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Surprising First Round of 3rd European Professional Qualification
By Pavol Lisy | European Pros | 04.03.2016 14:28 | Views: 3551
Surprising First Round of 3rd European Professional Qualification
The 1st round of The 3rd European Professional Qualification in Baden-Baden has just finished.
16 players are playing a double-knockout to decide who will be the 5th EGF Professional after Pavol Lisy, Ali Jabarin, Mateusz Surma and Ilya Shikshin
We had seen 8 very interesting games, 3 of them were broadcasted on KGS under accounts: EGFPro1, EGFPro2 and EGFPro3.

Results of 1st round:
Benjamin Drean Guenaizia
beat Andrij Kravec by resignation.
Lukas Podpera beat Tanguy Le Calve by 3,5
Artem Kachanovskyi beat Zhao Pei by 5,5 (EGFPro3)
Thomas Debarre beat Jan Hora by 8,5 (EGFPro2)
Juri Kuronen beat Viktor Lin by 4,5
Dmitrij Surin beat Grigorii Fionin by 1,5
Cornel Burzo beat Lukas Kramer by resignation (EGFPro1)
Csaba Mero beat Dragos Bajenaru by 4,5

Results can also be found here http://eurogofed.org/proqualification/index_2016.html

The biggest surprise of Round 1 though is Benjamin Drean-Guenaizia (Nr.16 in rating) beating Andrij Kravec (Nr. 1 in rating) by resignation.
Benjamin (on the picture) was so nice, he recorded the game after it was finished.

Black: Andrij Kravec, 6 dan from Ukraine
White: Benjamin Drean-Guenaizia, 6 dan from France
Commentary by Pavol Lisy,1 dan professional.

Andrii did not play the most common move here (hane at B9), but played like this.
As I got to know, this is an old joseki.

It resulted in a fight, where white could not capture any of Black stones.
But White could use the aji of the stones, so this outcome does not favour anyone.

White got life and a few points on the left side, but I think White could do better here.
Black was slightly ahead after first joseki.
This is a key point and the game looks promising for Black.

Black decided to tenuki the right side twice (at 1 and the last move). 
He could do that, because if White tries to close the group, Black can live at A.

White forced Black to make all those exchanges in the center, but the problem
was that if White would have connected his  one stone with the other four, Black could
have cut the other three stones and remain connected with the right side group.
White had to come up with an idea... And he did. 
White's tesuji first looked like an overplay, but Black (and me too) did not find a good way to play. Black captured White's four stones, but White captured much more important four stones of Black that were cutting White's center group. In the last few moves, White gained a lot and got to be ahead.

Black still had a chance though, but even Black found a two-step ko on the left
he did not gain much with it as he did not have good threats.
White also played well in endgame.
Andrii resigned here, when he was behind about the amount of komi.
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