Aftermath of Rabbity six; preparing for KAC, part one

Rabbity six is now happily over! The whole tournament trip’s length was three days for me: on Friday I arrived at Tampere, helped organize the playing area, and participated in the Finnish Go Association board meeting. Saturday and Sunday were full of go and fun, and a bit void of sleeping – a normal tournament weekend, in other words! Some tournament games were relayed on KGS with the accounts KaniKuusi, KaniKuusi2 and KaniKuusi3.

The registration for the tournament ended 10 AM on Saturday, after which there was a 50-minute-or-so break, during which the first pairing was made. Pretty close to 11 AM, then, was the opening ceremony, and the games started soon after. There were a good 60 people present. As a funny side event, just before the games started, thanks to a faulty table, a player dropped a full but opened can of energy drink on the floor. We then spent about five minutes getting rid of the sugary pool.

My first game was against Mikko Siukola 4 dan, who put up a really good fight; I had trouble playing the kind of game that I’m good at playing, likely thanks to his efforts. In the end however, the fighting started going in my favor, and Mikko resigned.

After the first round came the lunch break: many players ate meatballs and rice at the university restaurant, which was advertised in the opening ceremony. The chance for this was nice, people not having to go outside to endure the -15 or so Celsius degrees to get their meal.

My second game was against an even more familiar player, Ville Ainali 3 dan of Oulu. This was an exciting game as well, I spent a lot of effort in trying to create a decisive fight. In the end, I couldn’t capture anything big, but I had the point lead anyway.

On the third round on Saturday evening, then, came the likely-decisive game: me against Jeff! As we know each other’s styles really well, the game was almost more metagame than real game; many observers commented they didn’t understand the game at all, while to us it was fairly simple. Jeff did well in preventing my moyoplans, and so the game shifted to close combat. One questionable move by me made the situation extremely complex, but to my luck Jeff misread a capturing race. According to his words he was just looking for a place to resign after that – I, on the other hand, couldn’t stop fighting. This eventually led to my demise, when I tried too hard to kill a group that wasn’t easily killable. Once I resigned, Jeff seemed extremely surprised, seeming as if he’d just woken suddenly up.

Thanks to Pyry Pakkanen for these two pictures!

Our aftermath of the game was rather high-flown. We’ve already established our own concepts to go, “angel” and devil”. Here angel style means creative and fun play, while devil style is less creative and fun, and more winning-oriented. With these terms, I’ll have to study the devil style in order to increase my winning percentage in games in which I have a leading position. Could be a suitable time to start studying Kobayashi Koichi, for example. Humoristic readers who are familiar with some anime series could make an allusion between “devil mode”, “sage mode”, “super Saiyan” and “bankai”. It’s supposed to make me one stone stronger!

After the third round, the sauna and game evening came around. The sauna was located in the middle of a dark dark forest, near a lake – a very nice setting, in other words. Having to walk two kilometres in -15 °C to the sauna was no problem in these terms. The sauna building was nicely full of go players, and a local pizza company had the privilege of transporting close to 20 pizzas to the middle of a forest. The sauna was excellent as well, I remember nearly burning my skin there!

On Sunday morning, then, I was up against Juri Kuronen 5 dan, one of my main opponents of the tournament as well. This game was very eventful, and ended up really close, too. In the end, I made use of Juri’s lack of time – he had to play 6 stones in 21 seconds – and won thanks to that. Expect to find a more detailed commentary about this game later!

The game with Juri took a lot of time, and the lunch break ended up quite short for me. I came ten minutes late for the fifth round, which was bad enough on its own. I then proceeded to play a moyo vs. territory game against Andrey Gomenyuk 5 dan of Russia, but alas he had to leave for his train in the middle of a fight – the game was still completely open, the winner not decided at all. I then ended up on the second place in the tournament, Jeff winning the tournament and Janne Määttä coming in on the third place. In other words, OGP (the go club of Oulu) claimed all the three main prizes! Not a bad tournament at all. :)

After the prizegiving ceremony was over, the goodbyes said, a random new go club created, and the playing hall cleaned up, we went to the downtown of Tampere to the local go players’ haunt of restaurant Konttori. Some more go playing ensued (yes, I have trouble getting enough of it). Later in the evening, around 11 PM, I went to the train station – and got home only after 2 AM, thanks to the national railway service failing once again. Luckily I had no appointments on Monday, so the time of arrival at home didn’t really matter in the end.

Some more studying is in order, and the next tournament up ahead is the Finnish Korean Ambassador’s Cup just next weekend!

