American Go E-Journal

Member’s Edition: Michael Redmond 9P on 13×13 Pro Prelim

Tuesday July 12, 2016

At the end of May, Michael Redmond 9p played these four games in the pro prelim of a 13×13 tournament sponsored by crowdfunding. If you think 13×13 games aren’t interesting, think again. Even with these very top level players, the fireworks start early and often.

Michael gives the following incredible background for the tournament and his playing strategy: “All of these were played on the same day on the internet site cyberoro, or Yugen no Ma in Japanese, on May 31. They had been saying that there was not enough funding for a pro prelim, but then this was suddenly scheduled just a few days in advance. I was giving a lesson on that day, so I ended up playing in front of my class, and they were sort of looking over my shoulder and playing out the moves on a board behind me. Since they were waiting for the lesson, I decided that I could do without the overtime periods, and that playing quickly would put pressure on my opponents too, especially when they didn’t know my reason. It turned out that the strategy was fairly successful for the first 3 games, at least.

Michael adds, “I think I actually used some of my overtimes in the 1st and Final rounds, but it’s not included in the record and I don’t have a clear memory. I did play most of my moves in just a few seconds, when I would normally be using most of the 30 second byoyomi.

See the Nihon ki-in English page for overall results.

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