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!
Unfortunately, I missed out on getting a good photo of the prize giving ceremony — I'd forgotten to enable the flashlight before I passed the camera on, and all the pictures ended up blurry. If one of the readers happens to have a good photo of the ceremony they're willing to let me use, please contact me!
Finally, here's my game with Jeff. We had planned on this game almost a year in advance, and it was only suitable that we got to play it as a final, decisive game in the tournament. At the time of the game, Jeff had four wins and I three: if I won, the result of the tournament would be decided on a SOS (sum of opponents' scores) lottery. And quite the game it turned out, too!