Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year 2010

I know it's way too fast, but I'm going to Ambon today. I'll be there for a week and I doubt that I can update my blog there, so I'll say it now!!

Happy New Year everyone!!! I hope 2010 will be great!!

It's almost 3 years since the first I played go (it'll hit 3 years in January), yet I haven't achieved enough in go, especially this year. Stuck between 2k and 1k, but it's ok. I think I've learned quite a lot of new things this year. Not only in go, but in my life also.

The road is still long ahead. I can't give up yet. :)

Btw, here is my resolutions for new year:
1. I'll achieve 2 dan by the end of next year.
2. I will get minimal B for every subjects of my lectures
3. I will be able to speak Nederlands by the end of next year.
4. I will write more in this blog than this year.

What's yours? ;)

Monday, December 28, 2009

Tsumego (13) : Answer

Here is the answer for Tsumego (13)

White resigned because she lost the semeai in the right side. She'll lose her group around P17. Let's see why.

Since it's white turn, white can attempt the an eye with P13 (1). Black will play 2 and white will naturally play 3.
Black 4 is the killing tesuji here. White must capture with 5, then black will play the throw in at 6. White
can't capture the black stone at 4, since it'll be a snapback, so white play 7 and black wil answer at 8, erasing the second eye.

Too easy for black

White can try P19, which is trickier than the previous variation.

Let's try to perplex black :)

Black can try N19, but it is a failure for black. White will capture the two stones, then black can try to play P18. White will fail if she answer at Q18 because black will simply connect at M19. The correct nswer for white is Q19. Leaving A and B as miai for white.

OOps.. White alive.

The correct answer for black is M19. White will again capturing with Q19. Black continue with throw in at P18 leaving A and B
as miai for black and white is left with only an eye.

White die.

This position came from game between Yun Jihee (white) vs. Lee Minjin (black) at the 15th Korean Female Kuksu, round 1.

Tsumego (13)

Black just played the marked move and white eventually resigned. Why did white resigned? Could you find the right path for black to win?

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!!!

I just want to say MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!!!

Tsumego (12) : Answer

This is the answer for Tsumego 12

T11 is the correct answer here. Black answer at 2 to prevent white to connect. White exchange move 3-4. Move 5 is the key
move here. Black answer at T9, trying to separate white and attempting for second eye. White play another good move, S11.
The only way to get out for black is to play T10, but white will cut at R10 and it is a double atari. Black captured the 2 stones with T12, but white will simply play Q10, leaving black with only 1 eye.

Black can't defend at T10 (at move 6). White will play T9, black defend at Q9, white play Q10 and leave a muau at A and B.

What if black play S12 instead of T13? White will play Q10. Black try to defend with Q9 but white wil play S11. Black defend with T10. White play
R10, forcing white to capture, then white play T8, leaving miai at A and B.

What if white play Q10 as his first move? Black will play T11 and give him two eyes at A and B.

Also the move at S12 doesn't work, due to the following sequence, giving black two eyes at A and B.

Down to the Last Game

After beating Park Sohyun in the first game, Cao Youyin of China luckily beat Umezawa Yukari Female Kisei in the third game of
the second stage of the 8th Jeongganjang Cup.

Umezawa who took white in the game actually had the advantage since the beginning, but later she make a terrible blunder during the endgame which
led to a favorable ko fight for Cao. Umezawa eventually resigned.

At move 220, Umezawa made a mistake by playing H14. She should just played N19 to made her group 100% alive and eventually won the game by small margin.

At the fourth game, Kim Hyeoyimin (5 pro) from Korea stopped Cao Youyin 2 winning streak by winning the game as black by 1.5 points. Kim Hyeoyimin decided to play for big moyo
after she trade the corners for outside influence.

Countering this, Cao played a shoulder hit at the bottom board, trying to reduce white's territory. Kim took the advantage by attacking white invader, thus
completing her moyo.

After a tight endgame, Kim Hyeoyimin eventually won the game by 1.5 points.

The fifth game was played December 24 between Kim Hyeoyimin of Korea against one of the Mukai sisters, Mukai Chiaki (3 pro).

