Wednesday, July 19, 2017

JGC -- last day, and last day in Japan

I lost my last JGC open tournament game to Sirithep Chen, from Thailand, leaving me with a 2-2 record overall for the tournament.

I didn't get a chance to get it reviewed, but here's the game.

(;GM[1]FF[4]CA[UTF-8]AP[CGoban:3]ST[2] RU[Japanese]SZ[19]KM[6.50] C[Sirithep Chen played white] ;B[pd] ;W[dd] ;B[pq] ;W[dp] ;B[fq] ;W[cn] ;B[ip] ;W[po] ;B[np] ;W[qq] ;B[qr] ;W[ql] ;B[qp] ;W[qi] ;B[fc] ;W[df] ;B[jd] ;W[qf] ;B[pf] ;W[pg] ;B[qe] ;W[of] ;B[pe] ;W[og] ;B[nd] ;W[rg] ;B[fo] ;W[dr] ;B[ch] ;W[cj] ;B[eh] ;W[ge] ;B[hd] ;W[ej] ;B[gg] ;W[hf] ;B[hg] ;W[gi] ;B[hi] ;W[hj] ;B[hh] ;W[if] ;B[jh] ;W[kf] ;B[ij] ;W[gj] ;B[eg] ;W[ff] ;B[fg] ;W[ik] ;B[jj] ;W[ld] ;B[db] ;W[cc] ;B[jk] ;W[pb] ;B[lc] ;W[mc] ;B[kc] ;W[md] ;B[qc] ;W[qb] ;B[rf] ;W[qg] ;B[rd] ;W[sf] ;B[rb] ;W[ra] ;B[sc] ;W[re] ;B[pc] ;W[ob] ;B[rn] ;W[jl] ;B[bf] ;W[cf] ;B[bg] ;W[cb] ;B[il] ;W[hk] ;B[im] ;W[kl] ;B[kn] ;W[ml] ;B[dm] ;W[dn] ;B[fm] ;W[em] ;B[el] ;W[en] ;B[fk] ;W[cl] ;B[fn] ;W[ei] ;B[mi] ;W[sb] ;B[sa] ;W[ic] ;B[id] ;W[sb] ;B[dl] ;W[cm] ;B[sa] ;W[qa] ;B[sb] ;W[sd] ;B[se] ;W[kd] ;B[jc] ;W[sd] ;B[fj] ;W[rc] ;B[fi] ;W[mo] ;B[mp] ;W[lo] ;B[kq] ;W[fr] ;B[gr] ;W[eq] ;B[fp] ;W[jo] ;B[io] ;W[lp] ;B[lq] ;W[jp] ;B[jq] ;W[gs] ;B[hs] ;W[fs] ;B[hq] ;W[qn] ;B[rm] ;W[rl] ;B[ro] ;W[jn] ;B[qm] ;W[in] ;B[hn] ;W[jm] ;B[hm] ;W[pm] ;B[mg] ;W[eb] ;B[ec] ;W[dc] ;B[fb] ;W[da] ;B[bd] ;W[fa] ;B[hb] ;W[nj])

In the afternoon, we had the Pair Go tournament. Fukami-san got Nakura-san to come to Takarazuka to be my partner.  (Thank you, Fukami-san!!)  Nakura-san made the trip out just for this; he wasn't part of the Congress otherwise. He's 7 dan, so I apologized in advance for my poor performance. He was really good-natured about it though and happy to play. (This is really important in pair Go; it's no fun if your partner gets mad at you for making mistakes.)

In both games, we played White, giving a 2 stone handicap (in the first game, we also had 6 points reverse komi).  In the first game, the female player was the weaker player and would often play sente moves to avoid making decisions about what would happen next.  This made it easy for me to just respond and allow my 7 dan partner to decide what to do.  We won this game by resignation.

In the second game, the female player (in the kimono above) was the stronger player of our opponents (she was in the open division; her partner was 1 dan).  That meant that I was responsible for responding to her moves.  We won this game on time.  It was really interesting because it was clear that the stronger player of our opponents knew they were almost out of time (sudden death time setting) so she played her moves instantly, but her partner was oblivious and would continue to use time to think about where to play.  But she never made any move to indicate to him that he should speed up or pay attention to the clock; she was completely stoic about it.

Pete played with Miyoko-san.  We thought they were going to play these little kids, but it turns out the kids had much lower rankings and ended up playing someone else.

Gabby won all four of her games in the open tournament.  We were (again) really proud of her.

It was really hard to leave all my new friends.  We were all crying when we had to say goodbye.  There was a farewell party for the Congress, which I joined for a little while, but many of our group had not paid for it so they were just lingering outside.  Inside, the party was large and noisy and excluded most of our group, so I left quickly to re-join my crew.  Maeda-sensei and Li-sensei soon joined us at an okonomiyaki place down the street, where we had our last time together.  When we were saying goodbye, Maeda-sensei said to me, "I'll see you in San Diego, right?"  I had to say no, which made me sad to not be attending this year's U.S. Go Congress.

The next morning I met Pete at Cynthia (the Takarazuka version of Hachiko):

and we took the Shinkansen back to Narita to fly home.

Everyone has scattered across the planet.  We'll never get a chance to have everyone together again, though I'm sure I'll see groups of them at various future Go events, and hopefully will see some of them at future Osaka Go Camps.

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