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watsu

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Blitz renju - who wins between top Asian players and top European gomokuers
Posted: Feb 5, 2024, 7:02 PM

In the long run, this should be an interesting question. For now, the Europeans appear to be dominant. We'll see whether or not that holds true over time. Illustrative game: https://www.vint.ee/en-gb/replay/14603344/
Blitz series: https://www.vint.ee/en-gb/tournament-series/details/116

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Re: Blitz renju - who wins between top Asian players and top European gomokuers
Posted: Feb 5, 2024, 7:09 PM

I see no top Chinese renju players. Sandersonia is Japanese, Tomoharu Nakayama. He is a very strong player, that's true.

Interesting that Zoltan knows renju theory quite well.

Do you know that the leader is 11 year old boy? =)

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Re: Blitz renju - who wins between top Asian players and top European gomokuers
Posted: Feb 5, 2024, 7:39 PM

Yes, I've played a few games of Pente against your student Alex. It's true that the asian renju players haven't shown up in full strength yet, unfortunately. However, this past Sunday had a much better showing among them than prior tournaments in the series, so hopefully that trend will continue.

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Re: Blitz renju - who wins between top Asian players and top European gomokuers
Posted: Feb 13, 2024, 12:13 AM

Heh, I wasn't good enough to win this tournament =( Hope Chinese players will join and beat those gomokers =)

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Re: Blitz renju - who wins between top Asian players and top European gomokuers
Posted: Mar 3, 2024, 12:44 PM

Impressively, a young Chinese player took first place this week. https://www.vint.ee/en-gb/tournament/result/219011/

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Re: Blitz renju - who wins between top Asian players and top European gomokuers
Posted: Mar 17, 2024, 12:38 PM

Estonians took 1st and 3rd places this week. However, with only two Estonian players playing, you'd hardly know it's their site and game: https://www.vint.ee/en-gb/tournament/result/219013/

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Re: Blitz renju - who wins between top Asian players and top European gomokuers
Posted: Mar 24, 2024, 6:43 PM

With this series now more than half completed, Zoli appears to have a lock on overall first place, assuming he continues to participate until the end - 7x 1sts, 1x 2nd and 1x 3rd in nine tournaments. If a top Chinese player were to come in and win all the rest of the first places, that would still be quite impressive and earn quite a high place overall. Seems unlikely to happen, but who knows?

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Re: Blitz renju - who wins between top Asian players and top European gomokuers
Posted: May 26, 2024, 1:42 PM

Unfortunately for viewers, Zoltán László of Hungary didn't have much in the way of competition for first place in this series, winning all but two of the 15 tournaments he participated in.

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