Mukai Chiaki who played black in this game decided to play for a close endgame. She played carefully and got sente during the endgame at move 175. It was
a big yose move, because she captured 2 stones, made her group 100% alive, and got sente.

Kim Hyeoyimin resigned at move 227. Mukai Chiaki of Japan will play Li He from China at the Christmas Day.

So far Korea is down to their last player Park Jieun, while Japan has 2 members left Mukai Chiaki and Suzuki Ayumi. China still has the lead with Li He, Ye Gui, and last year's superstar Song Ronghui as their members.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Tsumego (12)

This is another tsumego. I perhaps won't give the answer until Christmas, since I don't think I can update until that time and I can't fully cover the Jeongganjang eiher :(

White to move and kill. This one is harder than the previous tsumegos. Enjoy :)

China Keep the Lead

After eliminating Aoki Kikuyo from the competition, Park Sohyun from Korea met Cao Youyin from China in the second game of the second round of the 8th Jeongganjang Cup.

Park who played as white in the previous game got reversed color in this game.

Cao Youyin (left) vs. Park Sohyun (right)

The game opened by black making a wall in the upper board by attacking white's group, but Cao Youyin took the chance when she got sente by making a shimari in the bottom board.

At move 52 white played a capping move, trying to reduce black's moyo. Black responded by also playing a capping move in white area. White's response was aggressive. Playing a pincer and started a semeai.

Black tried to attack white's weak group after her attacked group connected to the upper board.She got some advantage from attacking, but the gap is still big for white who took the advantage when attacking black's group.

Board position up to move 107

Black tried to make a comeback, by attempting to kill white's group. The game turned to a live or dead ko for white. White saved her group when she decided to ignore black's small ko threat and captured black's stone. I wonder if black can skip move 187 and played T18 instead, though move 187 gave a connection between black's group, but it gave white a better chance to live. After all it was a do or die ko for Park.

I think the one who stand behind Cao Youyin is Yu Bin (9p from China) who is the coach for China's Jeongganjang team.

Park Sohyun resigned to Cao Youyin at move 218. Cao Youyin will play one of Japan's member today. With Cao's victory, China keep the lead by still having 4 members in the competition.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Poll: Who Will Win the 8th Jeongganjang Cup?

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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Tsumego (11) : Answer

Here is the answer for tsumego (11)

C2 is the answer for this problem. White could connet with 2, attempting for the second eye, but black will play 3. Black of course can't play F3 since it's self-atari. In a real game white should just skip move 4 and save it as a ko threat.

White captured

Black can't play D2. White will lay C2 and the tesuji at E3 won't do anymore, since white will have 2 eyes.

E3 also won't work if it was played first. White will simply connect, leaving C2 and F3 as miai.

Korea Even the Score with Japan

The second stage of the 8th Jeongganjang Cup was started today (December 20). The stage was opened with a match between Park Sohyun from Korea and Aoki Kikuyo from Japan.

When the first stage ended in September (can't believe how fast time fly by O_o) Korea's position is slightly worse than Japan, since 2 of their members already eliminated, while Japan and China both still have 4 members.

However, today Park Sohyun managed to won the game from Aoki Kikuyo and made Korea tied with Japan.

Park Sohyun

Park played the game as white while Aoki Kikuyo played as black. The game opened with Aoki took 3 corners, while Park took the initiative by sacrificing the last empty corner. Up to move 33, the game is usual. White move at 34 is rather rare, since usually white will attach from Q5 to make a ladder breaker, but Park decided to play for territory.

Board position up to move 111

After the exchange in the bottom right corner, white attacked black's weak stones in the center. Black exchanged her uper right corner for a solid position in the upper board (inside white's area). White then played a very good game and hold the initiative.

White 156 is a very big move. It's a big move and white took it first. Black later tried to catch up in the yose (black 165 is a good example of a yose tesuji), but it's not enough to chase white.

White eventually won by 6.5 points.

Tomorrow Park Sohyun will play against one member from China. Let's see who.

Tsumego (11)

Here you go. A Sunday tsumego.

Black to move and kill. Enjoy :)

Friday, December 18, 2009

Tsumego(10) : Answer

This is the answer for Tsumego(10)

The answer of this tsumego is A2. With this move, white will eventually die.

