Incoming tournaments

This year is going to be a busy tournament year for me, both in terms of Finnish tournaments and tournaments abroad:

This week, tomorrow in fact, I’ll be going to Bergen, Norway, in order to participate in the Bergen Open go tournament. Bergen Open is going to be a relatively small event, but I’m looking forward to seeing some old friends from China there — and the small holiday trip is quite welcome, too! You may expect some photos from there, next week.

In July, there is of course the European Go Congress in Bonn, Germany. There’s going to be another reunion there: just in terms of Japanese professionals, there’ll be six English class participants present there! And that’s only for starters, as there’ll still be many many more friends and acquaintances present (I find this to be one of the best characteristics in go congresses). Lately I’ve been training both my German and Japanese in order to be able to function as an interpreter. Also in July, I’ll be participating in one tournament in my home town of Oulu (where I’ll likely get to play another game with Jeff), and possibly in another tournament in Turku, also in Finland.

Since I missed out on the Finnish championship tournament last year, I’m going to have to restart there all the way from the qualifiers this year. The second qualification tournament will be in early October, probably one or two weeks after the Hans Pietsch memorial in Germany, which I will also be attending. Finally, I also already registered to Gothenburg Open 2012, 26.-28. October. Seeing how this probably still isn’t all in terms of tournaments for me, I’m probably looking at well over a dozen tournaments for this year!

Takapotku 2012, first return tournament

Now after my return from Japan, I’ve noticed that without a strict weekly rhythm, it’s very difficult to get things (such as writing on the blog) done. Starting now, I’ll experiment if I can build myself a weekly rhythm, even though I’ve neither university studies nor regular work to do during the summer. It’s somewhat twisted, but I’m actually looking forward to autumn so that I can continue with my studies! The current plan is that I try to get my bachelor’s degree done within a year, so that I could try to miraculously gather funds and return to Japan in next year’s autumn.

Last weekend, I played in the first tournament after my return from Japan. The tournament was Takapotku open, conveniently (for me) timed for June instead of the usual February. Winning the tournament wasn’t a goal; from the start, I participated solely to get a real game with Jeff (Su Yang 6 dan). It then resulted that I succeeded in beating Jeff, but “accidentally” lost to Juri. In the end, we took the top three places, exactly like last year.

In the following are some photos from the tournament, as well as a detailed commentary of my game with Jeff. Click on the photo to see it in slightly more detail. A few of the photos are slightly blurry; my hands are at fault for that. Also, the borders still seem to be cutting off some of the photo captions: I’ll really try to work around that soon!

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Changes underway: new camera

Long time no write! I’m planning on getting back to this blog business as quick as possible. Up to now, I’ve been taking photos for Gooften with the camera on my phone, which is why the picture quality up to now hasn’t been too spectacular. I have now procured for myself a compact camera for amateur use, with 14 megapixels. Of course I still have to avoid uploading photos too big, but even then, the difference in quality is quite astounding:

Phone camera photo, highest quality but reduced size
Compact camera, highest quality but reduced size

With this hardware update, I hope the readers are looking forward to my photos from future tournaments (eg. congress in Bonn). I, for one, sure am!

Apart from such an update, I’m also considering if I should finally make some changes to the layout to the page, possibly also getting a self-taken banner photo or something. Nothing is certain yet on this part, but I’ll keep on thinking about it.

Also, in my mind I’m currently developing an idea of a new essay, about either joseki or suji (I couldn’t decide yet). Now that I read back to my own texts, I see I wasn’t really able to collect my thoughts (and present them in clear form) in the previous kikashi essay, so sooner or later I may also return to have a second try at that.