Rahlstedter Tengen

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32nd Rahlstedter Tengen (8th/9th Nov 2014)… 7x SanRenSei/Cosmic Style (part 1 of 2)

I have played my 2nd tournament ever this weekend, where Germany celebrated 25th anniversary of Fall of Berlin wall and reunion of Germany on 9th November 1989.

The tournament Rahlstedter Tengen takes place in Germany’s second biggest city, in Hanseatic City Hamburg (with ca. 1.8 million inhabitants) and is organized by a Go club in the Eastern quarter Rahlstedt. It is counted as one of the biggest annually tournaments in Germany which takes place for more than 30 years, with 60-70 registrated players. For the 32nd edition have registrated 58 players (29 boards).

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The first day on Saturday, 8th November started with two groups at midday 12:00 pm…

A:  5-1 kyus/Dans and
B:  6kyus and lower

Over two days group A played 5 rounds (regular playtime 60 minutes plus progressive biyo-yomi (15 stones 1st 5 minutes, 20 stones 2nd 5 minutes and so on), group B played 7 rounds (regular playtime 45 minutes plus progressive biyo-yomi) with regularly Komi = 6.5:

Sat., 8th Nov
– Group A: 12:00 pm (round 1) – 03:00 pm (round 2) – 06:00 pm (round 3)
– Group B: 12:00 pm (round 1) – 02:00 pm (round 2) – 04:00 pm (round 3) – 06:00 pm (round 4)

Sun, 9th Nov
– Group A: 10:00 am (round 4) – 01:00 pm (round 5)
– Group B. 10:00 am (round 5) – 12:00 pm (round 6) – 02:00 pm (round 7)

… as some of you know me I went to the tournament with the target to play all 7 rounds, as white and as black with SanRenSei / Cosmic Style, by purpose and take it as a challenge. My perrsonal target: 4:3 (win:loss). Read on and you will see if I reached my personal goal.

On 1st day, at all it was 6.5 hours playtime and I went home with the result 2:2 . Here some snaps before the tournament started… and the three dojos waiting for 58 players.

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The boards are waiting… for the weekend 3 rooms in the Gymnasium Oldenfelde have been “our home”… felt like a Go Academy and remembered me little bit to school times 3 1/2 decades back:

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… two of my games I played on 1st day, one I won and one I lost.

1st win (round 1): w+11.5 (w: 68 points +komi), black: 63 points)

1st loss (round 2):  w+42.5 (w: 94 points +komi, black: 58 points)

The tournament ranking of group B after round 4…


… pls read on part 2 (2nd day / 9th Nov 2014)


32nd Rahlstedter Tengen (8th/9th Nov 2014)… 7x SanRenSei/Cosmic Style (part 2 of 2)

back to part 1 (1st day / 8th Nov 2014)


… with 2nd day (9th November 2014) here come my tournament results in details. Overall: 3:4 (win:loss)

… seems that I play better as white in my SanRenSei games. All wins I made I started with 2nd move. 🙂

8th Nov 20014… 2:2
round 1 (1st win against 15k): w+11.5 (white: 68+komi 6.5; black: 63)
round 2 (1st loss against 11k): w+34.5 (black: 58; white: 86+komi 6.5)
round 3 (2nd loss against 18k): w+8.5 (black: 76; white: 78+komi 6.5)
round 4 (2nd win against 18k): w+68.5 (white: +komi 6.5; black: )

9th Nov 20014… 1:2 
round 5 (3rd win against 16k): w+14.5 (white: 57+komi 6.5; black: 49)
round 6 (3rd loss against 14k): w+4.5 (black: 69; white: 73+reduced komi 0.5)
round 7 (4th loss against 20k*): b+15.5 (white: 62+reduced komi 0.5; black: 78 with 4 handi stones)

*) The tournamnt organizer set on 2nd day for my two last games reduced komi (from 6.5 to 0.5) and for my 7th game he even gave 4 handi stones to black. As the tournament counted only 37 players in Group B, so the refugee argumented, he had to make this decision. (Rec.: In my opinion it is a wrong decision to play tournmant games with handi stones. As it is documented in specific GO books about playing with or against handicap its a total different game and limits the player to realize his own strategy.)

Two more pics of my games I played on Sunday, 9th Nov 20014…

3rd win (round 5):  w+14.5 (white: 57+komi 6.5; black: 49)

This game was a diseasters for black after its Chinese fuseki with an old fashion extention of bottom left corner C4-E4 (which comes into fasion again so I see it here and there being played)… starting an attack inside white’ right side on P4-P5 ended deadly. Black was split on left side by purpose into two groups and didnt manage it there to create some living eyes (e.g. with F10)… interesting the seki on top side.
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3rd loss (round 6):  w+4.5 (black: 69; white: 73+reduced komi 0.5)

The most intersting game of the whole tournament and most joyful one. – I had a KO thread on N9 to cut white’s invasion which let me win the game easily. – But White didnt follow through all Ko threats… and connected too early.
Actually I do not count accurate during the game, as it takes all my concentration to focus on playing the strategy an Go techniques… still something to learn urgently.
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Many tks to all my opponents giving me the chance to play them and to progress in GO… tks to Lukka T., Lev Pak (6:1 overall). Manuel Sch. (5:2 overall), Quinten V., Quan L., Christian Sch. and Franziska S.

In my understanding its more than just fun to spend a whole weekend with intensive GO; tournament games with long playtimes set the right frame to demonstrate own skills after many hours of GO studies… its the ultimate proof of own strength, skills and weaknesses become visible…. still some homework to do. 🙂

… remembering, that I played KIDO Cup in June 2014 (my 1st tournament) with a very modest result of 1:6 and 15kyu rating (EGF) it seems that I progressed little bit over last 5 months. At all I play now 8.5 months Go and it needs patiency to climb up the “official tournament” ranking (EGF). – During the 32nd Rahlstedter Tengen I lost two games (6th and 7th) purely by own careless mistakes (and not by the strength of my opponents) so I have to work on playing more contiunuously stable, corner fights, bending (haengma) and counting.

CONGRATS TO THE WINNERS OVER ALL ! … and one more time a demonstration of Asian (over)dominance in the world of GO.

  • Group A (5-1kys + Dans): Ji Lu (4D)… 7:0 (2nd in 2013, 1st in 2012)
  • Group B (6 kyus and lower): Ling Xu (6k)… 7:0

prize giving ceremony for Group B (winner: Ling Xu (3rd from right).
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group photo with winners of Group A and B (Ji Lu, the winner of Group A in third row, middle):
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Tks to the organizers and refugees Patrick Brunner (5K) and Thomas Nohr (3D) … the Rahlstedter Go Club, the Hamburg Federal Go Association and tks to Steffi Hebsacker (4K) for organizing the chilrends tournament on Sunday morning (see next posting)

back to part 1 (1st day / 8th Nov 2014)

32nd Rahlstedter Tengen (8th/9th Nov 2014)… Childrens CUP

Steffi Hebsacker (4K) is co-owner/founder of a Go publisher company and one of Europe’s leading intern. sales distributer for Go equipment with her partner Tobias Berben (4D)… settled in Hanseatic City Hamburg (North Germany)
Warum uns Spielen so glücklich macht

Steffi’s personal mission in the Go world is to promote Go for Children education (e.g. using Hand puppets as sympathy figure or ground floor boards); on her own she is still an active tournament player having started with Go in 1988.
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Steffi organized an entry/cost free childrens tournament on Sunday morning, 9th November 2014 aside the 32nd Rahlstedter Tengen tournament… its always impressive and enjoyable to watch kidds playing GO; they have a very natural attitude for taking risks and playing emotionally.
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