Saturday, July 8, 2017

Go Camp, Continued

Yesterday we had a regular league game.  I played Nick Prince, from Canada.

I lost on time, which is totally unacceptable.  Part of the problem was that my clock was in Japanese, which I didn't pay attention to until I was in byo-yomi.  I thought it would be ok, but apparently I completely tune out the Japanese counting.  When I lost, I had absolutely no idea that I had used *any* of my byo-yomi periods, much less that I was on my last period.  But the bigger problem was that I had used *way* too much time earlier in the game.  I've been feeling distracted and unfocused lately.  It's hard to know what to do about that.

Here's the game, with some comments by Daiki Komatsu, who was the pro who gave the afternoon lecture.

(;GM[1]FF[4]CA[UTF-8]AP[CGoban:3]ST[2] RU[Japanese]SZ[19]KM[0.50] PW[Nick Prince]PB[Becci]LB[qk:3][cm:4][cn:2][pn:5][gp:1]C[Reviewed by Komatsu Daiki, 9p White+time] ;B[pd] ;W[dd] ;B[qp] ;W[op] ;B[mq] ;W[qq] ;B[pq] ;W[pp] ;B[oq] ;W[nq] ;B[np] ;W[nr] ;B[qr] ;W[rq] ;B[or] ;W[rr]C[This is a small joseki mistake, which results in White losing sente.] ;B[mr] ;W[no] ;B[mp] ;W[qo] ;B[cp] ;W[qf] ;B[nc] ;W[fq] ;B[dq] ;W[iq] ;B[cf] ;W[ch] ;B[fd] ;W[df] ;B[dc] ;W[ce] ;B[cc] ;W[pj] ;B[jc] ;W[of] (;B[gp]C[This is not a good exchange for Black, even if White plays normally.] (;W[eo]C[This is a strange response.] (;B[cn] ;W[gq] ;B[pl]C[This is a good invasion.] (;W[on] ;B[nl] ;W[nj] ;B[ll] ;W[qc] ;B[qd] ;W[rd] ;B[pc] ;W[rb] ;B[qb] ;W[rc] (;B[qk] ;W[qj] ;B[cg] ;W[dg] ;B[be] ;W[di] ;B[eh] ;W[dh] ;B[ck] ;W[ek]C[This attack is good direction for Black.] ;B[mf] ;W[cl] (;B[cm] ;W[ln] (;B[pn]C[This is unnecessary and actually helps White. White can't cut at P8 now anyway.] ;W[om] ;B[ol] ;W[lj] ;B[jl] ;W[qm] ;B[pm] ;W[qn] ;B[po] ;W[oo] ;B[mn] ;W[mo] ;B[lo] ;W[ko] ;B[lp] ;W[kn] ;B[nm] ;W[rp] ;B[in] ;W[io] ;B[hn] ;W[qs]C[This is actually not sente!] ;B[kq] ;W[pr]C[White should not take here, since White might want to descend at O2 later and, anyway, Black is not going to play here now.] ;B[ns] ;W[dr] ;B[cr] ;W[eq] (;B[hp] ;W[ip] ;B[fn] ;W[jr] ;B[kr]C[Again, this is unnecessary, now that Black took the stones at O2.] ;W[es] (;B[cs]C[Black also does not need to respond here.] ;W[en] ;B[em] ;W[dp] ;B[cq] ;W[fm] ;B[jn] ;W[dm] ;B[bl] ;W[el] ;B[jo] ;W[gf] (;B[he] ;W[je] (;B[ld] ;W[id] (;B[rk]C[This is big but...] ;W[ic] ;B[jb] ;W[ec] ;B[fc] ;W[eb] ;B[ed] ;W[fb] ;B[gb] ;W[hb] ;B[gc] ;W[ga] ;B[fa] ;W[ha] ;B[db] ;W[ea] ;B[da] ;W[fa] ;B[hc] ;W[ib]LB[ib:B][hc:A]C[This is a bad exchange since it hurts Black's top group.] ;B[hf] ;W[jg] ;B[hh] ;W[ii] ;B[hi] ;W[ij]) (;B[ic]C[Black is probably better off just defending the top.])) (;B[jd]C[This is better.])) (;B[hd]C[Black should just play the normal shape -- no problems.])) (;B[dl]C[This is huge. It makes Black's corner safe and splits White's groups. ])) (;B[jp]C[Black should play this way.] ;W[jo] ;B[ip] ;W[ho] ;B[hp] ;W[go] ;B[fp] ;W[fo] ;B[ep]C[I was worried aobut my stones in the center, but the bottom is huge, and Black is "probably" ok in the middle.])) (;B[] ;W[ol] ;B[ok] ;W[om] ;B[pk] ;W[nk] ;B[oj] ;W[oi] ;B[ni]) (;B[kk]C[Black should just come out (somehow).])) (;B[bl]C[Black should just play this one.])) (;B[qj]C[If Black plays in this area, Black should play this one.])) (;W[nk] ;B[nm] ;W[om] ;B[ol] ;W[nl] ;B[on] ;W[pm] ;B[po]C[Tesuji!])) (;B[fp]C[Black should just cut right away.] ;W[ep] ;B[eq] ;W[gq] ;B[hp] ;W[hq] ;B[gn] ;W[em] ;B[jo]C[Can White live on the bottom?])) (;W[gq] ;B[ip] ;W[hp] ;B[ho] ;W[hq]C[This just helps to strengthen White.])) (;B[pl]C[If Black wants to invade, Black should just do so directly.]) (;B[cm]C[Black can also play quietly on the side, ]) (;B[rd]C[Or just take the corner.]))

