k)
8. Calvin Brizzi, 17k (previously 18k)

Posted by Michael Rapson as Rank Changes, Stellenbosch, Tournaments at 12:13 AM, No Comments »

October 13th, 2018

SA Closed tournament: Contenders 2018 results

The round robin format final 8 competition was held in Cape Town 22-24 September.

Chris Welsh added an upset in his online game against Victor to a solid performance in the over the board games to create a two way tie with Victor at the top on 6 points. Two way ties are resolved in favour of the winner of the head-to-head game, giving Chris first place. Chris’s performance also earned his promotion to 3 dan. Congratulations!

Andre’s fighting style of play yielded results against the Cape players, with him taking 3 of the 4 games (from Cape Town, only Sam scored his point against Andre).

1. Chris Welsh 3d (6 wins, prev 2d)
2. Victor Chow 7d (6 wins)
3. Andre Connell 3d (5 wins)
4. Andrew Davies 4d (4 wins)
5. Sam Scott 3d (3 wins)
6. Lloyd Rubidge 1d (2 wins)
7. James Nicolson 1k (2 wins)
8. David Gale 2k (0 wins)

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

Posted by Michael Rapson as SAGA, Tournaments at 10:09 PM, No Comments »

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