Long time no write!
Well, it’s actually been only a little more than one week, but what with all the activities I’ve had recently, it relatively feels like a longer time. As I wrote last week, I did two interviews and visited in total three different go schools in addition to that of Nihon Ki-in’s. Actually, I still haven’t got too much time to formulate a long blog post, so for now I’m only writing this as a status update. In less than two hours, I’m meeting with an acquaintance at the Nihon Ki-in, in order to play a few games and study together before the weekly English class. The acquaintance is not a professional, but is still close to professional level.
Some of you may have noticed that I also have a Twitter account. Since writing longer blog posts takes its own time, it might be handy if I wrote quicker status updates mostly by Twitter. I’ll look into whether I can implement a feature on this page’s right-side bar to show my latest few Twitter posts. Up until then, feel free to have a look at my Twitter page. I haven’t written too much there so far, but that’s likely change soon!
This blog post’s topic is referring to the fact that I went up another class this weekend. The last six games in D class yielded me four wins and two losses, the losses being by 0.5 and 3.5 points to insei number 1 and 4 respectively. Seeing how even the D class insei are wiping the board with me in the endgame, I’ll need to expend some extra effort on that in the future. In the end, with a total of four losses and 22 wins, I only got the second place of D class. In other words, starting next weekend, I’ll be insei number 10 in class C. Here’s the results sheet from Saturday:
The numbers at the bottom represent wins and losses from the first two weeks.
Close by to the Nihon Ki-in, I spotted a funny advertisement that I also want to share:
Some of you may have noticed from Facebook that I visited Mimura Tomoyasu 9 dan’s go school last week, and that I also got an invitation to study more there if I want. As if I’d pass up the opportunity! Mimura sensei used to be Fujisawa Shuko’s disciple — Shuko, as some of you may remember, being my favorite professional player. My initial interest towards this particular go school originates from there, but after my visit to the school, its atmosphere and Mimura sensei’s character made the school seem even more interesting. As it looks at the moment, I’m probably going there both tomorrow on Wednesday, and again on Friday. Some other insei attend the school as well; last week I spotted two E-classers, one D-classer and Mimura junior, who is in B class. As I have limited time now, I’ll come back later to describe the school in more detail. The most impatient of the readers may want to check Tom’s blog post about the same visit to the go school, with a few photos included!