Preparing for Rabbity six, part one

One of my main ways of studying go, probably not unlike most mid-to-high dan players’, is to review games by professional players. As long as you understand what the players are going about, this way of studying is pretty much as useful as reading a go book. The understanding part however is not quite so simple, and can often require a lot of thought work. I shall use this blog to present my thoughts about professional games that interest me, and also to sort out my thoughts to myself.

The game I’m reviewing this time was played in 1995 by Kato Masao (white) and Fujisawa Shuko, the latter being my favourite professional player. He has a nice, solid style, and is able to play in an incredibly relaxed way. As you shall read later, however, he is actually not the one to have the greatest influence on my playing style. Feel free to guess in the comment section who the most influential one is!

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Rabbity six, 27-28 November

Late in November this year, the Rabbity six tournament is coming around again. This time the tournament will do for me as a preparation for the Korean Ambassador’s Cup and the Finnish Championship, as well as the London Open Go Congress later this year. It’s going to become rather busy, but luckily I enjoy tournaments a great deal.

Rabbity six’s format is a regular five-round McMahon tournament. The big hall of Restaurant Zip at Tampere University of Technology has become almost iconic for the tournament, and works very well for its needs. Even better, the tournament’s organization is among the best in the whole of Finland, everything running incredibly smoothly. As usual, on Saturday evening there is a traditional Finnish sauna and game evening, which is likely to be the high point of the tournament for a significant number of participants (yes, including me).

If you could determine game results beforehand simply by ranks, the deciding game of Rabbity six would happen between me and Su Yang 6 dan, in a similar fashion as in the Oulu Mind Sports tournament last October. Practically speaking, I will need to be in top shape for every game, especially with Janne Määttä 4 dan, who’s beaten me numerous times. Like with my general go philosophy, however, I will not be attending Rabbity Six for the purpose of winning it; I will attend because it’s extremely fun, and because it’s one more opportunity for me to learn something new about this interesting game.