Is damdai sure they only met one time? For example, I would think they saw each other at SBO as well. Was there no east vs. west style line tournament that they played against each other in? If not, then I’ll ask my contact later. If it was just a casual match win against ARG that I heard so excitedly about (that broke a win streak or something?), then I’ll definitely apologize for the mistake since I agree that casual matches aren’t a big deal.
As for that report on skilled workers, OK, but it still only addresses regular folks. I brought up Nobel Prizes because we were discussing some of the best comp around, not regular joes. And amongst the very best scientific talent, the US is still on top.
As for your comment about playing me, I already stated how it doesn’t match what I’m claiming. We haven’t played at all, not even online. But I’ve played the Japanese players I’m referring to in-person, even if it wasn’t in-tourney. Playing and not playing is a black-and-white difference in expectations. As I’ve repeated numerous times now, that experience is the whole reason behind US confidence, and not just mine either.
I have no current plans to return to Japan but if I do, I’ll be glad to accept our mm and show you my perspective. How badly do you expect me to fare against the mama bears by the way? Since Evo, I won’t say I’m near equal but I’d be willing to bet that except against 5 or so of the toughest players, I won’t lose worse than 5-3 to the rest of Tokyo’s best players. I believe I’d win some too but I’m not willing to bet that except on a case-by-case basis being as out-of-shape as I am today. I don’t think losing 5-3 is very impressive with claw (and that MAO could certainly do better) but if you’re expecting something like 5-1 or worse because of a perceived difference in skill and are willing to put serious money behind that belief, as well as on our mm, then we might be able to work a deal out for a visit perhaps as early as this January.