Friday, January 14, 2011

First Blood at Kisei

The 35th Kisei entered the last day of the first game. Cho U (9 dan) played his sealed move, N6, and opened the last day.

Cho's sealed helped his group at the right side before he fix the group at the center by capturing one stone. I personally prefer to connect at H8 as black, because white's shape at the center is very poor and I'd like to keep it that way, but Iyama prefer to connect instead.

Iyama Yuta (facing the camera) vs. Cho U

Iyama started a ko fight at move 67. The ko fight is dangerous for both side. Iyama played carefully at move 99. He connected the ko instead of playing K2 which may lead to another dangerous ko fight. After the fight at the bottom board, I think Iyama had the control of the game. He played good moves like black 143 and black 95. He gave the final blow to Cho at move 201, showing Cho that move 200 is a blunder.

Iyama opened the title series with a great performance. The second game will be played at January 26-27.

Here is the game record:
Iyama Yuta (black) vs. Cho U (white). Result: B+R

(;CA[Windows-1252]SZ[19]AP[MultiGo:4.4.4]EV[35th Japanese kisei title match, game 1]
DT[2011-01-14]PB[Iyama Yuta]BR[9p]PW[Cho U]WR[9p]KM[6.5]HA[0]RE[B+R]MULTIGOGM[1]