Komatsu-sensei talked about one of the AlphaGo games. (He said it's not technically a review, since AlphaGo is too strong and we don't really understand.)

I won some Go-themed mochi by guessing AlphaGo's move at one point in the game.

I got to play a simul game against Komatsu-sensei in the afternoon.

(;GM[1]FF[4]CA[UTF-8]AP[CGoban:3]ST[2] RU[Japanese]SZ[19]HA[3]KM[0.50] PW[Komatsu9p]PB[Becci]AB[pd][dp][pp]LB[jl:3][jn:4][np:2][hr:1]C[White+res. ] ;W[ce] ;B[pj] ;W[cn] ;B[fq] ;W[nc] ;B[lc] ;W[ne] ;B[pf] ;W[kd] ;B[kc] ;W[jd] ;B[ld] ;W[le] ;B[jc] ;W[id] ;B[hc] ;W[ge] ;B[gc] ;W[dk] ;B[me] ;W[mf] ;B[md] ;W[lf] ;B[nd] ;W[gp] ;B[fp] ;W[gn] (;B[hr] ;W[cp] ;B[cq] ;W[dq] ;B[bq] ;W[do] ;B[ep] ;W[bp]C[This is sente....] ;B[np] ;W[dr] ;B[cr] ;W[bs] ;B[er] ;W[cs]C[Oops...] ;B[jq] ;W[kk] (;B[jl] ;W[kl] (;B[jn] ;W[il] ;B[jk] ;W[jm] ;B[im] ;W[km] ;B[hm] ;W[jj] ;B[gm] ;W[hk] ;B[em] ;W[fk] (;B[fe] ;W[fd] ;B[cc] ;W[ee] ;B[be] ;W[bf] ;B[bd] ;W[qp] ;B[qq] ;W[qo] ;B[rq] ;W[po] ;B[op] ;W[ql] ;B[qk] ;W[pl] ;B[qi] ;W[cg] ;B[cm] ;W[cl] ;B[dm] ;W[bm] ;B[fc] ;W[lo] ;B[kp] ;W[qc] ;B[qd] ;W[pc] ;B[ob] ;W[oc] ;B[nb] ;W[mb] ;B[mc] ;W[pb] (;B[lb]C[This is the wrong move to kill.] ;W[rb] ;B[rd] ;W[oa] ;B[ma] ;W[qa] ;B[mi] ;W[ec] ;B[eb] ;W[dc] ;B[db] ;W[cd] ;B[bb] ;W[fm] ;B[fn] ;W[fl] ;B[en] ;W[jo] ;B[io] ;W[kn] ;B[in] ;W[lp] ;B[lq] ;W[jp] ;B[ip] ;W[ko] ;B[kq] ;W[lh] ;B[li] ;W[ki] ;B[mh] ;W[ng] ;B[lg] ;W[kh] ;B[mg] ;W[kg] ;B[mk] ;W[pg] ;B[qg] ;W[ph] ;B[of] ;W[nf] ;B[qh] ;W[rk] ;B[rj] ;W[pk] ;B[qj] ;W[oj] ;B[oi] ;W[nk] ;B[nj] ;W[ok] ;B[ml] ;W[nh] ;B[ni] ;W[pi]C[I resigned, but Black can actually connect (or make a ko to capture). But if Black connects, White is still ahead by now anyway.]) (;B[rb] ;W[rc] ;B[lb] ;W[rd] ;B[re] ;W[sb] ;B[ra] ;W[oa] ;B[ma] ;W[sd]C[But I think White can still live like this, right? Just bigger?])) (;B[ee]C[This is still the better one. Good timing to play now.])) (;B[jm]C[Black should just extend.] ;W[jk] ;B[hl] ;W[hj] ;B[fl] ;W[fj] ;B[ee]C[Good timing.])) (;B[ee]C[Black should break through here.])) (;B[go]C[Black should wedge when White jumps. The keima under is for when White nobi's.] ;W[ho] ;B[fo] ;W[im]))

