White: Dmitriy Surin (Russia) 6d
Black: Csaba Mero (Hungary) 6d
Commentary by Michael Redmond 9p, transcribed by Chris Garlock.
Although the 4-round match between the Russian Federation’s Dmitriy Surin 6d and Csaba Mero 6d of Hungary was the last of the day Thursday, ending well after 5 p.m, it could have been one of the first games finished when Mero had a chance to crush Surin with a devastating cut with move 27.
Michael Redmond 9P’s commentary takes a close look at the joseki variations, as well as Mero’s decision to chase Surin’s near-eyeless center group in the wrong direction and then ease off at a critical moment. At move 98, Surin “had a chance to stay in the game if he played calmly,” says Redmond. Instead, he started a fight that “just made things worse,” losing the opportunity to make the game close…
The commented game in sgf format is available here.