Some time has already passed, but I'm now returning to report from the Bergen Open tournament that was held two weeks ago. This was the first tournament that a Norwegian friend of mine, who I first met in China three years ago, organized — and if I may say, certainly not the last! This was more of a smaller club tournament. Me and Juri (Finnish 5 dan, both NGA teachers) got invited to play and teach at the tournament, while the other participants were ranked 2 dan and under. The total number of players came to 19 people. I won the decisive match against Juri, in a sense getting revenge for my previous loss to him at Takapotku, and claimed the first place of the tournament. This time I'll pass on game commentaries, and instead write from the future potential perspective:
I'm sure everybody knows that Bergen is a really famous Norwegian tourist city. I even proposed to the Norwegians to hold a European Go Congress in Bergen sometime, eg. year 2020!
Since the playing venue and its vicinity were so great, even though a bit out from Bergen's city centre (around 10 km), if the accommodation problem could be tackled, I could see a big tournament taking place here. Bergen Open 2013 is coming, hopefully many readers will be able to attend! I for one am surely going back.
By now, it seems certain that me and Juri will attend the tournament again next year, and will attempt to bring at least some 10-20 Finnish players along!