British Go Journal No. 56. June 1982. Page 18.
Report: Ian Meiklejohn
Game comments: M Macfadyen
This year's Easter tournament in Paris proved easy pickings for Dutch ex-wunderkind Ronald Schlemper. Showing the benefit of his recent spell in Japan, where he was on the verge of being promoted to professional shodan, Schlemper coasted to six wins, including victories over Korean 5 dan K. Lim, Terry Stacey and Jim Barty.
Mr. Lim has been living in Paris for many years, and most of the best French players have been taught by him. This was, however, the first time he had played in a tournament in Europe. He lost to Ronald, and then to local man Andr Moussa, who finished second with 5/6. Third and fourth were Lim and Terry, both with 4/6.
The shodan section was won by Levy (France) with 7/7, second was Dutchman Puyt on 6, whilst among those on 5/7 were Ian Meiklejohn (1 dan) and Dave Walker 2 kyu). The slightly chaotic French organisation is illustrated by the fact that Ian not only benefited from one of the defaults that were going, but that he also had to give another shodan a two stone handicap at one stage.
Best quotes from the tournament ... "What do you know about this game?" 12 kyu to passing kibitzer - who turned out to be Schlemper) ... "I got a bit desperate so started a five step ko " (Alastair Wall)
Here is a game from the tournament - comments are by M. Macfadyen.
One of the marks of a strong player is the ability to recognise a won position when you have one, and to play in such a way as to give your opponent no chance to come back. Honinbo Shusaku is supposed to have been able to play for a safe win from the first move when he had black. Lesser mortals need larger margins or points nearer the end of the game. This game from the Paris congress had to be won three times. Richard Granville had black against Mr. Huang.
Black: Richard Granville
White: Mr Huang
The game-file in SGF format.
Figure 1 (1-45) |
Figure 2 (46-103) |
The record stops at 103. Black seems to have finished winning the game for the second time, but he apparently let White kill part of the group in the lower left, and needed to do it again - this time by killing the five stone group in the upper left corner. Some opponents are less generous than this, and you have to make do with being given only one chance to win.