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May 29th, 2008

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Rounds 3+4

A bad day for me at the WAGC – first I got thoroughly beaten by the 4 dan from Israel (he was a little surprised when I resigned early, but the game was going nowhere fast – I’d say resigning was one of the few moves I made that the pro reviewing the game agreed with).

Next I got drawn against a 2-dan from Vietnam, who I felt I had every chance of beating. I started with a terrible result in one of the corners, but managed to claw my way back and thought I was leading in the middle game. Through a combination of good play by him and stuff-ups by me he managed to run right through my main territory and the state of the game got rather confusing. But I may still have been leading going into the endgame. This changed with some confused ko fights, particularly when he played a ko threat of which I somehow failed to spot the purpose, and he snipped off a handy 5 stones. I still had a few chances, but suddenly everything started to backfire and he made several small gains, eventually winning comfortably by 13.5 points. (To give an indication of the many ko fights, my score after filling in the prisoners was minus 6.) Very disappointing, especially after three and a half hours of play. But probably not as disapponting as Cornel Burzo, 4th seed from Romania, who lost an epic ko fest to Fernando Aguilar from Argentina after about 4 and a half hours and 350 moves!

Round 5 will be against another 2 dan, this time a 68-year-old from Peru.

Posted by konrad in News, Tournaments

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2 Responses to “Rounds 3+4”

  1. Steve says:

    Good luck for tomorrow’s games!

  2. Steve says:

    Konrad beat his Peruvian opponent in Round 5 – well done! Next round he’s playing the Polish representative.

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