Gothenburg Open 2013

Similar to last year, I visited Gothenburg this autumn, too, in order to participate in (and teach at) their annual tournament. Gothenburg Open ranks very high in my list of enjoyable tournaments thanks to its friendly atmosphere and enthusiastic organizers. This year I was accompanied by Jeff, the both of us having gotten an invitation to hold a few lectures during the tournament (last year I was teaching with Benjamin Teuber 6 dan). Jeff didn’t play in the tournament, however, and as Fredrik Blomback 6 dan didn’t turn in either (rumours had said otherwise), my main contestant for the win was the Chinese Yaqi Fu, also 6 dan. We met in the tournament on the third round and played a relatively peaceful game, which I won in the end. The review of the game, with thoughts from both me and Jeff, is included below.

Slottsberggymnasiet, the tournament venue
Slottsberggymnasiet, the tournament venue

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Bachelor’s thesis, Chapter 5; Gothenburg Open in the weekend

Chapter 5 of my Bachelor’s thesis, “Expertise in chess and Go”, is now out at the thesis essay page!

I unfortunately will not have time to upload Chapter 6, “Conclusion”, or Attachment A, “Basics of Go” with a similarly quick pace, as I’m traveling to Gothenburg tomorrow in order to play (and teach) at their annual tournament. You can expect a tournament overview similar to last year, afterwards, however!

Gothenburg Open, 27—28 October

Long time no write! Last weekend, on Friday to be exact, I flew to Gothenburg to participate in the annual Gothenburg Open go tournament. I’d received a deal from the tournament organizers, basically getting my accommodation and flight expenses covered, in exchange for teaching players during the tournament. Benjamin Teuber 6 dan of Germany had gotten a similar offer. This year’s edition of the tournament ended up being the biggest one held up to date, with 68 participants.

I arrived in Sweden at Friday noon. One of the main tournament organizers, Robin, courteously picked me up from the Landvetter airport and drove me to the tournament venue along with Benjamin. The Swedes had rented a flat (probably) owned by a local chess club, and so the venue was very well suited for a go tournament as well.

Since it was my first time in the city, and I couldn’t be of much help with the tournament organization which was at the time under way, I ended up strolling around the city a bit. There were some nice sights around, but I ended up wondering why they have so many stairs in the city. It wasn’t only once, or even just a few times, that I had to walk up a long flight of stairs, only to find myself walking down another one the next instant.

Gothenburg, the city of stairs

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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!