Something weird

I came back to Beijing and weird things started to happen. I had 13 wins, straight. On Saturday morning, one guy was watching my games. In the afternoon he told me, that his colleague would like to play with me (on Sunday). So, we played. I think that guy is some pro (this one, whom I’ve been playing with), but I’m not sure. But he’s already an older man, maybe 45-50 years old. I managed to win, we had been playing for money and I’ve got from him 100 yuan 🙂 In the evening I played again these fast games at school and managed to win both 🙂

On Monday I’ve been playing already to the school league. They put me into the 8th league. I managed to win both matches. Today in the morning this nice run has finished for me, because I lost. I played with one guy, I have already something like 0:10 against him. Can’t beat him, even though he has similar level to me (we play in similar leagues whole the time). Because of my departure tomorrow morning, I was playing two more matches (one in the afternoon and one in the evening), managed to win both. Others have still a match to play tomorrow morning, but I have for sure 2nd place and should move to the 7th league, but it doesn’t really matter for me anymore. Now – Berlin. Target – win against everyone and get 10000 euro + promotion to a couple of tournaments in Asia (at least one, but I won’t write which one, yet).

Last Saturday at school

Hello! It was nice today. We had again a team tournament. Matches were played with time 10min+3x30s byo-yomi. Unfortunately, my team didn’t win. But I had 3:0. Results are here:

Two weeks ago on Friday at 23:50, when I was about to go to sleep, I’ve noticed that something is happening behind the window. They’ve started to do something with that mess. Probably they begin to build something.

1 I wanted to take a photo of a crane and workers, but didn’t manage to take a good one.

So, from that time, I think, they do something every day there. Before I leave, if I won’t forget, I’ll take a photo and drop (together with one more), to be able to see how much they’ve done since then. By the way, on some Saturday I went to the shop. Whole the pavement was dug up. A week later I went the same way to the same shop. Whole the pavement built. ?!

Friday at school

I landed in Beijing and went by subway to the ‘Chengshousi’ station, then just 20 minutes on foot and I was in the flat. In the big cities in China it’s not so difficult to go by subway. There are no big problems with finding specific stations, because there are some plates with station names in Chinese and also Chinese, but with English letters. Taxis are cheaper, than in Poland. But in my opinion it doesn’t make sense to travel by taxi. It’s cheaper to travel by subway and additionally it’s also faster, because of no traffic jams. Cost of subway ticket from the station I departed to the airport was 30 yuan (about 4,10 euro). In Shanghai I went by subway from the station by the hotel to the airport for 5 yuan.

I went to the school today, but it was a bit empty. A lot of students went to some tournament and in my school there were jest 4 leagues being played. Weaker players (further leagues) were playing in the other building (‘kindergarten’). I haven’t been playing to the school league, but this week these leagues were arranged in some uncommon way, so they made me play 2 matches with normal time settings (1h+3x20s byo-yomi). I managed to win both matches. In the lunch break I had been playing some blitz games (10s per move). I managed to win 3 times. I feel a bit better, even though I’ve been playing all 5 matches with theoretically a bit weaker opponents.

At the Ing Cup I didn’t take a cell phone to the match, so I haven’t taken any photos at the tournament’s room. Why I didn’t take? Because I was afraid, that if I won, according to the won of AlphaGo against Lee Sedol, they could accuse me of some cheating.

I’ve got a few more photos from Shanghai, that I haven’t put here so far:


DSC_0001 Poster from the tournament

DSC_0003 Ing’s mansion

DSC_0008 Participants

DSC_0013 Conference room close to the playing venue

DSC_0015 Tournament’s ladder

DSC_0016 UFO

After tournament

I lost, there was no surprise. I have no excuse, opponent played better than me.

I shouldn’t have played that ko at the beginning. I knew, that opponent will not answer on my threat, but I made a mistake in evaluating the situation. I thought, it’d be ok for me, but it wasn’t.

Ing Cup 2016, 1st round, Wang Yuan-Jun – Mateusz Surma

Opening of the Ing Cup 2016

There was an opening ceremony, there was a lot of food (it was good) and we were drawing opponents. I didn’t have much choice in drawing, because I was coming to the table as the last one to choose the number. I had no. 25, I play tomorrow against Wang Yuan-Jun 7p from Taiwan. At the opening ceremony, they seated players from Europe to the same table with Koreans. Na Hyun 6p (fellow from the school from Korea) told me, that my opponent is currently no. 1 in Taiwan. But I need to beat him and that’s it.
The match begins tomorrow at 9:30 am. Time settings are a bit weird, because every player has 3 hours of basic time and 2 times 20 minutes of additional time, but each additional begun 20 minutes costs 2 points. If the 3 hours and 40 minutes is over, you lose. At the opening I’ve got to know something more about the prizes. They are as below (sums in American dollars, but 20% tax):
losers in 1/16 of the final: 1000
losers in 1/8 of the final: 5000
losers in 1/4 of the final: 15000
losers in 1/2 of the final: 25000
2nd place: 100000
1st place: 400000
The prizes aren’t that big as I first thought, but they are not small.

With patent leather shoes in Shanghai

Hey! I arrived. Managed to find the address and the hotel and wow… the hotel. By the entrance there is a plate with five stars.DSC_0040

I entered, going to the reception desk. I said, that I came for a Go tournament. I gave them a passport and they gave me Go stones. Ok…, but later they gave me also a room key and gave the passport back. I arrived at the 12th floor, entering the room.
Me, Mateusz from Dzimierz (it’s a village, where live less than 500 people), who is whole the time trying not to spend away much money, in such a room, for free 🙂

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I read, that the gathering time is tomorrow at 10:00 am. Ok, but what to do upon that time? I’m somewhere in the centre of Shanghai, so I’m going to walk around. But the phone is ringing and someone is asking, if I got the Go board. I said, that just stones. A while later someone brought the board.
I came here in a suit, because I took just a carry-on luggage with me and didn’t have much space inside. But it’s necessary to play in the suit. So, I changed my clothes. But, there is one thing. I didn’t take some normal shoes with me. Just patent leather shoes, ho-hum.


