Another game. This one was even, with me taking white. The opening was sensible enough, with my opponent taking sanrensei.
It’s been somewhat of a dull day, but I have a new CD (Keith Jarret’s Köln Concert) to listen to and some free time to play a game of go. Auto-match pairs me with a 7kyu, which is probably a good thing as I’m not in the mood for a super taxing game. I will be playing white, with only 0.5pt komi.
Ulva was nice. Ulva was nice and quiet. Just what I needed. Although, I didn’t quite manage to “get away from it all”, as the conversation over beer turned to life events. I have to admit, I’m quite jealous of Moz getting the opportunity to “settle down.” I’m finding academia increasingly unfulfilling in that sense. I have no idea where Louisa will be living by the end of the year, and no idea what I’ll be doing this time next year. The job market is tough, the competition is tough, and there’s a built-in expectation that people should be prepared to move anywhere and everywhere required. If we’re really lucky, we’ll end up with jobs in the same country. But I know a few couples who live on different continents.
Anyway, life is too short to spend too much time worrying about the future. And it’s now morning and we have to lug our stuff back to the pier to get the ferry back over to mull. Hard work, but at least we could get a coffee and cake at the other end.
Ok, here’s my second review. I’ve lost the last few games (been in the wrong mindset I think, being drawn into needless fights etc), but this game seemed like it would be worth going over. I’m black and play my usual fuseki.
I’m not sure how much I like this joseki for white, I gain sente, some potential down the right hand side, and the relationship between D16 (2) and L17 (12) isn’t great.
Back at the campsite we had a nice quiet evening, then walked to the pub for a meal.
In order to try and improve my Go playing, I have decided to write some reviews on my games. I doubt (m)any people will be interested, but my hope is that by going to the effort to write out the review, I will also put more effort in to the actual review and gain more from the experience. Hopefully it will lead to me playing better go too :) So without further ado, here is the first game.
I am playing white, we have 25minutes clock time, and 6.5 komi. The opening is pretty straight forward with both players taking adjacent star points (hoshi). Black approaches, I back off low (no reason to pincer), and black then backs off with a large knight. Not the move I would have played, or one that I know much about (D2 and 4 are the more obvious moves), but it is played by professionals, so there’s no reason to think it’s anything other than an excellent move.
Woke up, went for a shower (might as well get my money’s worth while paying to stay at a campsite), and them promptly got soaked by horizontal rain while walking back to the tent. So, now all my clothes are damp. I start to wonder when they’ll get a chance to dry out. The weather forecast hasn’t been particularly inspiring. Moz had booked a boat trip out to Staffa and we’re wondering if it’s still worth going give the gray gray weather. After some umming and ahhing, we decide that we might as well cycle into Fionnport to get something to eat, and we can decide about the boat trip, and more generally, what to do all day if it’s going to constantly rain, later.