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- Real name Philip Vlummens
- Belgian go player born in 1984. Started playing go in 2010 at the local go club, just after finishing medical school.
- Officially reached the SDK level in 2013 after the Amsterdam Tournament.
- Online, I play as cornucopia, mainly on KGS and DGS. Rating graphs can be found on my player's page over at the GGG.
- My Shusaku number is 6: Dieter Verhofstadt - Miyazawa Goro - Kitani Minoru - Honinbo Shusai - Iwasaki Kenzo - Honinbo Shusaku.
I have tried to reboot my go playing career a couple of times now, mainly due to life getting in the way. The second half of 2017 and the beginning of 2018 were very intense for me, so I decided to spend less time on my job (I was a real workaholic so I still spend more than enough waking hours at work) and more time on studying go. Hence my restart on 25/08/2018. At this moment, I'm around 6 kyu (based on the people with a stable rank that I can win against).
In view of getting stronger: I'm not going to put statements like "shodan by Christmas" or the like here. My aim will instead be to:
- Regain my focus when playing go.
- Have a deeper understanding of the basics.
- Study shape and get better at reading overall.
I hope to achieve this through :
- Study sessions with Furuyama Kazunari
- Teaching games with Kim Ouweleen (Murugandi) and Dwyrin.
- Reviewing my own games
- Most importantly : play more games!
I will try to post updates of my progress in the my diary blow.
- BruGo : Nice joseki studying tool by Bram Vandenbon
- Belgian Go Federation : The official website of the BGF
- KazSensei : Kaz's exceptional go lessons
- Murugandi : Webpage of Kim Ouweleen
- Dwyrin : Dwyrin's Twitch channel (US based)
- Lately, the quality of my games has gone up a bit. I'm losing the bad habit of playing moves that are too slow. There still is a lot of work to do but I'm capable of playing at the leve of 4 kyu players over at DGS (so probably 6 or 7 kyu EGF?), which is fun! Subsequently, I'm challenging a lot of 2 and 3 kyu level players, hoping to improve but most likely I'll get clobbered in no time.
- In a sudden frenzy, I joined the Belgian team for the IGS/Pandanet European Team Championship. Hope I don't let them down, we'll see.
- Blew the dust off my tsumego books, my reading is too slow.
- Applied for another round of lessons both with Kim (teaching games) and Kaz (working on my bad habits and learning the honte style of play, which I've always admired greatly).
- Lessons continue and I feel that I'm getting more sense of important points but I tend to oversee the "best move" in a certain position and as such I end in gote or fail at harassing my opponent (as stated by Dwyrin). As such, I'm going to focus on shape in my upcoming games.
- Bram has started a new go club in Brugge a few months ago. I got an email from him a few months ago and decided to drop by this month. I played a game against Maarten Van Steenkiste and lost by the smallest of margins. This was a real motivator for me as I didn't expect to get this result against him (he was much stronger than me in the past). I visited again in the beginning of April and it was once again a very nice experience, so I'm planning of visiting the club more often (despite it being farther away when compared to Ghent).
- Tried to play more games, which was a success (for now). I'm also attending (part) of the AIGT so hope to see exactly how much stronger I have become there. Updates will follow.
- Upgraded my Patreon tier with Dwyrin, so it's weekly teaching games and revies from now on! Hope to learn a lot from him. Also thinking of getting another very strong player to review some of my games, to get as much input as possible.
- Playing and reviewing at the club in Brugge has proven to be very fun. So hope to be able to attend more often.