Reaching professional status, and reinstating Go of Ten

Time sure flies! It has been well over a year since I last posted on Go of Ten. My apologies to the people who have asked for updates: I decided I wanted to direct my energy fully to improving on my game, and as a result blogging got left forgotten in the background.

As the Nihon Ki-in officially announced me as a professional go player from 2016 on, I believe we could say that the decision paid out! Starting from now on, I imagine I will have the time and will to write a blog post once in a while again.

My first official professional game is likely to get scheduled for late April or May. Before that, I will go back to Finland for two weeks to spend the Christmas with my family, and between January and April I will be attending professional study meetings, doing teaching activities and possibly writing a theory book in English on endgame calculations.

I would like to extend a big thank-you to all the people who supported me to get this far, and I hope you will keep following my adventures in the future as well!

36 thoughts on “Reaching professional status, and reinstating Go of Ten”

    1. I imagine it’ll be something in that direction, though the main bulk of the content will be showing how to calculate the estimated score for both players in an unfinished shape.

  1. Congratulations as well! Hopefully we’ll get to see some of your pro exam game analysis or some great insei games here in the near future. :)

    1. Thank you!

      Unfortunately the insei and professional exam games are something of private Nihon Ki-in property, so you will have to wait until I start my professional games. :)

  2. Congratulations and best of luck to your pro career!

    It would also be really interesting to hear a bit about your past year, perhaps some highlights / recap of sorts, in a future blog post?

  3. Congratulations on your incredible feat. We were following your qualification tournament at lifein19x19 like others would follow sport events – except of course we could only guess what your feelings were. I would be very interested in a more detailed week-by-week account of the tournament, if you feel like it.

  4. Congrats on making pro. I’m happy you are back as well. Looking forward to future updates. I subscribe via rss so I get them as soon as you post them, but otherwise I don’t have to worry about how frequently you back up.

    I cleaned my rss feed recently. Glad I left this one in!

    1. Thank you!

      I’ll have to see what to do about my lessons. I’d like to keep holding them on OGS, but being the lazy person that I am, I’d like to find a way where I can concentrate on teaching without the additional accounting work. 😀

    1. Thank you!

      Unfortunately the professional exam games are not free for internet publication, so I will not be posting my own games before I start playing professionally.

  5. I wonder Ten (1p), when do you think the New-Shoudan match may occur? Judging from HnG, is it correctly implied that it perhaps occurs around January-February?

  6. Congratulations! I’m happy you manage to reach the Go pro world. :) And I hope you’ll keep giving an eye to our ama-world as well, from time to time. 😉
    Happy pro year! 😀

  7. Congratz and a question: From C-class to beating A- class inseis- it sound like at least 2 stones improvement. Do you feel your play has improved that much?

      1. Anyway it´s a fascinating story, it reminds strongly of the novel First kyu by Hong Sung Hwa, where the main character reaches the pro level only after he cuts off from the whole world.

        Wish you good luck on the pro- scene.

        Tomas Lechovsky, Czechia

  8. Congratulations! I Have followed this blog for years (during my own ups, downs and breaks from go). I so happy to see you make professional status. Well done!

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