I played in the tournament this weekend in San Francisco. I placed 4th in the 4k-8k division. I tied Karoline Burrall in points (we both had 3/5 wins), but she won the game that we played, so that was the tie-breaker. Prizes in this tournament went down to 4th place; I won $25, which was odd, since it cost me $35 to play. You’d think one would at least win enough to cover your entry fee. But no matter, it was $25 I didn’t have, and I enjoyed all my games except the third, which I lost because I played way too fast. The game against Karoline I lost because of a fighting error that was easily worth 70 points, I lost by 31. A simple extension instead of the clamp I played would have won me the game easily. Frustrated by the loss, I went on to destroy her younger sister, Julie, winning by 55.
In any case, I really enjoy tournament go, it’s great to play with a clock against new & different opponents who don’t play the way my usual opponents do. I’ve played in two tournaments now, and placed in both of them. I hope I can keep that up. ;]
I went to the Sunnyvale Go Club tonight to see the visiting professional, Nam Ch’i-hyeong (another link), from Korea. She is actually a – professor – of Baduk in Korea (Baduk is the korean name for Go). She played a game against Lance Kemper (shygost) even, and won by resignation around move 100, best estimates are that she was already ahead by about thirty points. She played against another dan ranked amateur at 5 stones and won by 14 points. She had to leave, and those of us left sat down and played a few games. I played against someone ostensibly of my own level, and after making 4 or 5 grievous errors, I still won by 10 points. Go figure. (pun mercilessly intended)
I made an assertion not too long ago that what I needed at this stage was not more study, or problems, or books, but just to play many many games to get more experience under my belt. The inconsistency of my play tonight was easy proof of that. Back to KGS.
I’m looking forward to a 4 day workshop starting a week from Wednesday with Yilun Yang (link, link). This is going to be a solid 4 days of go training. I’m very excited.