Getting all the busier

This time, I’m writing a shorter status update only. There was a nice snowstorm yesterday here in Tokyo — indeed, the snowfall was pretty much at the same level with what we usually get in Finland. In addition to the snow, there was also some thundering, which is something we usually do not get in Finland. A few hours into the snowfall, the ground was all slushy, and even now, some eighteen hours later, it appears there’s some snow left on the ground. Just when I was thinking that I wouldn’t see any snow at all this winter!

Last weekend marked another pretty bad result for me (the last time was in December), with only one win and five losses. I’m not letting it get to me, and instead opt to learn from my mistakes — I find that getting to B class is something that will happen on its own if I actually do learn to play better. Furthermore, if I went to play next weekend with an attitude like “if I win all my games, I’ll get to B class”, I most definitely wouldn’t  make it. While the weekend didn’t go well, yesterday I beat Mimura Jr. (who’s in B class) quite easily at the dojo, meaning that I cannot really be in a slump or anything.

As of late, as the topic also implies, I’ve been having more and more things to do. Last week, I went to the Mimura go dojo on three days, and adding the insei weekend and our English class to that, I had only one purely free day. It’s not like these blog texts are quick to write, either, especially if I’m preparing a text with go diagrams. I’ve also the Nordic Go Academy to co-run all the while, and the Finnish Go Association’s new website to plan. While on the other hand that could sound like a lot to do, I prefer being busy over getting bored.

Adding to all the rest, tonight I’ll be playing a game in the Pandanet European Team Championship. On this round, Finland will face Israel, which appears to be the most decisive match in the B league. Hopefully many of my readers will come enjoy the match! Note that my game with Ali Jabarin is played earlier than the others, at 17:00 CET, because I’m located in Japan and Ali in Korea. This means the game will start at 1 AM my time, but I’m planning to do my best nevertheless.

If all goes well, I’ll write another blog post or two tomorrow, or the day after. The Weekly go magazine had “ten most popular joseki” in this week’s edition, and I’ve also something game-related to post from last weekend.

7 thoughts on “Getting all the busier”

  1. Your blog is a really interesting read, I look forward to your new entries. Thank you for writing of your experiences.

    I am personally interested in the process of making goban’s. Perhaps if you have any spare time and are looking for a ‘mission’ you could try and investigate and document the traditional methods of production in Japan?

    1. Thanks for your interest!

      The making of goban is quite interesting indeed, and I wouldn’t mind using some effort in finding more out about that. Time is currently a constraint, but I’ll see what I can do on the longer run!

  2. Your game with Ali yesterday was really spectacular! The two huge, simultaneously killed dragons followed by the final semeai made it really thrilling. At least for player of my level (1d EGF), at the same time you were filling the 15+ liberties on both sides I asked myself: Do they already know the result from the beginning and play it only for us spectators? So that would be my question on you..

    Otherwise good luck in Japan and thanks for this great blog!

    1. Thanks!

      At the moment when I initiated the big semeai instead of just connecting my group to safety, I hadn’t read out the liberties yet. I was just thinking that “there’s no way I can lose this”. True enough, the semeai got very close then after all. A few moves into the semeai, when Ali was taking his time on his turn, I did then count the liberties, and got that I was bound to win it by one (and later by two, when Ali made a mistake in the race).

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