Sunday, July 2, 2017

Day 5 (playing kids at the Kansai Ki-in)

Today we went to the Kansai Ki-in to play with some pre-insei kids.  We sneaked past some insei who were playing official matches (these count toward whether they become pros, so we were warned repeatedly to be absolutely quiet).

From there, we got to poke our heads into the fancy playing room for top matches and sit at the board where the most important matches are played.  One pro was playing a game in there online when we went in.

Next to that is the second best room:

They have a great view:

This is where other pros review the top matches while they're being played:

And here are some of our Osaka Go Camp members playing with the pre-insei kids:

My first game was against Ootani Kensuke, who was 9 years old and must have been 5 dan.

He gave me 2 stones.  I made a stupid reading error in byo-yomi at the end, and then resigned.  Here's part of the game.

(;GM[1]FF[4]CA[UTF-8]AP[CGoban:3]ST[2] RU[Japanese]SZ[19]HA[2]KM[0.50] PW[Ootani Kensuke]PB[Becci]AB[pd][dp]C[W+Res.] ;W[ee] ;B[pp] ;W[cn] ;B[fq] ;W[dj] ;B[pj] ;W[nc] ;B[lc] ;W[pf] ;B[nd] ;W[qc] ;B[oc] ;W[qd] ;B[qh] ;W[rf] ;B[nq] ;W[ec] ;B[hc] ;W[cq] ;B[cp] ;W[bp] ;B[bo] ;W[bq] ;B[co] ;W[er] ;B[fr] ;W[eq] ;B[ep] ;W[bn] ;B[ao] ;W[dq] ;B[go] ;W[qp] ;B[qq] ;W[qo] ;B[rq] ;W[ql] ;B[rk] ;W[qk] ;B[qj] ;W[rl] ;B[rj] ;W[on] ;B[ce] ;W[cc] ;B[ch] ;W[cj] ;B[bc] ;W[bd] ;B[cd] ;W[bb] ;B[dc] ;W[cb] ;B[be] ;W[ac] ;B[dd] ;W[db] ;B[eh] ;W[ed] ;B[fb] ;W[eb] ;B[bi] ;W[bj] ;B[pb] ;W[jc] ;B[jb] ;W[kb] ;B[kc] ;W[ib] ;B[jd] ;W[ic] ;B[id] ;W[lb] ;B[mc] ;W[hd] ;B[mb] ;W[hb] ;B[rb] ;W[nf] ;B[og] ;W[of] ;B[mh] ;W[lf] ;B[kh] ;W[qb] ;B[qa] ;W[rc] ;B[qg] ;W[pe] ;B[nb] ;W[qf] ;B[re] ;W[ra] ;B[sa] ;W[sc] ;B[rg] ;W[se] ;B[kp] ;W[op] ;B[oq] ;W[po] ;B[pq] ;W[bg] ;B[cg] ;W[fj] ;B[gh] ;W[en] ;B[gm] ;W[fl] ;B[mo] ;W[jp] ;B[jo] ;W[hq] ;B[gp] ;W[kq] ;B[lp] ;W[ip] ;B[io] ;W[lq] ;B[jr] ;W[ir] ;B[jq] ;W[kr] ;B[hp] ;W[mr] ;B[fj]C[Stopped recording in byo-yomi])

In my second game, they had trouble finding me an opponent for some reason, so they paired me with a 6 kyu. I gave him 8 stones. (!) I didn't record this one, but he did a great job. At the very end, he made an endgame mistake that would have cost him the game, but I had him take it back so he won. (And he deserved the win.)

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