Archive for September, 2007

Cho U takes the lead in the Meijin title 2-1

Thursday, September 27th, 2007
Cho U won the 3rd game of this year’s Meijin Title by 1.5 points. White (Cho U) played symmetrically for a little while – that must have put some pressure on Takao.

Meijin Title : Cho U evens the score 1-1

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007
Cho U, playing black, won by resignation in the second game of the Meijin Title, so the score is now 1-1. There were two very interesting exchanges in the two corners on the lower side in the first 70 moves.

New lesson: “Learning from professional games”

Sunday, September 16th, 2007
I wrote a new lesson: “Learning from professional games (1)”. This is based on first game from the current Meijin title in Japan. This is not the first time I write something based on what I learn from replaying professional games – actually several of the professional titles I followed and wrote about contain such things – but I thought about writing separate articles instead of embedding the lessons within the actual tournament page. For people who will read this a few months from now, following the tournament pages might not be attractive anymore (after all, there are a lot of tournaments, and mostly the new ones are followed). Also, another news related to this latest lesson: I’m experimenting with adding Javascript to my pages. If you have Javascript enabled in your internet browser (most of the people do, especially those who use Gmail, Google maps, etc) the article will seem very short when you load (or reload) the page, and you’ll see a link at the bottom of the page along the lines of “Click here for the solution” – click there and the article will expand itself. (If you don’t have Javascript enabled, you’ll see all the article at once, same as before). This is in order to avoid spoiling the problems by unintentionally showing the solution diagrams to those of my readers who like to really think hard about the problems before reading the solutions. Which I hope most of my readers do :-) Let me know if this is a good idea or not – if it is annoying to most of you I’ll just think of something else.

Meijin Title : 1-0 for the title holder Takao Shinji

Thursday, September 6th, 2007
Meijin Title started yesterday: title holder Takao Shinji won the first game by 4.5 points against the challenger and previous Meijin title holder, Cho U. Takao built a huge moyo starting from the lower side, and that turned in the end into a huge territory. It was interesting to see Takemiya giving the public game commentary – he must have been very happy with Black’s strategy, since he’s the one who’s name is associated with large moyo strategies. Next game: September 19, 20.

Sydney Go Journal number 14

Thursday, September 6th, 2007
A new Sydney Go Journal issue (number 14) just came out – this time with a supplement, and several professional games to illustrate the main theme, which this time is how to build up the foundation of your game: fuseki. Many thanks to David Mitchell, who is writing this high quality Go journal!