Last weekend, we had our annual Three Country Go Tournament between Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. Apparently, this tournament is already 20 years old, having had the first one back in 1988. It is more of a friendship tournament so that players and members get to know each other more and share experience etc. It is a very good initiative.
I took part in the tournament, of course, having promised myself that I should play more tournament Go. I took part in the same tournament some years back in Singapore and had great memories of it.
Besides the tournament proper, we had two professional teachers from Singapore, Mr. Yang and Mr. Kang who played teaching games with us. Without any doubts, I learnt a few things this time too.
The tournament started on Saturday morning itself and since I had to work, I had to miss the first two games. I wanted to take leave from work but we had a pre-arranged meeting with some Singaporeans that morning and I could not be absent from the meeting.
So, barring the first two games which I lost on penalty, I won 2 out of 5 games. One game I lost to Philip by 8.5 points, due again to my horrible yose play which Alex showed me how I should have played, and the two games I won, one is with Chyn who walked-over because he said he needed rest and the final game, I won against Jimmy Cheng by 1.5 points. The game with Jimmy was particularly interesting as he played two “flying knife” moves on me which I got hit both times and had to struggle to recover from that ambush. Luckily, I managed to secure some territories in the center to get that win.
Overall, it was a fun event. More tournaments to go.
Full report and pictures here: http://www.weiqi.org.my/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=190&Itemid=54