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Two EGF professionals were invited by Mr. Ge Yuhong to play the China City League C held from 11th to 21st of May 2015 in Qinghuandao, China.
Qinghuandao is a city next to sea in the east part of China. Two EGF professionals were me and Ali Jabarin. Ali was already in Beijing for one week, training in Mr. Ge's Go academy. I came directly from Globis Cup, Tokyo.
We were accommodated in a 5 star hotel with a beautiful view on the sea. This was also the playing place for C league, B league and women B league.
All this events are held every year like this. Not like the Chinese A league. All this tournaments are team tournaments, me and Ali we played on 4th boards in two different teams. Next year maybe an EGF pro team will apply for possible participation.
We played 7 games, one a day with the time allowance of 145 minutes basic time + 5x60s byo-yomi. Some games last 7-8 hours. I managed to win 2 games and Ali won 1 game (I won game between us by 0,25 stones=0,5 points)
Report (in Chinese)
The 2nd Globis Cup World Go U20 Championship was held from 8th to 10th of May 2015 in Tokyo, Japan. I was the representative from Europe, because I had become European Champion U20 back in March. I arrived on the 7th of May at Narita Airport in Tokyo and I was "lucky", I met a team of reporter's just after I came out from exit. They told me their name is "Why did you come to Japan?" (and later I got to know, that this is like the 3rd biggest TV-program in Japan, very famous amongst Japanese people) They asked me questions and at some point the question was: "Can we follow you on your trip here?" I told them they can, and they followed me almost everywhere I went for 3 days. I was probably interesting for them and I didn't have to do much that day, It was a nice coincidence. There will be a show, I will put a link when it will be ready.
More important, the next day the tournament had started. There were 2 games a day with time allowance of 10x30 seconds a move without any basic time. The games were very fast, average time of play was about 1 hour. This year the pairing system was changed and I was put to a group of seeded China, Korea and Japan. Which meant my chances of getting to the quarterfinals was small.
I played against Yang Dinxin 3p in the first round, I resigned when losing about komi. My second opponent was Fujimura Yosuke 2p, the game went quite good for me and I had many chances to win the game, but my opponent could read faster with the time settings and it was not enough. So I was eliminated after the first day.
I had two days free, I went to visit places in Tokyo, a Go do-jo in Tokyo, the Nihon Ki-in and other places. The people in Japan are very friendly and nice, the food is delicious and not so expensive. Japan is a good place. I also had time to watch the finals of the tournament, where Na Hyun 6p was beaten by Huang Yinsong 4p from China. My flight was directly to Beijing to play China City League C.
On the first weekend of May 2015, I had been playing the Korean Ambasador Cup in Prague, Czechia, a Bonus Point C class tournament. At the same time I was a teaching professional invited by the organiser. I gave public lectures for the players on saturday and sunday, I played simultaneous games on saturday afternoon and I gave reviews during breaks between rounds.
There were not as much players as last year, but still it was 71 players. Czechia is one of the strongest Go countries in Europe, not only because of the quantity of the players, but the quality. Surprisingly, I did not get to play against any 6 dan players, I only played against strong 5 dan players. Part of the tournament was a Czech Qualification for Korean Ambasador Cup that was won by Martin Jurek 5 dan. Congratulations and good luck!
On the last weekend of April 2015, there was a tournament held in the city Linz in Austria. This is probably the second biggest tournament in Austria after the Vienna IGT. 29 people were playing in the tournament. The atmosphere there was very friendly, Zhao Baolong 2p was giving commentaries for those who wished. There was also food right at the playing place for the participants. As for the results, the Slovak team was very successful, we brought home 10 wins. Both, me and my girlfriend scored 5 out of 5. We went home with a good feeling and ready for the next tournament!
Photos by Sonka Smolarikova