Yesterday, Ohara-san wore his Boston Congress shirt!

Last week, he realized that he had played Joel Sanet at the Congress last year.  Joel is here this year (and is also a regular AYD member).

Today we had a friendship match with some local Japanese players.  My first game was with Yasunori Fukami.

I went to lunch with him, his father (a 6d who reviewed our game for us), his sister, and a couple of other friends.  We went to the chain Italian place around the corner.  I had pizza.  :)

Yasu is 3d, so I took black with no komi.  After my game with Nick, I carefully made sure my side of the clock was in English.  But White gets to choose which side the clock is on.  He picked it up and moved it to the other side of the board, and I didn't think to swap the languages.  So my byo-yomi was in Japanese again!  I managed ok this time though.

It was a bloody game, in which we both lost huge groups.  In the end, I won by 8 points.

(;GM[1]FF[4]CA[UTF-8]AP[CGoban:3]ST[2] RU[Japanese]SZ[19]KM[0.50] PW[Yasunori Fukami 3d]PB[Becci]LB[jd:1][qf:2][jp:3]C[Black+7.5] ;B[pd] ;W[dp] ;B[qp] ;W[cd] ;B[nq] ;W[ec] ;B[pj] ;W[dk] ;B[fq] ;W[fo] (;B[jd]C[Taking sente is also ok.] ;W[qc] ;B[qd] ;W[pc] ;B[nc] ;W[oc] ;B[nd] ;W[rd] ;B[re] ;W[rc] (;B[qf]C[This is wrong.] ;W[gq] (;B[jp] (;W[hp] ;B[ce] ;W[be] ;B[bd] ;W[bc] ;B[dd] ;W[cc] ;B[bf] ;W[ad] ;B[eg] ;W[pl] ;B[qn] ;W[ph] (;B[og]C[Black does not need to defend on this side.] ;W[oh] ;B[ok] ;W[ng] ;B[of] ;W[pn] ;B[po] ;W[on] ;B[qm] ;W[ql] ;B[qi] (;W[qh] ;B[ol] ;W[pm] ;B[ll] ;W[mn] ;B[kn] ;W[lp] (;B[jn] ;W[op] ;B[oq] ;W[pp] ;B[pq] ;W[oo] ;B[qo] ;W[jq] ;B[iq] ;W[kq] ;B[ip] ;W[gr] ;B[ir] ;W[mq] ;B[np] ;W[mo] ;B[lr] ;W[mr] (;B[nr] ;W[ls] ;B[ks] ;W[lm] ;B[kl] ;W[ml] ;B[mk] ;W[nl] ;B[nk] ;W[om] ;B[jk] ;W[rj] ;B[ri] ;W[qj] ;B[pi] ;W[rm] ;B[rn] ;W[sm] ;B[rk] ;W[qk] ;B[no] ;W[nn] ;B[mm] ;W[ln] ;B[nm] ;W[ns] ;B[qr] ;W[js] ;B[is] ;W[kr] ;B[cp] ;W[cq] ;B[co] ;W[bq] ;B[do] ;W[ep] ;B[dm] ;W[cl] ;B[fn] ;W[gm] ;B[gn] ;W[hn] ;B[go] ;W[ho] ;B[gp] ;W[fp]LB[fp:B][gp:A]C[This is a bad exchange for Black.] ;B[eo] (;W[eq] ;B[fm] ;W[il] ;B[jl] ;W[fl] ;B[el] ;W[ek] ;B[gl] ;W[fk] ;B[hm] ;W[jf] ;B[hf] ;W[ie] ;B[gd] ;W[id] ;B[jc] ;W[ic] ;B[fc] ;W[ed] ;B[fd] ;W[ee] ;B[ff] ;W[gk]TR[jd][of]SQ[dk][gk]C[I went into byo-yomi and stopped recording. But all of the marked Black stones died (after a very stupid reading error on my part) and all the marked White stones died (after I got strong dying on the other side). And in the end, the score was only 8 points apart. ]) (;W[fm]C[White should atari first.])) (;B[kr]C[Black should just come back. The corner is safe, and White can't push in enough to make an eye.])) (;B[lq]C[This is a better response for Black.])) (;W[mn]C[White should just run away.])) (;B[nj]C[Black can simply come out.])) (;W[fp]C[This is the correct local response for White. Helps to reduce aji in the corner.])) (;B[er]C[This is the correct local response.] ;W[gp] ;B[cq]C[Live in the corner.])) (;B[od]C[Black should connect to fix the shape and be super strong.])) (;B[hp]C[Black could play this way to build the Black moyo.] (;W[hn] ;B[jo]) (;W[eq] ;B[fp] ;W[ep] ;B[go] ;W[fn] ;B[hm])) (;B[cq]C[This is normal.] (;W[dq] ;B[cp] ;W[do] ;B[dr] ;W[er] ;B[cr] ;W[eq] ;B[cn]C[Good for Black because of O3 facing the White wall.]) (;W[cp] ;B[dq] ;W[ep] (;B[eq]C[The D9 stone is too close to White's wall. ]) (;B[bq]))))

My afternoon game was with Toru Yuasa, 5d.

When Fukami-san (father of Yasu) asked me about the game later and I told him who I had played, he said, "Oh, gentleman."  And he was indeed a gentleman, as you can see from his playing style.

