Japan lost to Norway in WAGC

The 32nd World Amateur Go Championship started yesterday in Matsue, Japan. Nothing unexpected in the first two rounds, but the third round came with a big surprise: Japan lost to Norway!! The Japanese representative this year is Mr. Hironori Hirata who will be 85 next month. He participated several times at this championship in the past, and even won it once. Too bad he made a blunder in this game: he failed to protect against a simple threat and a big group of his died. If he defended, he would have won by a few points (maybe less than komi).

Here is the complete game.

(;GM[1]FF[4]CA[UTF-8]AP[CGoban:3]ST[2] RU[Japanese]SZ[19]KM[6.50] PW[Hironori Hirata]PB[Morten Ofstad]WR[8d]BR[4d]DT[2011-05-29]EV[WAGC 2011, round 3]RE[B+Resign]MULTIGOGM[1] ;B[pd] ;W[dc] ;B[pp] ;W[dq] ;B[pj] ;W[nc] ;B[kd] ;W[le] ;B[oc] ;W[nd] ;B[pf] ;W[id] ;B[gc] ;W[he] ;B[ge] ;W[gf] ;B[fe] ;W[ce] ;B[ic] ;W[hc] ;B[hb] ;W[hd] ;B[fb] ;W[jc] ;B[ib] ;W[jd] ;B[jb] ;W[kc] ;B[do] ;W[dl] ;B[eq] ;W[ep] ;B[dp] ;W[fq] ;B[er] ;W[cq] ;B[fr] ;W[eo] ;B[bp] ;W[en] ;B[bq] ;W[gq] ;B[gr] ;W[hq] ;B[mq] ;W[ff] ;B[cf] ;W[df] ;B[be] ;W[cg] ;B[cd] ;W[bf] ;B[kj] ;W[ec] ;B[fc] ;W[ij] ;B[jl] ;W[mj] ;B[jj] ;W[ik] ;B[ll] ;W[ml] ;B[mm] ;W[nl] ;B[lh] ;W[pl] ;B[ni] ;W[lm] ;B[mn] ;W[kl] ;B[lk] ;W[jm] ;B[jh] ;W[qj] ;B[qi] ;W[qk] ;B[ri] ;W[qn] ;B[ro] ;W[qo] ;B[qp] ;W[rn] ;B[rp] ;W[on] ;B[ii] ;W[eb] ;B[dd] ;W[ed] ;B[ee] ;W[de] ;B[cc] ;W[cb] ;B[bb] ;W[ba] ;B[bc] ;W[ea] ;B[ad] ;W[af] ;B[da] ;W[ca] ;B[fa] ;W[ae] ;B[ab] ;W[db] ;B[bn] ;W[kb] ;B[ja] ;W[hr] ;B[ck] ;W[dr] ;B[cp] ;W[ds] ;B[dk] ;W[qc] ;B[qd] ;W[ob] ;B[pb] ;W[pc] ;B[qb] ;W[od] ;B[rc] ;W[bd] ;B[br] ;W[gs] ;B[be] ;W[il] ;B[ln] ;W[bd] ;B[km] ;W[be] ;B[jn] ;W[kq] ;B[sk] ;W[rl] ;B[bi] ;W[jk] ;B[in] ;W[ko] ;B[kn] ;W[lr] ;B[mr] ;W[of] ;B[og] ;W[ng] ;B[oe] ;W[nf] ;B[gm] ;W[gj] ;B[lf] ;W[kf] ;B[kg] ;W[jf] ;B[hi] ;W[gl] ;B[fl] ;W[fm] ;B[em] ;W[fn] ;B[el] ;W[hm] ;B[gk] ;W[gn] ;B[dn] ;W[bh] ;B[ci] ;W[fk] ;B[ip] ;W[ek] ;B[dm] ;W[no] ;B[lq] ;W[kr] ;B[op] ;W[ms] ;B[ns] ;W[ls] ;B[or] ;W[oh] ;B[pg] ;W[nh] ;B[pi] ;W[oc] ;B[ok] ;W[ol] ;B[jp] ;W[kp] ;B[mk] ;W[sl] ;B[sn] ;W[po] ;B[qm] ;W[pm] ;B[oo] (;W[nn]LB[sm:A]C[Losing move: white hallucinates that his group is alive. White should play at A to make two eyes, and let black cut and capture one stone.] ;B[rm]C[White's group is dead after this.]) (;W[sm] ;B[nn] ;W[so]C[Black is ahead on the board, but not enough to give komi.]))

The tournament website is here. You can also read daily reports in the online bulletin Ranka.

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4 Responses to “Japan lost to Norway in WAGC”

  1. Adrian Ghioc says:

    Sorinelu’, pune si tu link de download ca sa nu se chinuie lumea cu cacatelu’ asta mic. Macar ptr bosorogii care nu mai vad asa bine si tot ai putea sa faci asa :)

  2. Sorin says:

    The SGF file is not on the server, so there is no link I can publish, sorry Adrian.

    The SGF file is embedded in the HTML directly, one can extract it from there manually.

  3. Einar RĂždtang says:

    That is great work Morten :D

  4. Guillaume says:

    This is a sign ^^,
    Soon we will be winning a lot of WAGC