British Go Journal No. 41. May 1978. Page 8.
This historic event, sponsored by Japan Air Lines, took place at the London go Centre on Friday 14th April. A four-man British team played a team from the Leningrad Go Club in a match lasting 10 hours. The result was a 2-2 draw.
The idea for the match was conceived at the European Go Congress in Rijswijk, Holland last summer. Valeri Astashkin attended the Congress to play in the European Championship and approached Matthew Macfadyen with the suggestion of a telephone match that would give more of his countrymen a chance to play opponents outside Russia.
After an exchange of letters and telegrams the match was fixed for April 14th. Japan Air Lines London office offered financial support to the British team and also covered the distribution of publicity. Without their generous help the match would have been merely a pipedream.
Telephone contact with Leningrad was established early on Friday morning and the match began at 10am. The moves were relayed using algebraic notation and there was no real language problem, although the quality of the telephone line was initially poor. The time limits were 1½ hours per player and 1 minute byoyomi, but so much time was consumed in relaying the moves that it was not possible to conclude all the games.
The games on Board 1 and 4 were unfinished as the time available ran out. On neither board could the players agree that either had a decisive advantage, and so, unusually, draws were agreed.
A press reception was held in the early afternoon which was attended by representatives of the Mainichi Shimbun, Soviet Weekly and the G.P.O. who drank sake dispensed by a girl in a traditional Japanese kimono.
Several radio stations announced the match and later reported the result and the London evening papers also reported the event.
From every point of view the match was a great success and the British players hope to repeat this venture with clubs from other countries, including Japan and America.
|1||Valeri Astashkin, 5-dan||Jon Diamond, 6-dan||Agreed drawn|
|2||Tony Goddard, 5-dan||Giorgi Nilov, 5-dan||White won by resignation|
|3||Alexander Vasilov, 4-dan||Matthew Macfadyen, 5-dan||White won by resignation|
|4||Adam Pirani, 3-dan||Boris Surupov, 3-dan||Agreed drawn|
Black: Alexander Vasilov, 4d, USSR
White: Matthew Macfadyen, 5d, UK
The game-file in SGF format.
Matthew Macfadyen played the most interesting game of the match against Vasilov. In these brief comments, Matthew concentrates on the territorial potential of the positions, rather than the tactics, and on the concept of commitment.
Figure 1 (1-100) |
Diagram 1 |
BGJ only listed the moves in words, it did not have this diagram.
Figure 2 (101-173) |
The yose was uneventful. Play stopped at 173, but all the large points have been taken. Black is about 20 points behind, and resigned.