Tournament report Bochumer Bambus 2019 - In detail review of my games ¶
By: GoDave89 on Oct. 1, 2019, 11:56 a.m.
To celebrate my first ever EGF-tournament win last weekend, I decided to write a little report about it and share my games (as far as I could remember them correctly ^^), thoughts and feelings during that time.
I arrived in a good mental state, with the knowledge that last year in Bochum I managed to get a 4:1 result. That one loss was against this years 3rd round opponent - so more on that later! :)
My main focus of this tournament was time-management! I had noticed, that I tend to spend way too much time on early, smaller decisions, which often led to blunders under time trouble. So my goal was to spend less than 2 minutes on each move until the real important fights start! (Btw. the time settings were 1 hour main time and then Canadian Byo-Yomi 20stones in 5 minutes)
Note: I have that problem to have trouble with small decisions irl as well, so I see Go as a very good playground to improve and transfer that - it's working out great so far! :)
I also wanted to get up often from the goban (when it was my opponents turn to think) to calm myself down and refocus, especially in the second half of the game, where in the past I often messed up due to loss of focus.
Which brings me to Round 1 - A 10 year old 2d, who ended up using only 30 minutes of his time. I did not get too flustered by it I think, but it did give me less time to get up, so a couple of times I had to do that on my own turn.
move 21: After an attachment to his large knights enclosure, the game quickly turned into a wild fight, where I kept losing ground and after a few bad exchanges found myself in a really bad position. I had to calm myself down and decided to treat the situation like an online tygem game (who knows how many kids I've played there anyway), reminding myself that a lot of those games end in some sort of comeback.
The comeback worked! After a few blunders by my opponent (at this time he had only spend 13 minutes and for the first time stopped to think a bit more), the game turned really good for me and even though I was already in byo-yomi by then (because I had spend so much time trying to figure out how not to die horribly) I managed to remain cool and calmly steered the game towards a win.
Here is the game: [goban][/goban]
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