It’s been somewhat of a dull day, but I have a new CD (Keith Jarret’s Köln Concert) to listen to and some free time to play a game of go. Auto-match pairs me with a 7kyu, which is probably a good thing as I’m not in the mood for a super taxing game. I will be playing white, with only 0.5pt komi.
A slightly odd start to the game. K4 (move) is a little odd, and a pretty passive move. As the board is still very open, I decide to ignore it and approach black’s 3-4 stone. Moves 6-8 are predictable enough, but then black plays 9 at B15, which is a little unusual (I would normally expect C16). I get a nice little wall out of this, while black gets 12 points in the corner. [Note, move 13 should be at A according to josekipedia].
Playing on the left hand side star point with 14 seems like an obvious choice, to build a nice framework (which I can potentially expand later by attacking K4). Black decides (rashly?) to invade straight away with 15 at C9. I think this is a bad move, although I’m uncertain if I’ll manage to profit from this mistake. I wouldn’t be surprised if the result of this skirmish will decide the rest of the game! For the record, I think black would have been better playing 15 at C6 or F4.
I decide to respond with 16 at C6… this gives me a nice enclosure and pushes black towards my new wall. I’m also eyeing up H3 as good move if I can get sente. I’m not sure about black 17 either, but I suppose it does spook me into protecting my cut point at D14. The aim of white 20 is to give my group some eyespace and reduce black’s eyespace. And 22 is played to stop D10 being captured in an easy ladder. With 26 I decide to calmly not worry about my two stones and just defend.
Black 27 is possibly a mistake? I know I’d rather take a move like 29 straight away. With white 30 I threaten to take a lot of points in the corner (25?), and attack black’s stone. Black appears to be a greedy player and invades straight away
This is one of the fun things about Go… that wall I got from the joseki in the top left corner ended up indirectly giving me a load of points on the other side of the board.
Black then takes a series of forcing moves, ignores my approach at 58 and chooses to make a pretty solid wall. I decide to ignore black’s influence and re-approach the top right corner.
Black’s move at 61 throws me a bit, and I play what turns out to be a dubious move with R17. Perhaps I should have simply played S16 instead? Well, too late now: let’s try to make the best of a bad situation… I can give up a load of stones in exchange for a load of influence:
Sure, I have at least three nasty but points, but now is not the time to worry about them – onwards with the plan:
With my new found influence, I can run E7 out without worrying about a ladder breaker. Sure, it may be reckless, but it should hopefully be fun. Although, in hindsight, I think this is perhaps a terrible move (something sensible like R9, or protecting cut points is a much better idea). I think if black plays like this:
Then I’m toast.
Luckily, black didn’t play like that! And instead I get this:
Followed up with:
I wonder if capturing with 98 was a (small) mistake?
My opponent then returns to focus on the top of the corner… I admit that my position is pretty thin up there. But I’m not too worried, as long as everything doesn’t die, I should be ok, as I’ve ripped through black’s position on the left and split the two (currently eyeless) groups apart.
My opponent seems a touch too passive and doesn’t put enough pressure on my group. I feel like I’m making eyespace and getting into the centre far too easily. 113 seems pretty small?
Next, black jumps down to the lower right position, but then straight away tenukis. Apparently he doesn’t have a game plan?
The exchange at the top of the board just makes my group stronger and doesn’t seem to get him very much. And I’ve ever so slowly building up centre strength to use in attacking the left hand side.
Next up, a bit of pushing and shoving back at the top of the board:
So my two groups are more or less connected, and black 169 turns out to be a mistake:
And bang, black’s group is dead. From there, the game is pretty much settled. Some endgame and I won by around 30 points.