I had been walking for over 3 hours in rather fast pace (to have later more time for laying in the hotel). Sounds weird, but finally I’ll sleep in the bed 🙂
I’ve taken a few photos, to not hear grumble of my mum, that I don’t take any 🙂

DSC_0023 DSC_0021 DSC_0027 DSC_0028 DSC_0031 DSC_0032 DSC_0039 DSC_0037 DSC_0036 The last photo is probably the most interesting of all of these, because this is how the police station looks like in China – camper 🙂

Weekend at school

It’s post, which I’ve written yesterday, but couldn’t send, because of no internet connection.

We’ve been playing again blitz games to the team tournament yesterday. I had 2:1, but my team lost. I had 0:3 today (also blitz games, but for nothing).
There is studying at this school for about two weeks one Korean. Nice, because it’s possible to speak with someone more normally. I had a weird situation yesterday. Chinese words were going into my head instead of Korean words. So far, it was completely different. When I tried to speak with Chinese, the Korean words were in my head. So, I don’t really know, if to be happy or not. From one side it’s nice, because my Chinese is better. From the other side it’s worse, because my Korean is worse.
Anyway, I’ve got to know, that they have changed yeonguseng leagues again. These are leagues for the best Korean amateurs, who would like to become pros. By the way, it’s not so easy to get even into the last league, because the weakest yeonguseng are about 7 dan (in Europe). In 2010 there were 10 leagues, 12 people in each league. Round-robin system. The best ones were going up, the worst ones were going down. Girls were playing in different leagues. In 2013 (when I was yeonguseng), there were 5 leagues. 32 players in each league. Girls and boys were playing in the same tournament (if I wrote ‘playing together’ I guess you’d misunderstand). But couldn’t play less than 24 girls. So, almost whole the 5th league were girls. But the system was a bit different – it was possible to play with someone from the different league. Someone, who was in the 5th league had 0 points at the start. Someone, who was in the 4th had 1 point. Someone, who was in the 1st had 4 points. There was 10 rounds. So, even in 5th round someone from the 5th league could play against someone from the 1st. After every 10 rounds, new leagues were being made (for the next tournament), according to the final results of the tournament.
There are 6 leagues right now. In top three there is 12 people in each league. In the next three – 32 in each league. Girls play separately. System remained, so 10 rounds and these points at the start for the league.

School league 13-15.04.2016

I don’t play well recently. I had 1:1 yesterday. I’ve been playing today in the morning, but again byo-yomi took me the victory away (yesterday too, by the way, but today much stronger). It’s evidently my worst part of the game. And I have no idea how to fix it. Match easily won. We had been playing ko for the corner, but I had much more threats. I played a threat, opponent responded and … I captured the wrong ko. F…

Because of that loss, I’m only 3rd in 9th league. In the afternoon I haven’t played to the school league (there was no opponent), but they told me to play against one guy from the 5th league. I won (even pretty calmly), I managed to kill some of the opponent’s groups BEFORE I was out of basic time. Obviously I don’t know how it would finish, if I had less time.


Results of the leagues are here:

Yesterday’s problems were also nice. I have never been counting up to 1/48 of point, so far. My record was 1/12, but while playing a match: 1/6.

DSC_0003 I managed to count just 5 problems. I had one wrong. In another one I didn’t write, it depends of threats, so also wrong. I had 3 correct. I didn’t have enough time to count more.

School league 11-13.04.2016

Today in the morning I was about to play the last match in this 10th league, but my opponent didn’t come (he had 0:4, maybe got upset). Instead, I played with teacher. I lost. He was still better than me, but maybe soon…
I finished the league on 2nd place and went up. Results of the league 11-13.04 are here:
In the afternoon I’ve been already playing to the 9th league. I managed to win.
Today in the evening we had a bit different class than usual. I mean, there was no reviews of our games, but they put us from two classrooms (5 leagues – totally 30 people) into one. Some pro had come to that big magnetic board and told us to ask him. So, we had been asking for over 2 hours about some openings and he was responding somehow. It was some variety. That pro’s name was Wang Haoyang.

I’m already waiting for that tournament in Shanghai. I’ve got a ticket, though there were some problems with buying it. I go on 18th. Opening ceremony is on 19th. 1st round – top32 is on 20th (I hope it’s not going to be the last round for me). I have a return ticket on 21st. They told me to buy, because they probably think white man has no chance to win. I’ll just say: I’ll do my best to win, even if I’d be taken to the hospital after the match. On 22nd is 2nd round – top16. On 24th is 3rd round – top8. Next rounds will be in different place in a couple of months.

School league after the tournament

Hey! After that terrible result at the tournament they put me into 10th league. I have never been playing at this school so low.
I had 2:0 yesterday. And in the morning I gave back the paper with problems after half an hour and … I had all correct (24 on 24). I have never had all correct so far. But these problems were much easier comparing to problems I had been solving in the higher classes.
Today unfortunately 1:1. Again loss by 0,5 point 🙁 And again I screwed up in the endgame. I should have connected ko for 2 points instead of taking 1 point, but I didn’t notice, that opponent had more threats (again that annoying byo-yomi). But I had again 24 on 24 from problems. We had such a test today:

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