39:th Kisei titel match, game 1

There have been so many interesting games at the beginning of the year that it has been hard to decide on a single one that stands out. However, in the end, I felt that the game below impressed me more than all the others. It is the first game of the final series of the 39:th Kisei Title Match. Iyama Yuta plays the Black side against Yamashita Keigo:

Lately I have been watching the televised NHK Go tournament on youtube (the latest game can be watched here) and although I don’t understand more than ten words in japanese, I find it very relaxing. The tempo of the games gives you time to think for yourself before the next move is played and the comments are quite understandable even for someone who doesn’t get the language. This is something that worries me with the new DVD culture in chess. If you only use DVD:s as a source of information, there is a risk that you will become passive and instead of learning how to think, will learn not to think.

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European Team Championship of Go

Sweden vs. Finland, that classical ice hockey match, was lately played on a quite different turf; the go board. I get the feeling that Sweden won the match, but I have not been able to corroborate it. The go media still seems obscure to me. However, yesterday evening I followed this exciting go game between two of the strongest Nordic players Antti Törmänen and Fredrik Blomback (part of the above mentioned match). So, there we are again. I’m trying to make sense of a go game played between two players much stronger than myself. Feel free to either laugh or enjoy:

So, Fredrik Blomback won. I have earlier recommended Antti Törmänen’s excellent homepage “Go of Ten” and now he has posted a very interesting thesis, “Building a Human Master”, dealing with “how expertice is developed” in chess and go. Ought to be interesting stuff.

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Meijin title match, first game.

The Meijin-sen match between Iyama Yuta and Yamashita Keigo is under it’s way. If you compare the English speaking go world with the English speaking chess world, I am astounded by how little news there is to be found on the great Go matches from China, Japan and South Korea. If these matches were between chess players, then you would be able to find comments on them in a number of places. The best news service I have found is gogameguru. Also, if you are interested in learning a bit more about go, I recommend you to type “Bat’s + lectures” on YouTube and you will find a lot of commented games by this entertaining Bat character. Also, I recommend a blog by Antti Törmänen. This guy is a very strong go player (6 Dan) and comments (mostly) on his own games.

The first game of the Meijin-sen was played last week and (as usual) I am not sure that I have understood anything. Still, I have made an effort to comment on the game. Beware though; I am not a strong go-player. My current raking on IGS is +1Kyu.

As the match proceeds you will be able to find the games here.

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Second game of the 68:th Honinbo Match

The 68:th Honinbo Match (sponsored by the news paper Mainichi Shimbun) between Takao Shinji and Iyama Yuta is already becoming quite mesmerizing. These guys are two of the most interesting players in the Go world and their second game involved a lot of exciting ko fights that made me want to do the “wave”, all by myself. I am still a 1kyu player on the Go servers, so my comments should not be taken too seriously although I hope that Go players up to 2 kyu can get something out of it. For the interested Chess player I recommend to open the “Sensei’s Library” page on Go terms in a separate window, in order to understand more of the vocabulary.

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