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Post #41 Posted: Sat May 30, 2020 12:29 pm 
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My 2¢. :)

Triton wrote:
Hey guys. By mistake I have edited my last post with this message below. Reporting it here now:

Now I have an interesting game to share. This was played live on IGS this evening. My opponent resigned but I think he would have won if he had played it out.

My opinion:
- I would have played w10 at C9 in retrospect. This way if black had replied in a similar way I could have made a base + approached the corner in one move without overextending.


Excellent observation! :)

This kind of move has a long history in go. :) It is called a wedge or a splitting play. Its downside is that it is not particularly dynamic. In fact, in the last part of the previous century it started losing favor with top players. And today's top bots do not favor at this point, either.

The old saying goes, "Corners, sides, center." It turns out that the bots value corners over sides more than we humans have done. It is better to wait to make a splitting play until the opponent has played a couple of stones in the adjacent corners. I illustrate this in the SGF file below. :)


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Post #42 Posted: Mon Jun 01, 2020 3:26 am 
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Thanks a lot for your comments guys, very helpful as usual.
I didn't think my group was safe, glad I've learned about the loose ladder!

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Post #43 Posted: Wed Jun 17, 2020 10:23 am 
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Hi everyone ! I hope you are well.
I haven't posted in a while because I think I've underestimated my rank when I registered on IGS and have been winning most of my games.
However here is one I just played, where I just felt overwhelmed by the number of groups and the clock ticking.
I know I've probably made a lot of very bad moves here, don't even know where to start.

Thanks in advance for your help.



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Post #44 Posted: Wed Jun 17, 2020 1:09 pm 
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Your biggest problem seems to be reading life and death.

:b10: at E2 kills (reduces White to an L group).

Move 112: do not save your three stones. These stones are not important, they are not cutting stones, the white group is already alive and Black too.

Move 228 should be at Q15. If White pushes at R14 then Black S13.

Move 270 is a useless empty triangle. If instead you play at G7 then your group is connected, you can kill the J8 group and win by 60+ points.

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Post #45 Posted: Fri Jun 19, 2020 5:30 pm 
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Don't let yourself get cut without reason. 272: connect. 228: connect — there is no danger on the side.

Go games are long and exhausting. Having stamina to keep focus to the end is a big part of strength.

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Post #46 Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 8:13 am 
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Thanks a lot, guys.
And you are definitely right about life and death. I should do tsumego but it's really not a fun part for me!

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