(;GM[1]FF[4]CA[UTF-8]AP[CGoban:3]ST[2] RU[Japanese]SZ[19]HA[2]KM[0.50] PW[ToruYuasa 5d]PB[Becci]AB[pd][dp]LB[pb:3][hc:1][ml:2]C[Toru Yuasa 5d Black+15 ] ;W[dd] ;B[pp] ;W[cn] ;B[fq] ;W[bp] ;B[cq] ;W[ck] ;B[fc] ;W[fd] ;B[gd] ;W[fe] ;B[ec] ;W[dc] ;B[jc] ;W[qn] ;B[pj] ;W[qq] ;B[qp] ;W[pq] ;B[op] ;W[rp] ;B[ro] ;W[rq] ;B[qo] ;W[nq] ;B[pn] ;W[nc] ;B[oc] ;W[nd] ;B[qf] ;W[kc] ;B[jd] ;W[kd] ;B[ke] ;W[jb] ;B[ib] ;W[kb] (;B[hc] ;W[le] ;B[kf] ;W[dg] ;B[lq] ;W[np] ;B[no] ;W[mo] (;B[nn] ;W[lp] ;B[kp] ;W[ko] ;B[oq]C[This is bad for Black, obviously. I have been trying to learn all the different variations on this and have been confused about them... I think the one I'm thinking of is when Black plays O5 instead of O6.] ;W[or] ;B[jp] ;W[jo] ;B[ip] ;W[lf] ;B[mn] ;W[mr] ;B[kg] ;W[mh] ;B[nf] ;W[lg] ;B[kh] ;W[og] ;B[ph] ;W[of] ;B[ob] ;W[ek] ;B[ei] ;W[ci] ;B[bq] ;W[ge] ;B[db] ;W[cb] ;B[eb] ;W[ie] ;B[je] ;W[nb] ;B[oh] ;W[nh] (;B[pf] ;W[oe] (;B[nj] ;W[mj] ;B[mk] ;W[lk] (;B[ml] ;W[ni] ;B[oi] ;W[ih] (;B[hg] ;W[ig] ;B[hf] (;W[hd]C[Oops. My opponent and I both missed this...] ;B[if] ;W[gc] ;B[gb] ;W[kj] ;B[hn] ;W[do] ;B[eo] ;W[en] ;B[fo] ;W[cp] ;B[dq] ;W[kr] ;B[jr] ;W[kq] ;B[jq] ;W[lr] ;B[bb] ;W[bc] ;B[ca] ;W[cc] ;B[eg] ;W[df] ;B[hh] ;W[ii] ;B[hi] ;W[hj] ;B[dh] ;W[ch] ;B[fn] ;W[em] ;B[ap] ;W[ao] ;B[aq] ;W[bo] ;B[ln] ;W[lo] ;B[gj] ;W[hk] ;B[gk] ;W[hl] ;B[gl] ;W[id] ;B[ic] ;W[ll] ;B[lm] ;W[io] ;B[ho] ;W[oa] ;B[pa] ;W[na] (;B[pb] ;W[js] ;B[is] ;W[ks] ;B[hr] ;W[jm] ;B[li] ;W[ki] ;B[lh] ;W[km] ;B[lj] ;W[pe] ;B[qe] ;W[od] ;B[qc] ;W[so] ;B[sn] ;W[sp] ;B[rn] ;W[di] ;B[eh] ;W[ej] ;B[ef] ;W[ee] ;B[hm] ;W[im] ;B[gf] ;W[ff] ;B[fg] ;W[fj] ;B[fi] ;W[fm] ;B[gm] ;W[pg] ;B[qg] ;W[mi] ;B[gd] ;W[he] ;B[ed] ;W[de] ;B[ji] ;W[jj] ;B[jh] ;W[ia] ;B[ha] ;W[ja] ;B[jg] ;W[ij] ;B[fl] ;W[el] ;B[ba] ;W[ab] ;B[gc] ;W[ac]) (;B[pc]C[Black