Saturday, May 7, 2011

A Temporary Farewell


as what the title has suggested, this blog will be undergoing a hiatus for the moment because there has been lots of new things entering my life. At the moment I won't be focusing too much on my Shogi studies but I'll definitely join the weekly Shogi gatherings in Melbourne and also try to promote Shogi in June.

So what are the reasons for my temporary inactivity in Shogi? Well, I've recently pick up a guitar and I'm learning it from scratch. I've been thinking of learning the guitar for years and just a month ago I've decided to give it a try. I actually love music alot, especially rock music so I was thinking why not learn how to play the guitar so I could play my favourite songs? Learning the guitar is no easy thing for a beginner and it has taken up a tremendous amount of time just to get my fingers used to chords and chords changing. My finger tips are a little sore as I'm typing right now. =)

Another reason for the lack of time is the assignments! Assignments are getting heavier and heavier by the end of this semester and exams are coming up next month! I've gotta study and make preparations for exams.

Lastly, I would like to say is that I finally have a girlfriend. =) Since our relationship has just started so I personally think that it's important to spend more time with her and build up our relationship. She is an understanding person and would willing to sacrifice "our bonding time" so I could focus on my stuff, but I don't want her to do that so that's why I'm using some of my "leisure or free" time with her.

This is not a farewell. After I've managed to master the guitar and get my studies over, I'll be sure to come back with a loud BANG! =)

Hope you guys will continue on with your Shogi journey!

Ryou Takehito

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Quiet blog is quiet


I guess it has been a long time since I've made any post. I'm finally back in Melbourne and I'm trying to cope up with my studies. It's been really hectic with all those individual/group assignments that it's really getting on my nerves.

Well, to be honest, not much stuffs have happened to me for the past few months. However I did manage to join the tournament that I've mentioned in my last post.

YEA! THE KL-MEIJIN SEN 2010!!!!!!!

Participants for the tournament are lesser this time, and I happened to meet few of my old rivals. =) Unfortunately I lost during the first round. My opponents too good that he made it into the finals! He said that he is a 2-dan player but I highly doubt it since he can face against a 5-dan amateur player almost at an equal level! Hate to admit it, but I did made a huge blunder which ultimately cost me the game. Ouch.

Next I had an evaluation game against Kenji Kobayashi 9-dan with a rook-handicapped. Sad thing is, I manage to get a win from him but failed. =/ Great news is that he acknowledge my skills at 2-dan amateur, which is a great thing to hear but I'm still highly doubt that I have acquired the level of 2-dan.

Not much Shogi things going on for me recently but I've heard news that there are going to be:
1. A Shogi tournament held in West Malaysia (unconfirmed from the host)
2. Another Shogi promotion from Darren Paul (Ramalam) in Melbourne during June!

I sincerely apologized for the lack of details and information about the Shogi Festival 2010. I didn't happen to have any camera with me at that time. And I would also like to apologize for the lack of updates on my blog. It just seems that there are lesser and lesser interesting Shogi events happened for me that there are nothing to write about. I've been brainstorming for the couple of weeks about what I should write about and I came out with a few. Should I write about:
1. On-going Professional Shogi tournaments with personal analysis and comments?
2. Random analysis and impression of professional Shogi game records?
3. Random pick of amateur games (especially from 81-Dojo) and personal opinion and analysis of their games?
4. Interesting Shogi articles from other foreign bloggers (most notably a Shanghai player)?
5. About my non-Shogi related personal life?

It would be great if anyone could give me any opinion about this. Afterall, this is about my Shogi life and I would definitely love to keep this blog going on and on and on and on till my last breath.

I'm definitely hoping for some advices and would love to update this blog again soon in the future after I've received some comments from you all. =)

Hope you all take care and continue to enjoy Shogi!

Ryou Takehito