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starting position  

The move of B1 is what leads to the now famous Giant Crawl. In this general position a would always have been the first choice.

ending position in the game  

It is not an outcome many would consider choosing, but in the end it was re-assessed. Black has no weak groups, but White has weakness. Despite crawling so many times, Black emerged ahead on the board. This led to consideration about whether the marked stone was the correct response to B1.

a variation black would reject  

If White blocks normally with W2 then this outcome would be unfavourable for Black, since White's corner is clearly alive.

the natural response?  

It should be normal for White to play atari with W2. Black is unlikely to connect after White. What follows is one suggested sequence.

AlphaGoJoseki/GiantCrawl last edited by bugcat on September 18, 2021 - 15:33
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