*The 6th Nanning International Weiqi Tournament*

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Annually, beside the Korea Prime Minister Cup, there is another one important International Tournament to mention; that is the Nanning, Guangxi Weiqi Tournament.

It was dated back since the year 2007, when Xinwen first participated the Nanning, Guangxi Weiqi  Tournament as player alone. Xinwen who had witnessed the great potential of bringing the Go level up to new heights in Nanning, thus it was made Brunei compulsory to particiapte the Nanning, Guangxi Weiqi Tournament from 2007 to 2010.

This year 2010, Brunei had sent: Xinwen, Mah Zhe Fan (1-dan), Sung Hui Yee (5-kyu) and Tan Sim Lian (Hui’s Yee Mother).

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*Arrival to Nanning, Guangxi*

Hui Yee, her mum and Zhe Fan
Hui Yee, her mum and Zhe Fan

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Journey to Nanning from Brunei was wearing [no direct flight until 2011]; From Brunei taking flight to Hong Kong for about 3hours then a tiring transit after 5 hours from Hong Kong to Nanning. Furthermore, the Brunei team would then taken a 1 hour coach from the airport to a allocated hotel followed by a taxi to the destination hotel.

广西南宁明园新都酒店 [http://www.nn-myxd.com/], a 5 star hotel is the venue where the tournament will be hosted; with elegant marble column, lovely working staff, considerably cheap in-hotel restaurant and free internet access for hotel users!

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*The event*

The venue room
The venue room

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There are 17 teams participated in the event:- Brunei, Cambodia, Netherlands, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, USA Los Angeles, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Macao, Taipei, Gaoxiong and Nanning.

The representative players ranging from 5-kyu to 7-dan; Chinese Rules, 7.5 komi and absolute 90 minutes is the standard tournament system of Nanning, Guangxi Weiqi Tournament.

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*The First Round*

Zhe Fan (1-dan) vs Edwin Halim (2-dan)
Zhe Fan (1-dan) vs Edwin Halim (2-dan)
The player
The event
Wynes vs
Wynes 2-dan vs Haneyadeth Chanhthabounxay
Tiong Kee Soon vs Tang Chan Fai
Tiong Kee Soon 3-dan vs Tang Chan Fai
Sung Hui Yee 5-kyu vs Yan ZhongTai 6-dan
Sung Hui Yee 5-kyu vs Yan ZhongTai 6-dan

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The first day will have 2 rounds from 9am~12pm (First Round), followed by 3pm to 6pm (Second Round), then a opening banquet at 7pm. The best part of the event is also to meet with International Friends from Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia.

First Round Pairings of Brunei Team:-

Mah Zhe Fan (Black) – Wicky Sugiharta, Indonesia (White)
Sung Hui Yee (Black) – Yan Zhongtai, 严仲泰, USA Los Angeles (white)

/The Booklet had mistaken Zhe Fan’s rank because Xinwen registered 1-dan but the book shown 3-dan/

Zhe Fan who had played his signature had done well from Fuseki to Middle game however hitting breathless situation in killing each other but Zhe Fan had wrongly played result in losing his dragon.

On the other hand, Mr. Yan (6-dan) was considerably giving a teaching game to Hui Yee.

While others from Malaysia, Mr.Tiong lost when he had a sweaty battle against a Macao Player and Wynes slaughtered a Laos Player.

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* The Second Round*

Venue Hall
Venue Hall
Sung Hui Yee vs Wicky Sagaharta (2-dan)
Sung Hui Yee vs Wicky Sagaharta (2-dan)
Harry van der Krogt
Harry van der Krogt 2-dan vs Mah Zhe Fan
Gao YunMao vs Mr.Tiong
Gao YunMao vs Mr.Tiong
Li Hao Hai, 黎浩海 (4-dan) vs Wynes Leong
Li Hao Hai, 黎浩海 (4-dan) vs Wynes Leong
Wicky Sugaharta vs Tang Chan Fai 4-dam
Wicky Sugaharta vs Tang Chan Fai 4-dam

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After many hours of lunch break, the second round then started sharp at 15 00. The pairings of third round as followed :-

Mah Zhe Fan (White) – Harry van der Krogt, Netherlands (Black)
Sung Hui Yee (White) – Edwin Halim, Indonesia (Black)

While Mr. Tiong played another intense battle against a strong USA player. Then Wynes Leong had incredible fight with Chinese player but didn’t out-smart the opponent.

