After Kido Cup 2016

I’ve been travelling a bit recently. Firstly, to give documents to the Russian Visa Center in Krakow while applying for visa to St.-Petersburg on the EGC (European Go Congress). I’m about to go there in Summer (Congress will last from 22nd July till 7th August 2016). Before the Congress, there will be also some short Go camp (19-21.07.2016) organised by Continue reading

1st ENN Cup World Weiqi Open Tournament

I’ve got an info today about this tournament and already decided to go 🙂

Tournament will take place in Beijing from 24th till 28th May 2016. In the ‘world group’ might play people from outside China, Korea, Japan and Taiwan. EGF (European Go Federation) and AGA (American Go Association) might put up to 12 players each. 8 people might play from the rest countries of the world. Knock-out system. For every match players get 2000 yuan each (about 267 euro). Who keeps on winning will play more. The winner of the ‘world group’ proceeds to the main tournament (to top64), where players from China, Korea, Japan and Taiwan will take part. In the main tournament just for playing and losing in the 1st round, players get 30000 yuan (about 4000 euro) each. For the 1st place in the main tournament there is a prize of 2200000 yuan (about 293260 euro). All prizes minus tax (20%).

Regulations of the 1st ENN Cup World Weiqi Open Tournament

How to count points and values of moves in the endgame?

Somebody asked me how I could count a value of a certain move in the endgame, so that the result was 8 and 19/48 points. I’ll try to explain.

There is a situation like on this diagram.rys. 1We look just at this what happens at the first line (from C1 to H1). We assume, that both groups (black and white) live certainly. In D1 black has 1 point. White has 0 points.

Another situation. How many points has each of players? rys. 2White has 0 points and has no chance to get any point. What about black? If black plays at E1rys. 1, he has 1 point. If black doesn’t play on the first line, but in the other place on the board, white might play at E1.rys. 3Black has 0 points now. We count an average.

(1+0)/2 = 1/2 Black has 1/2 point.

Different situation.rys. 5Black played at F1.rys. 4How much was worth this move?

After playing at F1 black has 2 points (at D1 and at E1). If black didn’t play there, but white played at F1.rys. 2We know from the previous situation, black would have 1/2 point. So, the F1 move was worth 2-1/2 = 1 and 1/2 points.

But how many points has black here?rys. 5We count an average again. (2+1/2)/2 = 1 and 1/4 points.

But how many points has black now and how much is worth G1 move?rys. 6If black played at G1, he’d have 3 points. If white played at G1, black’d have 1 and 1/4 points. So, the G1 move is worth 3 – 1 and 1/4 = 1 and 3/4 points. But without playing at G1, how many points has black? An average, so (3 + 1 and 1/4)/2 = 2 and 1/8 points.

But how it looks like, when there is a ko?

rys. 9Playing with black at E4 doesn’t make any sense, because white might connect and black doesn’t get anything on this exchange. White doesn’t have to connect, however. Assuming, that white wouldn’t connect, how much is worth playing at E4 by black? To get 1 point, black has to play first at E4, then capture the stone at E6 and then connect at E5. So, black needs 3 moves, to get 1 point, so the E4 move is worth 1/3 point.

But how many points has black right now?rys. 10Black has 1/3 point. After capturing white’s stone black will have 2/3 point. After connection at E5 black will have 1 point.

After Grand Slam in Berlin

I was there, I was fighting and I lost. 4th place – not good. I didn’t play well, opponents played better than me in semi-final and in the 3rd place match. I didn’t expect 2nd place last year (I thought it’d be worse), I didn’t expect 4th place this year (I thought it’d be better). But it has happened and can’t change it already. Results and match records are here:

Since 5th May there is a tournament in Amsterdam, but I don’t play. I’m already at home, a little pause and since tomorrow – trainings again. I won’t be solving just life & death problems (like last time, when I was at home), but I’ll try to improve by solving yose problems as well. On 14th May the tournament in Hamburg (Kido Cup) begins – a big tournament (as for Europe), nice prizes – I’m gonna go.

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 🙂