The promising young German, Benjamin Teuber, took on Michael Redmond 9p in a special match held this morning at the venue of the SportAccord World Mind Games 2013. Originally the match was planned for South African Victor Chow (‘RoseDuke’), the winner of the SAWMG 2013 Pandanet tournament, however Teuber was substituted at the last minute as Chow was unable to attend. The handicap was two stones, with a time limit of 30 minutes sudden death.
The game was calm with Teuber playing a very solid opening, but when he failed to use his thickness to attack, he slowly but surely fell behind. After an attachment on the lower side that proved to be a little too optimistic, Redmond was able to make territory in the center, tipping the balance into his favor. Redmond emerged the victor after Teuber resigned in the endgame. Click here to see the game record with commentary by Michael Redmond.
After the match we asked Teuber his impressions about the game.
Teuber: I thought the game was going well until White was able to build the center. White played more calmly than I had expected, but in the second part of the game I began to gradually fall behind. I was unhappy with a decision in the upper left, unnecessarily fearing a ladder situation that should have been no trouble.
Teuber is currently taking part in the first year of a new training program held in China for top European players. Each year five young hopefuls will be selected to participate in this intense program lasting for five and a half months. The camp is run by strong Chinese pros, including the main coach Wang Yang 5p.
Ranka: Can you tell us about your daily training regimen?
Teuber: We focus on game practice and in-depth reviews. At the start we mainly played in an internal league with the five European players and one guest teacher. But recently we have been taking part in a league held at possibly the largest professional level go school in the world (180 students). Each evening we are expected to solve tsumego as homework.
Ranka: We hear you have also studied in Japan and China in the past. How does your study program differ from before?
Teuber: The training here is much more intense. In Japan we only did one game review per week and were expected to take responsibility for designing our own study program. Now we have a teacher just for the five of us.
Ranka: And how do you find life in Beijing?
Teuber: Like anywhere else there are ups and downs. I like the food and culture of China very much, but we study for six days every week and even on the rest days usually end up playing go, so there has been almost no time for sightseeing. Perhaps the most fun I have had so far was a soccer match against a team headed by Gu Li!
Ranka: How do you see the future of European go?
Teuber: I think European go is making great progress at the moment, particularly with the introduction of the study program in China. We have secured a ten year contract, and so can only expect Europe’s top players to increase further in strength.
– John Richardson