Preparing for Rabbity six, part three: learning from past mistakes

Long time no write! The past week has been a bit busy for me, hence the small amount of posts here. Right now I’m in Tampere, ready to play in the Rabbity six tournament which begins tomorrow. I decided to share with you readers what I reviewed with Jeff concerning the game I played with smartrobot on KGS last week. I had black in the game.

Generally, I thought the game was very good, the number of noticeable mistakes being rather small for both. Apart from this game, I’ve played several other games as a preparing for the tournament – also in the European Team Championship tournament on IGS. My general feeling is that I’m pretty much in top shape now!

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Questions and answers, part two

Long time no see! I got a nice amount of questions in the first part of this blog post series, and will now address them. Once you think of new questions, please write them as comments for this post!

Phew, this is one long entry! Please do try to overcome the “too long, didn’t read” feeling – I feel like I wrote a lot of useful and important text for all go players!

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Preparing for Rabbity six, part two

Hi there! Today is a time for more professional game analysis. There are already a good number of questions sent, but I’ll wait a few more days if even more appear, and then answer them at one time! Some people might’ve seen me play an interesting game against smartrobot on KGS last Monday – I’m planning on reviewing that one here a bit later, as well.

Today’s game is played by the enigmatic pro player whom I named to have had the biggest impact on my style. He’s playing black in the game – can you guess who he is? The game itself is very interesting, with many nice strategical ideas.

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Questions and answers, part one

Hi everyone!

To get even more activity to this blog, I’m now introducing a questions and answers blog post series. The idea is, that readers can get answers to go-related questions from an experienced player, and in exchange I’ll get ideas for subjects to write new blog posts about. Thus, you are welcome to ask me anything about go in this post’s comment section, be it about difficult board positions, go philosophy, or anything else! If many questions appear, I’m afraid I might not have the capacity to answer every single one, but I’ll try my best!

Preparing for Rabbity six, part one

One of my main ways of studying go, probably not unlike most mid-to-high dan players’, is to review games by professional players. As long as you understand what the players are going about, this way of studying is pretty much as useful as reading a go book. The understanding part however is not quite so simple, and can often require a lot of thought work. I shall use this blog to present my thoughts about professional games that interest me, and also to sort out my thoughts to myself.

The game I’m reviewing this time was played in 1995 by Kato Masao (white) and Fujisawa Shuko, the latter being my favourite professional player. He has a nice, solid style, and is able to play in an incredibly relaxed way. As you shall read later, however, he is actually not the one to have the greatest influence on my playing style. Feel free to guess in the comment section who the most influential one is!

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Rabbity six, 27-28 November

Late in November this year, the Rabbity six tournament is coming around again. This time the tournament will do for me as a preparation for the Korean Ambassador’s Cup and the Finnish Championship, as well as the London Open Go Congress later this year. It’s going to become rather busy, but luckily I enjoy tournaments a great deal.

Rabbity six’s format is a regular five-round McMahon tournament. The big hall of Restaurant Zip at Tampere University of Technology has become almost iconic for the tournament, and works very well for its needs. Even better, the tournament’s organization is among the best in the whole of Finland, everything running incredibly smoothly. As usual, on Saturday evening there is a traditional Finnish sauna and game evening, which is likely to be the high point of the tournament for a significant number of participants (yes, including me).

If you could determine game results beforehand simply by ranks, the deciding game of Rabbity six would happen between me and Su Yang 6 dan, in a similar fashion as in the Oulu Mind Sports tournament last October. Practically speaking, I will need to be in top shape for every game, especially with Janne Määttä 4 dan, who’s beaten me numerous times. Like with my general go philosophy, however, I will not be attending Rabbity Six for the purpose of winning it; I will attend because it’s extremely fun, and because it’s one more opportunity for me to learn something new about this interesting game.

Go of Ten launches!

Hi everyone! You’ve found your way to the go blog of Ten (Antti Törmänen, Finnish 6 dan). In the not-too-distant future, expect to find here go tournament stories, training montages for said tournaments, game commentaries, go essays and go-related news. My aim is to handle the essays and commentaries in such a way that everyone will get something out from them!

I’m still getting familiar with how WordPress works, so there’s likely going to be big changes with the structure and look of this page. The theme’s likely going to change later as well, once I finish working on a new one that I can accept.

Comments are, and will always be, extremely welcome, so please write if you have anything on your mind!

Here’s a test for what go diagrams will look like. Extra points for the first reader to figure out which game this is!

Guess who?