Now after my return from Japan, I've noticed that without a strict weekly rhythm, it's very difficult to get things (such as writing on the blog) done. Starting now, I'll experiment if I can build myself a weekly rhythm, even though I've neither university studies nor regular work to do during the summer. It's somewhat twisted, but I'm actually looking forward to autumn so that I can continue with my studies! The current plan is that I try to get my bachelor's degree done within a year, so that I could try to miraculously gather funds and return to Japan in next year's autumn.
Last weekend, I played in the first tournament after my return from Japan. The tournament was Takapotku open, conveniently (for me) timed for June instead of the usual February. Winning the tournament wasn't a goal; from the start, I participated solely to get a real game with Jeff (Su Yang 6 dan). It then resulted that I succeeded in beating Jeff, but "accidentally" lost to Juri. In the end, we took the top three places, exactly like last year.
In the following are some photos from the tournament, as well as a detailed commentary of my game with Jeff. Click on the photo to see it in slightly more detail. A few of the photos are slightly blurry; my hands are at fault for that. Also, the borders still seem to be cutting off some of the photo captions: I'll really try to work around that soon!
As some of you may have noticed from the upcoming tournaments notice on the right-hand side bar of this page, the biggest Finnish go tournament takes place this weekend in Helsinki. I have been fairly busy with school work for the past few weeks, and it's a shame that I haven't found the time to write the "preparing for Takapotku" blog post series - I'm sure many people would be interested in how I prepare for a tournament when there's seriously limited time. Actually, that's why I'm writing this post here and now!
The Takapotku tournament is part of the Pandanet Go European Cup, and consequently there will be game relays on the Internet Go Server (IGS).