Match Against Finland Drawn

Pandanet Go European Team Championship
Pandanet
Tue, 17 Dec 2019

In the fourth match of the season, our team (the same players as the previous match) managed a draw against Finland, after a late substitution of a weaker player by them.

Andrew Simons wrote: I won my game against Javier-Aleksi Savolainen by 7.5 points. He played even more slowly than me in the opening, so it was a nice sensible game: after some AI-style josekis he shoulder-hit my not-in-the-middle extension and rather than jumping out he cut off my wall below. As it had made some standard kikashi earlier, I managed to get it out in ok shape; we ran for a bit (I think he shouldn't have let me get j12), he capped my group, but then I went for a small local life/connection, which was locally a bit sad but ok given I'd got a big tenuki out of it, and still wasn't dead. He then used his cap to invade my right side, I got some handy kikashi and connected on top and built a wall, but he took all the territory. m12 seemed a nice point, aiming at miai of making an even huger top left and attacking/cutting his middle group, but AI says it was bad and too slack, the later threat wasn't actually real enough, but thankfully he played a not-sente peep, so I tenukied to grow the moyo. I was wondering if his 3-3 would be ko or killable, but instead he attached so I kept the corner eyes and then spent a move to kill off the aji and so was leading a bit going into the endgame. There was some excitement when I came back to connect the k7 peep (which he answered thickly at b4 to avoid me attacking his centre), I then didn't play n18 "double sente" kosumi because I thought he could ignore and my l5 was more sente; he took the kosumi so I broke into his lower side and he got a big sente monkey jump. There was further drama with a ko in the centre with neither of us wanting to submit, and I went for a trade of letting his dead top-left group live, at the time I thought it was a little smaller but in retrospect I maybe lost a few points, and then I didn't have enough ko threats for the last ko, but still had enough to win in the end.

Bruno Poltronieri wrote: I lost this game against Vesa Laatikainen. Things went down hill after my invasion on the top side. I think I had a chance but I was tempted at the last second by a massive ko. He ignored my first threat and White got both influence and territory, while I only got influence. I tried to attack a White group in the centre but I played slack and it lived with points. After that I didn’t quite realise how behind I was so I played a few more slow moves, which definitely killed off my chances.

Alex Kent wrote: I lost this game by resignation against Mikko Siukola. The start of the game went reasonably well and I think around move 75 my position was decent. In hindsight I should have played the forcing move at D10 earlier on as it would have had a significant effect on the desperate fight later on. Move 76 was a mistake - a result of me significantly overestimating the strength of my group on the bottom-right side. Said group nearly died, and perhaps it should have been sacrificed, because my opponent gained a lot of power here. From here on out my opponent played very strongly. I managed to create a bit of trouble and started a tricky fight. This would have gone a lot better for me if I had the aforementioned D10, in the game I died in a couple of places.

Jon Diamond wrote: An easy game for a change! This one against Johanna Tuominen. Also I was trying not to complicate, by not creating weak groups for a change too… Fairly quiet opening by both of us mapping out large moyos on each side, but my opponent had a few slightly weak floating stones which I pressed. They lived easily, but created more outside strength and turning much of my moyo into territory. We then emerged into a bit of fighting after we had both some stones in the middle without eyes, but both connected, however this helped destroy any additional potential for them. When I sealed off a couple of significant areas there was a clear win, however I lost a few stones accidentally which was probably the best part of 20 points, so making me a bit nervous. However my yose was better, so I ran out the winner by 37.5 points.

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