B seems possible, but black has a tesuji that will make him live.

What about A3? A3 is also possible, but it'll lead to a ko fight. It's better to play A2 for a straight kill.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Tsumego (10)

Black to move and kill. Have fun :)

Tsumego (9) : Answer

Here is the answer for Tsumego (9)

A2 is the correct answer in this situation. White can capture it, but it'll be a snapback

Playing 1 at the following diagram is acceptable, but black will survive..

Tuesday, December 15, 2009


Black to move and live. Enjoy :)

Monday, December 14, 2009

Tsumego(8) : Answer

This is the answer for Tsumego 8

Sequence is important here. White must start with 1. The variation is forced up to move 6. White 7 is the escaping tesuji.

Otherwise, he'll be doomed


What if black connect at H9 at move 8? White will escape of course.

Tsumego(7) : Answer

This is the answer for Tsumego 7

The answer is obviously T18.

Black must not try to save the 2 stones, or he'll be doomed...

Sunday, December 13, 2009


White to escape. Don't care about the outcome. Just escape.

Recently I'm very busy with final exams and projects and can't update the blog :(
Once Christmas comes, I'll be free and will try to post more. :)

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Turnamen Internasional Ke-7 (3)

Pas pertandingan babak pertama selesai, aku nonton Rahmaddhani ngajarin si Wetry main pake handicap 5. Soalnya Wetry ketemu rekan sedaerahnya (halah!) Danang di babak berikutnya (yang notabene harus dilawannya dengan handicap 5). Gara-gara ngeliatin mereka, jadinya terlambat keluar buat makan, dan makanan yang tersisa cuma onigiri, udang, sama sup (ga tau deh yang lain apaan). Jadinya gue cuma makan itu doang.. Lapar banget pas sorenya wkwkwwkwkwkwk *ketawa miris.

Abis makan babak kedua dimulai

Pairing round 2 dan division:
Tone vs. Shoda
Wicky vs. Wakana
Ejiri vs. Erick

Sementara di kyu division, pairingnya sebagai berikut:
Erick vs. Afkar
Wetry vs. Danang
Andrew vs. Reza
Edy Then vs. Chaku

Sementara untuk divisi group pairingnya:
Indonesia 1 vs. Korea
Indonesia 2 vs. Jepang

Dan hasilnya:
Dan division:
Tone O vs. X Shoda
Wicky O vs. X Wakana
Ejiri O vs. X Erick

Kyu division:
Erick X vs. O Afkar
Wetry O vs. X Danang
Andrew O vs. X Reza
Edy Then X vs. O Chaku

Group division:
Indonesia 1 vs. Korea
Mr. Rahmaddahani X vs. O Mr. Kim
Mr. Daniel J O vs. X Mr. Bang
Mr. Surya O vs. X Mr. Hong

Indonesia 2 vs. Jepang
Ms. Harfina O vs. X Mr. Kim
Mr. Edwin X vs. O Mr. Bang
Mr. Daniel T. O vs. X Mr. Hong

Untuk kali ini aku minta maaf... Gara-gara keasyikan main, jadi lupa ngambil foto buat babak kedua. wakakakakakakkaa T_T
sorry guys...

Friday, November 27, 2009

Turnamen Internasional Ke-7 (2)

Besoknya bangun pagi-pagi sekitar jam 7 gitu. Keluar nyari sarapan sama Hari (harusnya dari semalam kita beli. Cuma pada kagak ingat soal sarapan kemarinnya :p). Abis sarapan, terus mandi, abis itu beres-beres buat check out, terus pada foto-foto dulu sebelum check out wkwkwkwkwk.

Habis check out, kita naik 2 taksi menuju ke JF. Ternyata dari hotelnya ke JF gak gitu jauh. Cuma sekitar 10 menitan. Udah nyampe, Hari nemenin aku foto spanduk di luar gedung Summitmas dulu (sorry yah Har.. jadi nemenin).

Ini nih spanduknya..

