BQM345/Earlier play

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Moves 1 to 9  

Bill: I characterized W9 as greedy, but maybe that was a bit unfair. White does seem to be following the idea of invading just in the nick of time. But that raises questions about earlier play.

Herman Hiddema: I don't know about that. Seems to me that at this moment invading at W9 or invading at 3-3 are still pretty much equivalent options. There is no single move for black to turn the left into territory, so an invasion is not urgent. I would probably play a in this position.

Bill: Agreed. I was trying to get into White's mindset.

iff: What would happen if black ignores Herman's a and plays at 9 himself. Is that ok for white because black is too low on the left side?

Was W7 from the wrong side?  

Bill: Maybe W1 should have been from this side. True, White is slightly cramped, but Black's resulting framework on the bottom side is not so close to territory yet.

Herman Hiddema: I would not prefer this approach, I like the other side better exactly because of the equivalent options given above.

Bill: I think I would actually prefer a, at this point in the game.

Tenuki with W5?  

Bill: To avoid getting cramped, maybe White should tenuki with W5, approaching with W1.

Herman Hiddema: Yes, this seems like a good idea, especially in a handicap game. I would consider a move like a to build influence against the black handicap stones.

Make a framework with B4?  

Bill: To prevent that, perhaps Black should start to build a framework right away, with an extension to B1.

Herman Hiddema: Agreed

Immediate pincer?  

Bill: And so to prevent that, should White play an immediate pincer?

Herman Hiddema: This seems like a good approach, given that this is a handicap game.

iff: What would be the proper way for white to handle a double approach at a or b (and which one would be better for black)?

Bill: I am old fashioned enough to think that an attachment on top (b or c) is good. These positions can become complex. For Black I like the 3-3 invasion instead. It's simple.

BQM345/Earlier play last edited by Bill on April 6, 2007 - 15:32
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