In conjunction with the event, the other leaders were invited to play in “Friendly Meijin Match” at the 1st floor.

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*Land oriented vs influence*

Diagram 1 (1~25)
Diagram 1 (1~25)
Diagram 2 (26~44)
Diagram 2 (26~44)

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[Diagram 1 (1~25)] This was the first time Netherlands had participated the tournament. The fuseki looks normal until the extra move at 25.

[Diagram 2 (26~44)] Followed by that Zhe Fan was a bit outdone with the punishment at move 26 but despite of that, Mr.Harry had made his major mistake from 29 to 41, at which he chose to crawl the second line – basically admitting losses of the game. Lastly the critical move 42 exchanged with 43 and White ended happily gote at 44. Big success in Fuseki for White!

However, Zhe Fan actually won this game at close called.

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Review Game
Review Game

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Diagram 1 (1~18)
Diagram 1 (1~18)
Diagram 2 (18~29)
Diagram 2 (18~29)
Diagram 3 (31~32)
Diagram 3 (31~32)

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A strong amateur Chinese Player came and gave a review game for Hui Yee.

[Diagram 1 (1~18)], White 14 the first mistake, should have just captured the stone at 16 so that Black would not provide additional move at 15.

[Diagram 2 (18~29)], normal layout until Black 29, indicated that the Black wanted influence.

[Diagram 3 (30~32)], White 30 extended 2 spaces was correct, Black 31, White 32 should have hane and exchanged a and b before 32.

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Diagram 4 (32~ 44)
Diagram 4 (32~ 44)
Variation 1
Variation 1
Diagram 5 (45~59)
Diagram 5 (45~59)

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[Diagram 4 (32~ 44)] Black hane at 33 exchanged until 35, were very big success for black. White 36 should have jumped at 37 first, escape first would be easier. White 40 correct sabaki and White 40 should have continued to extend at A to give support attacking the 2 black stones.

[Variation 1], in real game White played 36 which was not recommended due to the fact Black can B pressed. Thus White 36 could have been played A to target the kill at B next. Playing at 36 would have lesser strength to take the black stone.

[Diagram 5 (45~59)] Black 45 cut was obvious, then White 48 missed an opportunity to continue thrusting through 49. White 58 was wrong move, “correct move is always next to it”, thus, 58 should have been played at 59 (tesuji) to escape.

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Diagram 6 (60~61)
Diagram 6 (60~61)

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[Diagram 6 (60~61)]; Lastly, White 60 then 61 but missed the ladder break tesuji at A. Black would be forced to play B then the ladder works.

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* Glamorous Banquet*

Welcoming Feast
Welcoming Feast
Ultimate Rengo
Ultimate Rengo

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The banquet for welcoming all representatives, staffs and leaders from all over the world was impressive. Not only the Weiqi related people attended but the Chinese Chess related people as well enjoyed the feast, reason of that this year also the 2nd Invitational Xiang Qi Tournament.

However it was surprised that Brunei did send participants to Nanning for Chinese Chess last year[2009] but unfortunately not this year [2010].

While enjoying the performance on the stage, there came a small entertainment for the representatives players to move on the board one by one as Black [South East Asians] and White [Others], considerably “Rengo-for-many“.

An Honorary guest, Miyamoto Naomichi (宮本直毅) was welcomed to the event and gave a short speech, “… it was great pleasure witnessing the level has improved…”

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*Result of First Day*

3rd Round Pairings
3rd Round Pairings