Setelah foto-foto, terus naik ke lantai 2, abis itu registrasi. Pas ketemu sama Wetry, dia bilang ada tasnya yang ketinggalan di taksi. ASTAGA!! Terus isinya ada ATM, KTP, uang, sama masih ada barang lainnya. Cuma akhirnya bisa pasrah nunggu telpon balik dari pihak taksinya (cuma sekarang udah balik lagi barang-barangnya ke Wetry. Syukur yah Wet :D).

Registrasi peserta

Main sebelum acara

Pas ngeliat susunan pemain, aku rada bingung. Soalnya entry rankku kan 1k, tapi malah dimasukkin ke dan division. Katanya Bu Yui (orang dari pihak Japan Foundation, MC acara, serta orang yang udah repot-repot nolongin perjalanku. Thanks yah Bu Yui :D) karena peserta dan tahun ini sedikit, akhirnya pemain 1 kyu masuk ke divisi dan.
Ini pairing untuk round 1 dan division:
Tone (Jepang, 4 dan) vs. Abi Prana (Indonesia, 1 dan)
Shoda (Jepang, 4 dan) vs. Biondy (Indonesia, 1 kyu)
Kamemura (Jepang 3 dan) vs. Wicky (Indonesia, 1 kyu)
Wakana (Jepang, 1 dan) vs. Handy (Indonesia, 1 kyu)
Ejiri (Jepang, 1 dan) vs. Diana Lie (Indonesia, 1 kyu)
Uesugi (Jepang, 1 kyu) vs. Erick (Indonesia, 1 kyu)

Sambutan sebelum acara

Aku ketemu Shoda san. Karena sistem turnamennya menggunakan handicap, jadi aku main sebagai hitam dengan handicap 4. Awalnya sih memimpin permainan, cuma karena 1 langkah salah, akhirnya jadi kalah di semeai dan aku menyerah :( hiks... sedih banget... cuma ya mau diapain lagi...

Hasil round 1 dan division:
Tone O vs. X Abi Prana
Shoda O vs. X Biondy
Kamemura X vs. O Wicky
Wakana O vs. X Handy
Ejiri O vs. X Diana Lie
Uesugi X vs. O Erick

Sementara itu teman-teman dari Bandung semuanya ada di divisi kyu. Cuma sayang si Luthfi kagak bisa main, soalnya hanya satu orang lagi yang bisa main. Jadinya Danang yang main.

Pairing round 1 kyu division:
Pipin (2 kyu) vs. Afkar (3 kyu)
Jeffry (2 kyu) vs. Danang (7 kyu)
Andrew (2 kyu) vs. Wempy (3 kyu)
Edy Then (3 kyu) vs. Lukman (4 kyu)
Reza (3 kyu) vs Rosa (7 kyu)
Chaku (3 kyu) vs. Hariman (7 kyu)
Lilu (3 kyu) vs. Erik (5 kyu)
Wetry (3 kyu) vs. Wembris (6 kyu)

And the winner is......
Pipin X vs. Afkar O
Jeffry X vs. Danang O
Andrew O vs. Wempy X
Edy Then O vs. Lukman X
Reza O vs Rosa X
Chaku O vs. Hariman X
Lilu X vs. Erik O
Wetry O vs. Wembris X

Sementara itu, di divisi tim, teridiri atas 4 tim, yakni Jepang, Korea, Indonesia 1, dan Indonesia 2. Biasanya tim Indonesia hanya ada 1, hanya saja karena tahun ini Cina tidak turut serta di turnamen, jadinya Indonesia jadi 2 tim.

Tim Indonesia 1:
Mr. Rahmaddahani (2 dan)
Mr. Daniel J (4 dan)
Mr. Surya (4 dan)

Tim Indonesia 2:
Ms. Harfina (1 dan)
Mr. Edwin (2 dan)
Mr. Daniel T. (3 dan)

Tim Jepang:
Mr. Takeda (5 dan)
Mr. Morimoto (6 dan)
Mr. Watanabe (7 dan)

Tim Korea:
Mr. Kim (5 dan)
Mr. Bang (6 dan)
Mr. Hong (6 dan)

Hasil untuk round 1 group division:
Tim Indonesia 1 vs. Tim Jepang
Mr. Rahmaddahani O vs. X Mr. Takeda
Mr. Daniel J O vs. X Mr. Morimoto
Mr. Surya O vs. X Mr. Watanabe
Tim Indonesia 1 berhasil sapu bersih di babak pertama. Luar biasa!

