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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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