Hans Pietsch Memorial, rest of the game reviews

After a longish pause, here come the rest of the reviews of my Hans Pietsch Memorial tournament games! Seeing as how Csaba Mero, main organizer of the tournament, put up a great report of the tournament, including some photos and also game reviews from the last three rounds, I will direct you there instead of writing my own versions.

In addition to the review of the first game that I posted earlier, then, here come the reviews ofmy round 2 and 3 games, against Ondrej Silt and Cornel Burzo respectively. Some of the opening game commentary is courtesy of my teacher, Kobayashi Chizu 5 dan professional.

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Hans Pietsch Memorial, round 1 review

Last weekend I was playing the Hans Pietsch memorial tournament in Budapest, Hungary. I originally intended the trip to provide for several good games and a chance to talk with my teacher, Kobayashi Chizu 5 dan, about the possibility of becoming insei again (more about that in another post, sometime much later). It however happened that I ended up winning the whole tournament, with a 6-0 score! Originally I had expected to place somewhere near third.

For those who don’t know Hans Pietsch, I recommend reading an article on him at Sensei’s library. In a nutshell, Hans was a German player, student of Kobayashi Chizu, who became professional in the 1990s. He died tragically in an armed robbery in Guatemala in 2003, after which it’s become a tradition to hold an annual memorial tournament for him in Europe. He was a rather strong professional, too, having for example beaten Yoda Norimoto, Meijin in the LG cup.

In this post, I’m including a quick commentary of my first-round game against Ali Jabarin 6 dan of Israel, with more reviews to come later. Enjoy!

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Pandanet European Team Go Champs, round 1

Yesterday on Tuesday was the first round of the Pandanet European Team Go Championship tournament in the A league. Finland’s team, consisting this time of me, Juri Kuronen 6 dan, Juuso Nyyssönen 5 dan and Javier-Aleksi Savolainen 5 dan—our strongest possible line-up—faced Russia. Though we had several good opportunities to tie the match or possibly even take the win, in the end Finland lost 1-3 after a rather breathtaking fight.

In this post, I’ll provide you commentaries on the board 1 and 2 games, Antti Törmänen vs. Ilya Shikshin and Juri Kuronen vs. Alexandre Dinerchtein, respectively. Juri was the only one of the Finnish team to win their game. The comments are provided by the Nordic Go Academy!

Board 1: Shikshin (b) vs. Törmänen

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