Posts Tagged ‘Weiqi’

No preparation whatsoever, except for occassional quick matches on KGS. And that’s for playing solo, instead of pairing with Suzanne. And of course, Visa preparation. I had just collected mine from China Embassy, Bank of China at Jalan Ampang. They had relocated to a new floor some time last year, and it was spacious with plenty of counters. Visa application was very smooth and easy without the long queue. ūüôā Great.

Regarding Go, luckily I’m quite familiar with Suzz’s style and she’s probably familiar with mine too. Everything may not mean much however, with there being plenty of professional pairs in the tournament. 8 professional pairs and 8 amateur pair from various regions, to be exact. If I could choose our opponent, I hope to play against Korean pair Lee Min Jin (5p) and Jin Seuk Mok (9p). Playing against Umezawa Yukari (5p) and Takao Shinji (9p) would be fun too. I could finally fulfill the old dream of meeting Umezawa Yukari since she first appeared in Hikaru No Go. ūüôā

The website for the tournament is here.

Just a note to future tournament organizers. Hey, I have plenty of better looking cheerful pictures !!!


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Glad to mention that Malaysia will be participating in Pair Go World Cup 2010 in Hangzhou, China after finishing second in Asia selection held yesterday. Suzanne and I, as the Malaysian pair completed four matches yesterday with 3 wins against Indonesia, Phillippines and Vietnam and a loss against Singapore Team 1. The tournament was actually held online on IGS as there was not enough time to organize it in the meat-world.

It was my first time playing Pair Go, and it was a great experience. I normally am very reserved in my game, prefer strategic to tactical fight. But Suzz was the complete opposite, and it seemed our combined style yesterday followed her more. We kept asking for fight when we were already leading against the Indonesian, and we put ourselves in great danger against the Vietnamese pair. I almost wanted to resign, until we managed to counter-attack with a squeezing sequence. Luck maybe, because I didn’t see it at all when reading 5 moves before.

Overall, it was an enlightening experience for me. I cant remember the last time I had intense fighting in my games. I normally wait for overwhelming advantage before I initiate a fight. With Suzz aggressiveness however, there was no wait and warming up before fighting. Haha … ūüôā

After the selection round, the next stage will be held in Hangzhou in March 21-23 where 8 professional pairs and 8 additional pairs from various geographical regions will compete. I’ve never been to Hangzhou, so quite looking forward to this. Hopefully we could do well there.

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Malay Go Blog

Few weeks back, Malaysia Weiqi Association (MWA) held its AGM. I could not attend, but I was made understood that I was elected as Exco member, and tasked with creating teaching materials in Malay.

I was planning to take my time, but then Alex had already begun doing his work as tournament director with Team Study Game, and League tournament. Whereas Hock Doong had already come out with his syllabus. So I thought I should do something too. ūüôā

Not having much time for dedicated work, I set up a blog so that I could write little by little until my work is complete.

Please visit Mendalami Permainan Igo

If you notice, I bought an internet domain! It’s not solely for that Malay Go blog, that would be overkill. I just felt like having one. Impulse buying, what else. ūüôā I have several vague ideas of what to do with it, although everything is being discouraged by the fact that I need to do my thesis proposal first. Ultimately I want to be an Internet or technology entrepeneur, so having an internet domain and playing around with it seems like a logical first step.

Anyway, my attempt at downloading ProText using corporate bandwidth had failed. It was a superbig executable with estimated download time reaching 2 hours. Probably it’s against policy, but I need LaTeX. I just learned it has Go package along with Shogi, Chinese Chess, Chess packages to create high-quality diagrams. LaTeX has steep learning curve, but it’s necessary for anyone who aspires to be budget self-publisher.

I seriously need more than 24 hours in a day.

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Will I improve?

I am scared. Is this the furthest I could go with my Go? My results in international tournaments have been extremely bad. Within Malaysia, it’s still OK, but new young players are rising rapidly and I am¬†beginning to lose every few games to Alex, Suzanne and Ming Sui.

Boon Ping is still as far ahead as ever, distancing more each passing day. I am starting to think that there are two versions of him, “normal” Boon Ping and “tournament” Boon Ping. And it’s the tournament version that is so far ahead, and so hard to¬†surpass ūüė¶

Is it my style? Too calm and unaggressive?

Is it the pure lack of technical knowledge? Or is it my fighting spirit, that I am afraid to give all in tournament so that I would not risk knowing my limit?

Or lack of experience in real-life games?

I dont know.¬†There are just too many variables. Perhaps all of them, perhaps I’m just affected by work and studies and a little time management would solve everything.

