Gu Li's Brilliant Moves

    Keywords: Tesuji
Moves 1-10  

Gu Li Black, Zhou Shouxun? White, Chinese Team Competition 12/4/2003

Moves 11-20  
Moves 21-30  
Move 33  

This is the time for Gu Li's tesuji.

Ed? Black 'a' looks like a good move to me. If white 'b' black pushes through at 'c' and captures 2 stones instead of the 1 captured by pushing immediately. If white 'd' black plays 'b' and has made it up to the 4th line. If white 'e' black 'd' appears to catch the cutting stones.

Dieter: Brilliant indeed!

Diagram 1  

B5 captures a stone, but this does not compensate for the weakening of his big group.

Diagram 2  

This crawling is not desirable.

Diagram 2  

The expected shape destroying move would be B1. After W6 captures two stones, Black can solidify his influence with a or b, but the position can still be considered as thin.


Game continuation  

Black captures the cutting stones

Var 1: capturing two stones  

Jasonred : Hold on... so, the extra stone at 7 and extra stone captured IS worth the weakening of the main group? I assumed the 8,9 sequence, is that correct?

crux: It appears that professionals think that way. There's a similar observation somewhere in Invincible, where a move that causes Shusaku to capture three stones instead of two is called the losing move.

Bill: I think it makes a difference of more than 4 points.

Var 2: Bending around at the fourth line  

tderz: this is a standard tesuji, available also to mid-level amateur players like me.
(not that I would dare to play the 10 moves preceding it)
I just wonder, how would one call this tesuji? -> YokoTsuke?

Bill: Yes, I would call it a yokozuke, but I am not sure if that is standard.

Gu Li's Brilliant Moves last edited by tapir on March 13, 2010 - 01:21
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