Another game. This one was even, with me taking white. The opening was sensible enough, with my opponent taking sanrensei.
Then it goes a little of script, with 11 at N5. I suppose the good news is that this will be a perfect chance for me to practise dealing with moyos. I start be approaching black’s other corner and am a little surprised by 13 at R12, and the following sequence. Black is building a wall facing the wrong direction.
I would have expected something like this:
Or at least this:
I guess this means I’m ahead? I wonder if I can make the most of my early lead. I decide to stay calm and collected, and opt to simply enclose one of my corners with 22. Black responds very passively, giving me sente. Time to work out how to deal with black’s influence.
So I think 24 was perhaps a poor move. Maybe I should have just played O10 instead? Black’s response was interesting, and I decided to risk the damage to my group and ignroe it. Although 26 was probably being a little greedy. I also wonder if I should have played 37 at R8 as a handy forcing move, while I had the chance? Black 39 seems a little slow to me: yes, it keeps the two groups connected, but the weaker group can always run to the centre easily enough. 43-51 felt like end game and I wasn’t sure why black was playing out those exchanges
After 52, I was wondering if the following would work:
But instead I miss my opportunity and take an enclosure instead, after which, black starts his attack.
I decide to calming let black take my stones if he really wants to, and instead focus on gaining some central influence which I can use the huge amount of potential I’m slowly building up on the left hand side of the board.
Black appears to have only one thing on his mind:
With 93 he makes a mistake, and I capture some stones, which takes the pressure off my group, and come out of the fight with a huge amount of influence.
I think if 93 had simply protected the cut, I would have a hard time winning the game.
This sequence of moves feels really slow for black, I don’t think I should be allowed to take the star point at D10 so easily. Now, all i have to do to win is to hold on to most of the points!
Easier said than done.
I’m pretty sure 122 is a mistake. The aim was to kill off as much aji as possible, but leaving all those cut points/potential forcing moves? Probably not a good idea.
Black continues trying to get in:
After this, I was wondering if sacrificing my stones was the right idea? I think it was a mistake, as saving them doesn’t appear to leave my position much weaker:
We then do a load of endgame:
White 166 was maybe a mistake? Seems quite a small move and gave black a chance to attack my corner?
Black then makes a last ditch attempt to live in my corner:
It appears to be too little too late.
All that’s left is some more endgame, and I win by 15.5points.
While I think I gave my stones on the right up too easily, I think this game is a nice demonstrating of not having to save everything and the dangers of focusing your attack on one group and forgetting about the whole board.