Well, I am chuffed to say I’ve made 1 kyu! I don’t really feel comfortable being 1 kyu, since lately most of my wins at 2 kyu have come from my opponent handing me the game from a winning position for them, often a very convincing winning position. But I’m there now, and my challenge is to hold on to my rank without slipping back down to 2 kyu. I have this feeling 1 dan is still far off, though. My promotion came from another victory against Adrian with 30 more komi than necessary, and I was fortunate to follow that up with a win against David Richfield on 5 handi (1 more than necessary, even after the promotion), which game me some points. Adrian was doing fine, but missed a tesuji that killed a huge group. If he’d defended, I would have lost by miles. Against David, I was in a terrible pickle, with a huge dead group in hsi territory. With both of us under time pressure, he defended somewhere unnecessary, rather than on the other (necessary side), allowing my dead group to live. After that, he tried to push me into a loss on time, since we were playing absolute time, but I was able to handle that, and finally he resigned. Last game of the evening, I was demolished by Jonathan on 9 handi. Friday morning I headed off to the Baths, near Citrusdal. It was my first visit there, and I was pleasantly surprised by the whole setup. I drove up there with Wernich and George “Jet” Murray, who was the guest of honour as the bachelor who is getting married at the end of the year. The theme of the party was “Groet die Grotman” (Greet the Caveman). Most of the weekend was just lazing around at the swimming pools and jacuzzis, as well as braaiing, and playing the Settlers of Catan, with the Saturday night reserved for an initiation ritual. The other major excitement of the weekend was Wernich’s accident: he dove into the swimming pool after a ball, and went in at too steep an angle. The pool isn’t so deep, and he went arms- and head-first into the bottom of the pool. The impact split open his forehead and the bridge of his nose. Jet, a medical student, gave him some prelim treatment, before I went with Wernich to the doctor in Citrusdal. 7 stitches and some medical glue later, Wernich wasn’t allowed to wear his glasses and hence drive, and I got my first experience of driving a BMW (and with power steering, and with a diesel engine) when I drove him back. Luckily Wernich is all right, and Jet made it through the weekend safely. Last night, we checked out the new James Bond movie, Casino Royale. Great stuff – plenty of thumbs up. I think Daniel Craig pulls Bond off real well. Afterwards, Jet, Hugo and Tiger came to our place and we ate pizza and visited. I think Dalene enjoyed a chance to catch up with Jet, and Dalene, Hugo and I ended up discussing churches and religion, notably the emergent church movement and the AGS church as the evening wore on, and everybody else left.
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