GR Game 1
This is a RenGo. The teams average about 14k (EGF):
Tromp-Taylor Rules, with 0.5 Komi
Miguel : I don't know anything better to do, really.
MattHope : made sense at the time
ppadams : White already looks to have the smaller side.
Miguel : This is safe.
Alex: Actually, this is probably zokusuji (crude play). I can't really go into it while the game is in progress, because it would give you both hints at coming sequences, but remind me to bring it up later.
Migeru: That is why you are 3D and I am just 9K. I'll remind you when the dust settles in this area of the board.
MattHope : I believe this to be reasonably unagressive and safe. Not sure if I should have tried dropping down to the edge just yet or not
Alex: This is what I thought you might play, and the reason I said is zokusuji. Pushing into a knight's move is almost never correct unless it is immediately followed by a cut. There are rare exceptions, of course.
MattHope: I see... Since the follow up of (in this case) promptly gives white the option of putting in atari on the next move as well as threatening to push in 'over the top' though that is thankfully prevented (or at least made much trickier) thanks to . Should my have been at 's position instead?
Alex: I don't think should have been at ; too early for contact moves. Since you're playing Black with only 0.5 komi on such a small board, simple moves like should be enough to win.
As for why Black's shape is so bad, there are two reasons: first, part of the reason the -- shape is often good is that it threatens to bend the opponent around with a move at the point at . When that stone is already in place, that threat is absent, so the shape is not as good. Second, when White can give atari as she did in the game and there is a Black stone at , it results in an empty triangle if Black connects. Of course, Black should tenuki instead of connecting, but that doesn't change the fact that the shape is bad - if you're forced to ignore an atari because connecting would give you terrible shape, your shape was probably terrible to begin with.
MattHope: I see, thank you for the analysis. I always worry on a 9x9 board against stronger opposition that an attempt at strategic play will leave such a tactical mess that ends up overwhelming any benefit due to the reduced size. Does play on a 9x9 board tend to over emphasise certain behaviours in weaker payers?
Alex: I disagree. -- is fairly terrible shape with already in place. Also, is almost completely redundant. All Black has done in this sequence is fix White's weaknesses while strengthening himself comparatively little.
ppadams : Hopefully this is sensible and not wasting a chance elsewhere.
Migeru: I like it for white: it is a good dual-purpose move that both attacks and defends.
Migeru : Top or bottom, that is the question. I think this is bigger, but is the bottom more urgent?
MattHope : what else :)
Migeru Small thinking, Matt :-)
ppadams : Safe but dull?
Migeru IMHO it is sente.
BenH : Time to get a bit more aggressive, I think.
MattHope : I don't think we can afford to let the invading group link up with the very solid group on the left. Not sure If I should have gone one to the left. I felt that reducing the liberties of the invading stone in return for shrinking the territory by 2 or 3 was a reasonable tradeoff given my lesser ability to 'see' the strength of the invasion
Migeru Playing one space to the left might have pre-empted , but the best answer to is probably playing on top (on the 3-3 point). By the way, going back to the previous diagram (moves 1-10), given that is already on the 4th line from the right, is too far to the left. Now you can see why.
MattHope:indeed the crappiness of is becoming more and more apparent.
ppadams : How much more aggressive?
Migeru : Geez, some serious damage control is needed.
MattHope : hope the time spent thinking this through pays off :)
Migeru: Playing at may be better.
ppadams : I think up is the way to go (hopefully). I was expecting Ben to go up on his last turn.
MattHope: I think Ben was right with since it was sente in that it required a response down there or we would have lost the SE corner for sure (I could of course be wrong). I did play through this line so here's where we find out if my analysis works...
BenH: I had played intending it to be sente, but then later realised that me might have failed in the SE corner. But since it got a response, I'm happy enough.
Migeru : Ayayayayayayay.
BenH : Both corners are just so inviting...
MattHope : not much option
ppadams : I think white is not necessarily playing honestly.
Migeru: Ok, Matt, only you can save the day now.
MattHope : This saves the SE corner but I can't play through the top in my head. Previously you said that on the second row you needed wall of 7 to live, and 6 depended on other stones. I'm hoping the arrangement at the top prevents this
ppadams : It's all feeling pretty doomed.