BQM 489

    Keywords: Opening

emeraldemon: This is a game I played on KGS. I'm not really sure how black should play here.

How should Black play?  

I thought I should split white group on the bottom, as it seemed the clearest option for attack. I wonder now if that was a mistake.

Edit: Tapir suggests B1 at 'a' is bad. So what is better? I was thinking maybe 'b', but perhaps that's too slow?

tapir: I have no obvious best move, c reduces the same area and usually black will be strong outside, d is another reducing move (but imagine the marked black stone where the white marked is - which was obviously the answer to it), e etc. is big and probably sente, f is a cut, which is still possible though maybe not very efficient right now. The white group on the right edge is not yet alive and all plans should consider that (with the cut at f) you may set up a double attack later.

How I played it in the game  
  • tapir: You got lucky with this result so far imo. Imagine W2 at B3. Black may be able to live inside (?) with damage to its corner and outside strength but this would have been still better for white than the game.
Continued again  

Black captures the 3 white stones on the bottom, but loses the corner. The final result was W+25.5 . It seems like I was too greedy in trying to kill the white group in the corner, but if I had settled for a wall, it would directly face white's stones on the left, so that seems useless. This makes me think I should have played a defensive move like F5 instead of the attack at N3.

unkx80: There are some mistakes in techniques. Here are some ideas.

Better shape  

It is unreasonable to expect to kill the White group in the corner. The correct shape is to defend at B1. In the game, you played at a, inducing White b, leaving behind the cut at c which works in this case.

After B1, White needs to take care of two running groups, so the game should be good for Black if Black can capitalize on this situation.

Better shape  

Locally, the correct shape for defending the black+circle stone is at B1 here, putting a lot of pressure on the three White stones at the bottom. Not a because it leaves behind the peep at W1, giving White potential eye shape.

Actually, I would be playing at b instead, inducing White to capture the black+circle stone instead.

BQM 489 last edited by tapir on October 10, 2009 - 00:45
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