Bergen Open, 30 June — 1 July

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:

Bergen has some spectacular sights to see. An example here is the Rozenkranztårnet in the downtown.
This is what you could call a standard view from Bergen's city centre. I'm somewhat jealous that Bergen has the same number of inhabitants as Helsinki (around 500 000), yet Bergen has a lot of architecture like this, while Helsinki's is universally much more boring.

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Incoming tournaments

This year is going to be a busy tournament year for me, both in terms of Finnish tournaments and tournaments abroad:

This week, tomorrow in fact, I’ll be going to Bergen, Norway, in order to participate in the Bergen Open go tournament. Bergen Open is going to be a relatively small event, but I’m looking forward to seeing some old friends from China there — and the small holiday trip is quite welcome, too! You may expect some photos from there, next week.

In July, there is of course the European Go Congress in Bonn, Germany. There’s going to be another reunion there: just in terms of Japanese professionals, there’ll be six English class participants present there! And that’s only for starters, as there’ll still be many many more friends and acquaintances present (I find this to be one of the best characteristics in go congresses). Lately I’ve been training both my German and Japanese in order to be able to function as an interpreter. Also in July, I’ll be participating in one tournament in my home town of Oulu (where I’ll likely get to play another game with Jeff), and possibly in another tournament in Turku, also in Finland.

Since I missed out on the Finnish championship tournament last year, I’m going to have to restart there all the way from the qualifiers this year. The second qualification tournament will be in early October, probably one or two weeks after the Hans Pietsch memorial in Germany, which I will also be attending. Finally, I also already registered to Gothenburg Open 2012, 26.-28. October. Seeing how this probably still isn’t all in terms of tournaments for me, I’m probably looking at well over a dozen tournaments for this year!