I remember vividly of Mr. Chow’s advice during Korat SEA Games after my three defeats in a row,¬†that I should not want to win too much . Well, I tried it and got two wins the next day, and a 0.5 points loss against Zhang Xiang of Singapore. That’s probably my best performance ever. That however confused me even more. Where exactly is the boundary separating wanting to win, and wanting to win so much?

I am inclined to believe that the answer is in super-improving my reading capability … who cares about feeling, spirit and stuff-like-that.¬† If I can outread my opponents, I will win.

Yea, I think that is the best thing to do. Train, train and train my reading ability. 2009 is going to be a very busy year.

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My sister commented that all Go pictures look the same; two people facing each other with a board in the middle. I guess she thinks Go is very boring. Haha, what to do, this is all action there is to Go. Except for those who understands the board, of course !

Malaysia-Singapore-Thailand Friendship Tournament concluded yesterday, with the result as follow:


Team Event:

Chamipon          : Singapore Team
1st Runner Up   : Malaysia Team
2nd Runner Up  : Thailand Team

Individual Event:

Chamipon         : Feng Cheng Cheng (Singapore)
1st Runner Up  : Teng  Boon Ping (Malaysia)
2nd Runner Up : Patchara Pongcharoenkul (Thailand)

And .. I got 6th place ! Arghh .. !! I started the tournament well by winning all three games on the first day, but I lost both games on the final day, first to Feng Cheng Cheng by 6.5 moku, and to Patchara by resignation. I am not going too give any excuses for my losses, except that

  1. I was too tired from previous working and exam
  2. Have not had time to practice since Streamyx broadband too slow
  3. Worrying about preparation to celebrate Hari Raya, as I promised my parents to paint the house front
  4. My last opponent, Patchara played Tengen as opening, effectively putting me in “KGS Blitz mode” and making me overplay a lot !

Yeah… I am not gonna give any excuses ūüôā

Anyway I apologize to Singaporean and Thailand(er?) friends as I had to leave so abruptly. I really needed to paint house. Well, if anything I guess I achieved the true meaning of the tournament, strengthen relationship with Singaporean and Thailand players.


Chee Hiong (Singapore) vs Boon Ping (Malaysia)


Me vs Feng Cheng Cheng (Singapore)


James Lee (Singapore) vs Suzanne (Malaysia)

More pictures are available on Malaysia Weiqi website.

… I need to rethink my Go studies strategy. Excuses are not going to bring result !

Full Result table:

Date : 5 – 7 Dec 2008
Venue: OCM Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
Organizer: Malaysia Weiqi Association
Tournamet system: 5 round swiss system, 60min, 6.5 komi

Pl Name Rank Co NbW R 1 R 2 R 3 R 4 R 5
1 Feng Cheng cheng 5D SG 5 20+b0 3+w0 7+b0 6+w0 2+w0
2 Teng Boon ping 4D MY 4 13+b0 16+w0 4+w0 9+w0 1-b0
3 Patchara Pongcharoenkul 1K TH 4 17+w0 1-b0 10+w0 14+w0 6+b0
4 Alvin ng Yong han 3D SG 4 24+b0 15+w0 2-b0 7+w0 17+b0
5 Jeremy pang Jian zhong 1D SG 4 7-b0 24+w0 15+b0 13+w0 8+w0
6 Mohd Zaid 4D MY 3 11+b0 10+b0 9+w0 1-b0 3-w0
7 Alex chan Hong guan 2D MY 3 5+w0 14+b0 1-w0 4-b0 15+b0
8 Suzanne Low 2D MY 3 18+w0 9-b0 11+b0 12+w0 5-b0
9 Chuah Chee hiong 3D SG 3 19+w0 8+w0 6-b0 2-b0 22+b0
10 Sutja Chaipibal 1D TH 3 21+b0 6-w0 3-b0 18+w0 14+b0
11 Don Vongyara 1D TH 3 6-w0 19+b0 8-w0 21+w0 16+b0
12 James Lee 2D SG 3 16-b0 23+w0 20+w0 8-b0 13+b0
13 Kwa Jie hui 2D SG 2 2-w0 22+b0 17+w0 5-b0 12-w0
14 Pooh Chuan ling 2D SG 2 23+b0 7-w0 16+w0 3-b0 10-w0
15 Yeoh Sioh tian 2D SG 2 22+b0 4-b0 5-w0 20+b0 7-w0
16 Lim Ming sui 1D MY 2 12+w0 2-b0 14-b0 22+w0 11-w0
17 Koh Song sang 1D MY 2 3-b0 21+w0 13-b0 23+w0 4-w0
18 Cindy Lim 1K SG 2 8-b0 20-w0 24+b0 10-b0 21+w0
19 Ho Hock dong 1D MY 2 9-b0 11-w0 21-b0 24+w0 20+b0
20 Jimmy cheng Khai yong 2D MY 1 1-w0 18+b0 12-b0 15-w0 19-w0
21 Philip cher Wei ching 2D MY 1 10-w0 17-b0 19+w0 11-b0 18-b0
22 Santirak Wongkaew 1D TH 1 15-w0 13-w0 23+b0 16-b0 9-w0
23 Lim Shu wen 1K MY 1 14-w0 12-b0 22-w0 17-b0 24+b0
24 Chin Shuenn chyn 1D MY 0 4-w0 5-b0 18-w0 19-b0 23-w0

