This week I participated in the 11th World Student Go Oza Championship, held annually in Tokyo, Japan. I’d won the right to represent Europe in an internet qualifier tournament last December, effectively using up a day playing go when I should have been finishing my bachelor’s degree presentation.
The whole business about the tournament became a sum of good tradeoffs: by participating in the qualifier, I (again) got a free trip to Japan, and while I caught a flu last Thursday and still wasn’t completely healthy by the time I was supposed to fly to Tokyo last Sunday, it paid off by me finally ending up on the third place! According to the organizers, that’s the best result for a European representative so far.
With this, my trophy shelf again increases in size.
The results of the tournament can be found on Nikkei’s web page, together with all of the game records. I imagine the readers will be interested in at least my games with the Korean and Taiwanese representatives. About these, I’m planning to include commented sgf files on this blog later.