Tim Indonesia 1 (kanan) vs. Tim Jepang (kiri)

Tim Indonesia 2 vs. Tim Korea
Ms. Harfina X vs. O Mr. Kim
Mr. Edwin X vs. O Mr. Bang
Mr. Daniel T. O vs. X Mr. Hong
Sayang sekali. Tim Indonesia 2 kalah 2-1 dari Tim Korea.

Tim Indonesia 2 vs. Tim Korea

Setelah babak pertama berakhir, turnamen dihentikan dulu untuk makan siang.

Turnamen Internasional Ke-7 (1)

Baru saja diadakan turnamen Internasional ke-7 di Japan Foundation, Jakarta. Turnamen yang melibatkan 3 negara ini, yakni Indonesia, Jepang, dan Korea, diadakan pada 22 November 2009.

Japan Foundation memutuskan untuk mengundang 4 pemain dari luar daerah untuk mempererat ikatan pemain igo antar daerah (sayangnya hanya 2 daerah yang mengirimkan pemainnya). Karena itulah, aku ikut serta dalam turnamen kali ini sebagai wakil Surabaya.

Tiba di Jakarta pada Sabtu sore, aku langsung disambut dengan hujan. Untung hujannya turun pas udah di darat. Soalnya kalau hujan pas masih di pesawat, biasanya pesawatnya suka berguncang gitu... Ga enak rasanya.

Sampai bandara, terus naik taksi bandara ke hotel Aryaduta. Pas nyampe, eh, ternyata salah hotel. swt. Harusnya ke Aryaduta Suite, eh malahan diantar ke hotel Aryaduta. Akhirnya dari Aryaduta naik taksi lagi ke Aryaduta Suite di jalan Garnisun Dalam. Ngakak kalau ingat kejadian itu.

Sesudah check in, langsung naik ke suite di lantai 6. Liftnya cepet banget. Belum apa-apa udah di lantai 6. Pas nyampe di kamar, ternyata udah ada Lilu (wakil dari Bandung), Wicky, sama Edwin. Suitenya itu isinya 3 kamar, ruang tengah, kamar mandi, sama ada satu ruangan lagi yang kayaknya ruangan pompa.

Sesudah beres-beres, cerita-cerita gak jelas, nonton wawancara tentang penyantetan di TV (beneran.. lucu banget deh kasus yang satu ini. wkwkwkwkwkwwkk), tim dari Bandung yang beranggotakan 5 orang datang ke hotel. Mereka adalah (drum roll please) Hari, Wetry, Danang, Andi, dan Luthfi.

Abis itu kita (minus Danang, Andi, sama Luthfi) pergi makan di mall deket situ (apa sih nama tempatnya itu?). Pas balik ke hotel langsung pada main igo. Yang pertama Wetry sama aku. Main pake handicap 2 (entry rank si Wetry 3k, aku 1k). Aku menang 1 poin (lucky banget deh. Soalnya aslinya kalah, cuma Wetry salah pas endgame). Sudah itu giliran si Hari sama Luthfi yang main. Mereka main 2 kali kalau ga salah ingat. Pas yang pertama Luthfi menang. Berikutnya giliran Hari yang menang.

Main igo malam-malam

Udah pada capek main igo (capek karena efek perjalanan juga), semuanya pada nonton sambil nungguin Astrid datang buat nemenin Wetry. Astrid lama banget nyampenya (dari Ancol katanya. Ngelatih lumba-lumba di sana). Datangnya pas udah tengah malam.

Dari kiri ke kanan Wetry, Astrid, Luthfi, Andi, Danang

Sesudah Astrid datang, masih lanjut cerita-cerita sambil ngakak-ngakak sekitar sejam gitu, terus semuanya pada bubaran buat istirahat. Berakhirlah hari pertamaku di Jakarta.

Dari kiri ke kanan Wetry, Astrid, Hari