Today I'm giving you a taste of the newest fuseki research that Japanese professionals have done! This fuseki pattern has been carefully developed and tested out by several professionals in secret, to be used to utmost efficiency in tournament games against China and Korea.
As I also tweeted earlier, I missed getting promoted to B class by a hair (that means, by the amount of one single win — I've got to work harder in February!). My score for January was 13-11 in the end, which is not too good a winning percentage yet. As added pressure, Kobayashi-sensei just recently returned from her trip to the US, and brought me a small gift to celebrate my promotion to B class — which I finally didn't make. Now I possess the gift, but am not allowed to open it before I do get promoted. The usual Japanese reaction to this would be to exclaim "厳しい！" (= "kibishii" = severe/strict) The aforementioned gift looks like this, and will be situated right next to the go board I'm using for the time being:
To confuse all the readers who got in the habit of reading new blog posts here on Gooften about once a week — or even a bit less often than that during Christmas — here's a surprise update! Finnish readers may be interested in knowing that there is also a new update at Insei Japanissa, posted yesterday.
Today was this month's second week, and this time I got a clean result, getting wins against the insei number #5-7. Of these, only the last game was relatively difficult; the first two against 齋藤 and 新井 were relatively easy, me killing some larger groups from the opponent in both games. Here's most of the current results in jpg format:
Today, Yoda Norimoto sensei was also present and doing some game commentaries. My games were taking too long for me to get him review any of my games, unfortunately.
This time I won't be posting a game record, but instead some more insight into specific joseki along with explanations. No, we're still not getting out from the 3-4 point with a one-space high approach and a one-space low pincer!
As promised, here comes a summary of the review I received from Yoda-sensei last Saturday!
After finishing this blog post, my schedule of the day includes a trip to Akihabara, and taking the train from there to Ichikawa, a city in Chiba — about 20km off from Tokyo — where Mimura-sensei's go school is located. It's another busy day here, in other words!
I'm writing this post partly as a test to see how big of a burden it is to write an update in the middle of an insei weekend, and partly because I feel inspired after what I learned today, and want to share the source of the inspiration to the world. Most of the game discussion in this blog post is rather higher-level, but most readers starting from strong kyu level players should find it useful. For those raring to know about my performance today, I scored four wins in four games, winning all by resignation.