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October 21st, 2019

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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 »

October 8th, 2018

SA Closed tournament: Candidates 2018 results

The 2018 Candidates was held on June 30 and July 1. The results were as follows:

== day one ==
1: Ben Bredenkamp
2: David Gale
3: Vincent Varkevisser
4: Paul Steyn
5: Francois van Niekerk
6: Michael Rapson and Alastair Slaon
8: Gordon Wells

== day two ==
1: James Nicolson
2: Sam Scott
3: David Gale
4: Lloyd Rubidge
5: Paul Edwards and Paul Steyn
7: Ben Bredenkamp
8: Vincent Varkevisser

The top four players of Candidates day two are through to the next round, the Contenders in September. Congratulations to James Nicolson, Sam Scott, David Gale, and Lloyd Rubidge. They join Victor Chow, Andrew Davies, Andre Connell, and Chris Welsh who qualify for Contenders as the top four players at Contenders 2017.

Posted by Michael Rapson as SAGA, Tournaments at 10:24 PM, No Comments »

October 7th, 2018

Cape Town Open 2018, Final Standings

The Cape Town Open was held on May 19. We had a field of nine players, and many close games. On many boards, the weaker player by rating had winning positions against their opponents but failed to convert, so the final standings go according to rank.

Second and third place was determined by a “sum of sum of opponents McMahon scores” tie breaker after Sam and Chris both ended on 28 [MMS] and 83 [SOS]. There was a dead tie between Lloyd and Paul for fourth place.

Although Christiaan beat Michael in their game, they both started below the McMahon bar with Michael on 25 points and Christiaan on 26 points due to their one-stone rank difference. After one win and a bye each, Michael ended with McMahon score 27 vs Christiaan’s McMahon score 26, holding on to 7th place despite the loss.

Final standings:
1: Andrew Davies, 4d
2: Sam Scott, 3d
3: Chris Welsh, 2d
4: Lloyd Rubidge, 1d, and Paul Steyn, 1k
6: Francois van Niekerk, 4k
7: Michael Rapson, 5k
8: Christiaan Maasdorp, 6k
9: Martin Berglund, 8k

Posted by Michael Rapson as Cape Town, Tournaments at 10:35 PM, No Comments »

May 7th, 2018

Andre at WAGC 2018

An update on my results at WAGC 2018 – started poorly but finished well ending on 4 wins & 4 losses. My SOS tiebreaker is bad due to the early losses so I will end up as one of the lowest 4 win players. Will update final position in comments after last round is finished.

Update: final position 40/61 – lowest SOS of all 4/8 players.

Posted by Andre as Uncategorized, WAGC at 8:22 AM, No Comments »

April 16th, 2018

Please renew your SAGA membership for 2018

This is a call for all SAGA members to renew their membership for 2018 as soon as possible. 2017 memberships have technically expired, but due to the late call will be honoured for an additional two weeks, until 30 April.

Please note that membership fees for 2018 have increased to R220.00, but discounts have been granted for full time tertiary students, to R110.00, and primary or secondary school pupils, to R55.00. Your renewed membership will be valid for the 2018 calendar year. Details for how to renew your membership are available on the SAGA general information page (see the section: Joining SAGA/renewing your membership).

New members are also welcome to join for 2018 now. Membership is required for participation in the national tournaments co-ordinated by SAGA (the SA Open, SA Closed, and the quarterly internet or league tournaments on KGS). Also, only members earn credit points to qualify to represent South Africa at various international tournaments. All members who have signed up or renewed before 30 April will additionally receive the members-only edition of the AGA newsletter, if they wish (if they do not wish to receive this newsletter, please opt out by mailing the membership secretary). Can all renewing their membership or applying for first time membership please email the membership secretary with their current club, preferred email address and optionally their cellphone number.

Due to problems in the past, memberships will only be considered if emails are sent to the membership secretary.

Posted by Paul Steyn as Announcements, SAGA at 1:13 AM, No Comments »

December 26th, 2017

Stellenbosch Open 2017, Final Standings

The Stellenbosch Open was held on Saturday 25 November with a smaller field due to end of year business. Nevertheless close games and a fun time were had by all who could attend.

Final Standings:

1. Andrew Davies 4D MMS 28
2. Chris Welsh* 2D MMS 26
3. Michael Rapson 5K MMS 26
4. Francois van Niekerk 4K MMS 26
5. Christiaan Maasdorp 7K MMS 25
6. Martin Berglund 8K MMS 24
7. Alastair Sloan 8K MMS 23
8. Meyer Elizabeth 14K MMS 17

* Chris Welsh had to concede his round one game due to a work conflict.

Posted by Michael Rapson as Stellenbosch, Tournaments at 3:58 AM, No Comments »

December 26th, 2017

Cape Town Open 2017, Final Standings

The 2017 Cape Town Open was held on Saturday 20 May and 14 players took part. The competition was close, with a number of players ending on identical McMahon scores, going to sum-of-score tiebreakers. 3rd and 5th place were particularly close, ending in draws even after tiebreakers.

The full results:

1. Andrew Davies 4D MMS 29
2. Sam Scott 3D MMS 28
3. Chris Welsh 1D and Paul Steyn 1K MMS 28
5. Lloyd Rubidge 1D and Ben Bredenkamp 2K MMS 27
7. Francois van Niekerk 3K MMS 27
8. Riaan Swart 4K MMS 26
9. Michael Rapson 7K MMS 26
10. Deon Moolman 8K MMS 24
11. Christiaan Maasdorp 8K MMS 23
12. Trevor Hill 9K MMS 22
13. Dariaan Raad 10K MMS 21
14. Tinus Cloete 10K MMS 21

Michael Rapson was promoted to 6K after his result in this tournament.

Posted by Michael Rapson as Cape Town, Tournaments at 3:47 AM, No Comments »

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