We had an opportunity to speak with Michael Redmond from the United States, who is an active 9-dan professional with the Nihon Kiin, and placed 3rd in Group E of the men’s individuals, losing only to Wang Xi 9d from China.
Ranka: Are you satisfied with your performance in the WMSG?
Michael Redmond: Oh, well, yeah. I would have liked to beat Wang Xi, the rest of the games I expected to win. So there was no surprise.
Ranka: Do you think Wang Xi is stronger than you?
Michael Redmond: I knew from the beginning that he was one of the top Chinese players, and I’d been watching his games. So I was looking forward to my game with him, and he did outplay me, yes.
Ranka: Are you disappointed that you didn’t have a chance to play against Mr. Yamashiro for the second place in the group?
Michael Redmond: I wasn’t really thinking about it, but when I played the first round against a weak player – well, at that point I had the feeling I would be losing in a tie. So I didn’t really have very high hopes. And from the start, since this is basically the Olympics, I came with a different attitude than I would to a tournament with prize money. And I wanted to enjoy the tournament, so I wasn’t really that bothered.
Ranka: Apparently there is a rule that professional players can only enter one event. What do you think about that? Would you like to have played on the US Team?
Michael Redmond: I think it’s OK; especially when in a country like America, there are a lot of amateur players who would like to have the chance to play. I think one event is enough.
Ranka: And what was your overall impression of the WMSG?
Michael Redmond: Well, I know most of the American players, because I’ve already been to some American Go Congresses, but I know less of the European players, so it was a great opportunity to meet some of them and the rest of the world. So that’s one thing I liked about the tournament; also I liked the fact that there were different games being played in the same area, so I had the opportunity to see some Bridge and Xiangqi players. I don’t play those games, but it was very interesting to watch them in competition.
Ranka: Thank you very much for the interview.