UK Team Wins First Match of New Season
We were drawn against Belgium in our first match of the new season of the Pandanet Go European Team Championship B League. We won the match 3-1.
Chris Bryant said: My game went pretty smoothly - played unorthodox fuseki to make my opponent uncomfortable and built up a massive centre. Made a couple of silly reading mistakes but kept enough to win by 1.5.
Des Cann wrote: Not happy with my game. Played a bit vague in the early middle game and soon found myself forced to defend where I was attacking. Never recovered.
Daniel Hu wrote: My opponent played some solid joseki. I didn’t bother to invade. Then a few more of that most basic 4-4 joseki. He entered my side, but I just made good shape and didn’t bother to attack, and he built up his side. I was behind before the endgame, which already started at move 89, but he let me get the largest move (115) and I repeatedly gained those 1-2 points as he got into byo-yomi early. I won by 4.5 and still had 5 minutes left. Phew! I need to fight more in the opening.
Bruno Poltronieri wrote: The opening in my game was pretty strange as my opponent played a fairly extreme centre oriented strategy. I tried to play as normal as possible while countering his plans for a large centre. I traded a ko in my corner to cut off some of his stones and gain some influence towards the right side. I was then able to attack him a bit and gained a pretty large territory there. After that I still had two unsettled groups but he didn't manage to attack either of them successfully and I was comfortably ahead.