Two insei kifu

As promised earlier, here come two of my last weekend’s kifu with some commentary! Mostly, the comments are based on what the Japanese professionals remarked at the English class last Tuesday. This time, the comments are included in the sgf file!

First up is the only game that I lost last weekend. There’s not an awful lot to say about it, though, as much of the opening follow’s one of Cho U’s and Takao Shinji’s Kisei game from this year.

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Watch out in the second sgf — at least at move 22, half of the comments aren’t instantly shown (you need to scroll down). I’ll have to see if it’s possible to make the text field bigger.

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Out-of-ordinary insei training and a go party

Today marked a slightly more special insei training day. Out of the blue during the day, the insei instructors came up with the idea of switching the classroom to the sixth floor from the normal seventh. That means that today, I played two of my three games in a traditional tatami room, which the professionals normally use for their games! Of course, it wasn’t my first time in a tatami room, as I’d participated in two kenkyuukai before. Still, it was a welcome change.

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Status update and a 30-minute tsumego test

The last week’s been usually busy again. Around last week’s Wednesday I caught a cold, although for a Finn, the temperature’s been really high for this time of the year. During daytime, it’s something like 5°C here in Tokyo, while it’s been -30°C in my hometown of Oulu for the last week or so. That’s the kind of temperature that you cannot be sure whether you’re able to start your car or not!

While I did catch the cold, it wasn’t luckily too big of a deal. I probably had a temperature, but nothing past 37.5°C — not enough to prevent me from participating in the weekend’s insei games. The headache that came with the cold made playing slightly difficult though, and I noted an interesting shift in my play: playing the opening game was easy, as I wasn’t able to over-think things, but I lost control further into the games. In the end, I did manage to win three of the six games, which is a fine defense.

For the past week, I’ve been continuing my professional game memorizing plan, although at a slower rate of new games. In addition, I’ve done something like a whopping 1000 tsumego just this week. When I yesterday returned to the Ichikawa dojo from about one week’s absence, I scored both three wins out of three games (including a win against Mimura Kenta, insei B class), and also got the top score at a 30-minute tsumego test we had. Usually I would have trouble even solving all the tsumego in time, but somehow this time around I finished five minutes early — and while I did miss two solutions, I still got the top score out of the students. As we didn’t hold our English class this week, and the last weekend’s games weren’t of too high quality in the end, I thought to include the afore-mentioned tsumego test this time for the readers’ interest. All the 15 tsumego are in the following sgf file!

edit February 9 20:55: Whoops, forgot two key stones from the very first problem. Sorry! Fixed now.

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PETC game revisited — and some other stuff

As I also tweeted earlier, I missed getting promoted to B class by a hair (that means, by the amount of one single win — I’ve got to work harder in February!). My score for January was 13-11 in the end, which is not too good a winning percentage yet. As added pressure, Kobayashi-sensei just recently returned from her trip to the US, and brought me a small gift to celebrate my promotion to B class — which I finally didn’t make. Now I possess the gift, but am not allowed to open it before I do get promoted. The usual Japanese reaction to this would be to exclaim “厳しい!” (= “kibishii” = severe/strict) The aforementioned gift looks like this, and will be situated right next to the go board I’m using for the time being:

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