Robert Pauli: (pointing at the diagram on the main page)
Locally best play isn't globally best play, as everyone will find out sooner or later.
I like these miai values (even if I'm still struggling with them), however, would they help White in any way ??
Bill: Gee, maybe I am missing something, but the best local play seems like the best global play to me. (OIC. It depends on what you mean by best play. I think you mean optimal play. I had orthodox play in mind. The normally best local play differs from the best global play at or below temperature 1. They are the same above that.)
Are you using some kind of mathematical never-ever-draw rules, Bill, or what am now I missing? ;-)
So, how do miai values direct White to choose the "inferior" move?
Bill: Here is what I mean:
After , White has - with sente, and Black has - with sente. This is 2 points better than the result above, starting with . With rare exceptions, W should play unless the remaining plays are very small.
( - is sente because of possible later threats against Black's group. But even if it is a 2 2/3 point gote instead of a 3 point sente, is still the normal local play.)
was my first thought, and then I wondered why this was a problem. ;-)