The approaching Finnish Championship, 10-12 December

This weekend, starting on Friday, is the Finnish Championship tournament. There are six players who all play each other, and the two best play a best-of-three final at a later date. While I’m also playing in the Championship tournament, next week is an exam week at my university, so I’ll be fairly busy for the next nine days – likely I’ll have no time to write a blog post during this time, unless I get especially motivated.

On Friday I’m against Mikko Siukola 4 dan, who I also played at the Rabbity six tournament two weeks ago. On Saturday I’m up against Namii 5 dan and ErgoProxy 5 dan from KGS, and on Sunday my opponents are Finland’s old foxes Lauri 4 dan and Vesa 5 dan. No game in this tournament will be easy, but as usual, I won’t be playing simply to win, but to learn more instead!

All games are likely shown on KGS, but I have information yet on which accounts shall be used. They’ll be at the top of the active game list, anyway, so getting online on time is enough. Friday’s game is 19:00 GMT +2, while Saturday’s and Sunday’s games are 10:30 and 15:00 GMT +2. Please come watch and cheer on me! :)

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.