Buan was an interesting place for a go tournament. There was a children’s go tournament there just before our tournament.
The hotel was 40 minutes drive from the playing venue and can be seen in this photo through the trumpet.
My result was 3 from 6 and 29th out of 54. This was about what I expected, but the way it happened not so much.
Day 1. Two wins and one a good win against a strong European 3 dan (overall happy)
Day 2. Two losses in games in which I had my chances against strong opponents. The first game was recorded and will be shown on TV along with a strange interview. (overall not too dissatisfied, but ruing the missed chances)
Day3. A loss to someone I should give stones to and almost lost to a 2 Kyu. (a disastrous day really)
3 from 6 and an embarrassing end.
Boy! am I not ready for Korea!
So far I am 3 from 4, but tonight’s game may be tough. Billy Sun is ranked 6 dan. He is probably weaker than Kevin, but I have never got close to beating Kevin.
If I could win tonight then I probably would play Kevin next. That assumes that Kevin beats Ken.
UPDATE: The game went quite well, except that I got into a fight which I lost due to a misreading. I probably could have lived if I had noticed the flaw earlier as I had probe options that could have remedied it in sente.
A win but not pretty.
My opponent Zhang Dian played a few slack moves, but was punishing my slack moves even more. I was a bit behind when My opponent let me get some moves in while attacking one group that made an attack on his other group more serious.
I killed the group and then won on time.
Played last night against Gongsu Chen. Boy am I rusty!
I had chances to get a really good game and blew them. Instead of taking the easy route, I tried something complicated and got a terrible result. Then instead of playing the move I read out, I changed my mind at the last minute and thought I could put in a forcing move. Early resignation
My opponent was too strong to play that badly and expect to have a chance. Next game I will try to do better.
With the invitation to go to the Korean tournament this year, it is time to resurrect my interest in go. I don’t expect to get back to my best, but I need to make a decent account of myself.
So I will take part in the Australia-New Zealand online tournament starting this week. http://digital.go.org.au/2016.html
My first game is tonight against TriDat Tran from Australia.
UPDATE: In spite of being rusty I managed a win. A new opponent will be assigned tomorrow (Sunday 3 July).