should defend this one. It's one point better. (As White soon demonstrates.)] ;W[sf])) (;W[if] ;B[he] ;W[id]C[Bad.])) (;B[gj] (;W[id] ;B[ic] (;W[ga]) (;W[gb] ;B[if] ;W[he] ;B[ig])) (;W[gh] ;B[gi] (;W[gm]) (;W[gl] ;B[ij] ;W[ji] ;B[hl] ;W[gm] ;B[jl] ;W[ll] (;B[lm] (;W[li]) (;W[lj])) (;B[kj]) (;B[lj] ;W[mi]))))) (;B[lj] ;W[mi] ;B[ml]C[Make White's shape awkward.])) (;B[lk]) (;B[mj])) (;B[oe] ;W[ne] ;B[pf])) (;B[mn] ;W[nn] ;B[oo] ;W[lp] ;B[kp] ;W[ko]C[Now this is a mistake.] ;B[oq] ;W[or] ;B[nr] ;W[mr] ;B[mq] (;W[ns] ;B[mp]) (;W[mp] ;B[lo]))) (;B[je]C[Black should connect. Black does not need to protect inside, and this is much stronger outside.]))

I also got in one more friendly game with this 5 dan:

We played even, no komi, and I lost, but it was a fun game and I learned some things.

It was a busy day at the TTS center, with lots of people around.

We went out to our favorite local izakaya place afterward for a post-friendship-match party.  We learned that Kitagawa-san (one of our new friends) was a "paper driver" -- she has a license, but doesn't actually drive.  Fukami-san was declared the "mood maker".  He likes to give people nicknames and decided this university student (who apparently just joined us for the party even though he didn't make it for the games) looks like Ichiro (who I guess is a baseball player).

When we left for the evening, the owner said, "see you next week!"  :)  She also calls Maeda-sensei, "Maeda-sensei", which I love.

Today we're off to Kyoto for our overnight cultural trip.

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