My opponent made his first move: upper left star.
I stared at the board as I recalled memories of playing with my friend Nate: the various approaches I tried before, the numerous times he gave me advice as to how he tries to play as white, and how I should try to play as black. I wasn’t sure what was in store for me, because this was not going to be a fun casual Monday night game. This was a game that neither of us wanted to lose. After all, I’m sure that neither of us wanted to start the tournament off with a loss. Nonetheless, only one of us would come out a victor…
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As we were cleaning up the stones, I felt dazed as I was still in disbelief that I had managed to pull of a win, and a narrow one at that. Before I could even really collect my thoughts together however, I heard that the next pairings had been posted. I walked over and scanned the list - Ben [8k] vs. Black [12k]. At first I was relieved since I wouldn’t be playing an SDK, but then it hit me: I have to give him 4 stones.