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Malaysia Flag   Singapore Flag   Thailand Flag

Date     :  5 Р8 Dec 2008

Venue  :  OCM Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
              Jalan Hang Jebat, 50150 Kuala Lumpur (opposite Stadium Negara)
              Tel: 03-2078 7888

Organized by : Malaysia Weiqi Association


Judges :

  • ¬†Yang Jin Hua (6p),¬† Kang Zhan Bin (6p)


  • ¬†Teng Boon Ping (4d)
  • ¬†Mohd Zaid (4d)
  • ¬†Alex Chan Hoong Guan (2d)
  • ¬†Suzanne (2d)
  • ¬†Jimmy Cheng Khai Yong (2d)
  • ¬†Koh Song Sang (1d)
  • ¬†Lim Ming Sui (1d)
  • ¬†Philip Cher Wei Ching (2d)
  • ¬†Ho Hock Dong (1d)
  • ¬†Lim Shu Wen (1k)
  • ¬†Chin Shuenn Chin (Reserve)


  • ¬†Oh Peng Aik – Team leader
  • ¬†Feng Cheng Cheng (5d)
  • ¬†Alvin Ng Yong Han (3d)
  • ¬†Chuah Chee Hiong (3d)
  • ¬†Yeoh Sioh Tian (2d)
  • ¬†Pooh Chuan Ling¬†(2d)
  • ¬†James Lee (2d)
  • ¬†Jeremy Pang Jian Zhong (1d)
  • ¬†Cindy Lim (1kyu)


  • ¬†Mr. Sutja Chaipibal¬† (1d)
  • ¬†Mr. Santirak Wongkaew (1d)
  • ¬†Mr. Don Vongyara¬†(1d)
  • ¬†Mr. Patchara Pongcharoenkul¬† (1kyu)


Tournament System:
  • ¬†5 rounds swiss system (tie-breaker: SOS, SOSOS)
  • ¬†Competition rules will be conducted in accordance with the Japanese Go Rules:-
    ¬†¬†¬†¬† –¬† All games to be played on even, with Black giving a 6.5 point komi¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†
         РTime allowance of 60 minutes per player.
  • ¬†The tournamet will have individual and Team Event (by country)
  • ¬†Sum of top three player’s ranking from each country will form the Team’s result.
    ¬†¬†¬†¬† – Tie-breaker using team’s best player result

5 Dec (Friday) – Arrival & Check-in

6 Dec (Saturday)
9:00am¬† –¬† 9:30am¬†¬†¬† : ¬† Opening Ceremony
9:30am¬† –¬† 11:30am¬† :¬†¬† Round One
12:00n¬†¬†–¬† 1:00pm¬†¬†¬† :¬†¬† Lunch at OCM hotel
1:00pm¬† –¬† 3:00pm¬†¬† :¬†¬† Round Two
3:00pm¬† –¬† 5:00pm¬†¬† :¬†¬† Round Three
6:00pm                   :  Dinner @ China Town

7 Dec (Sunday)
9:00am¬†¬†¬† –¬† 11:00am¬† :¬† Round Four
11:00am¬† –¬†¬†1:00pm¬†¬†¬† :¬† Round Five
1:00pm¬†¬†¬†–¬†¬† 1:30pm¬†¬†¬† :¬† Lunch at OCM hotel
1:30pm¬†¬† –¬† ¬†2:30pm¬†¬†¬† :¬† Teaching games
2:30pm¬†¬† –¬† ¬†3:00pm¬†¬†¬† :¬† Closing Ceremony
3:00pm                      :  Excursion (Genting Highland)

8 Dec (Monday) – Check-out

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Xinwen Goes Online

Xinwen, amateur 2-dan¬†has decided to blog. Yea, more Go stuff to read. ūüôā

fellow readers are welcomed to know the go lifestyle of Xinwen and/or fellow go players may allow to learn from Xinwen’s games of go.

Moreover, this wordpress also would provide information regarding Go issues around the world, pictures of any Go activities at which Xinwen may happens to confront.

Checkout Xinwen’s Baduk Life

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