Guess what Chang Hao did / Attempt

White to move...  


I would like to reinforce the center group, by either a high move along the side or more directly.

W1 in the diagram feels really heavy, but I don't see a better alternative

Herman Hiddema: I think W1 is too slow. Since b is sente for white, white should have no trouble setting this group

djmj: Why is b sente for white ?,

White kills...  

W8 at B3

ChrisSchack: W can squeeze and kill the group if B doesn't respond. W2 at a just leads to squeezing from the edge in.

djmj: Thanks, already played this situation but forget that white could get a ko there.

White to move...  

unkx80: Since you say surprise... I shall attempt to create a ko in Black's territory. Note that White has quite a few ko threats on the right side.

Warning: This is not backed up with reading.

Herman Hiddema: Looks like an interesting option. White has quite some ko threats, starting with a, so this may be an excellent way to use the aji of the white+circle stones

Tapir: A move surprising to a 2 kyu may as well be natural to a 5 dan, no?

ChrisSchack: I don't think the white+circle stones have aji alone ... there's a ko there, though it looks risky.

White to move...  

Andy Pierce: W1 here came to mind. It gives white some more breathing room in the center, presses down on black's territory and gives some potential follow-up at a if unanswered (putting some teeth into unkx80's ko line above). Equivalently, I think a black move at W1 really hurts white, and your opponent's good move is your good move. I also like the move at b, which I think is better than closing the corner at c, since c doesn't provide as much scope for future development and seems out of focus with the coming fight in the center.

White to move...  

Tapir: I can't remember my first thought now, but a move which may occur to me is W1 (as the proverb says: If you don't know what else to do, build a framework.)

Bill: I considered that move, too. But isn't the proverb, If you don't know what to do, tenuki? Building a framework is not faute de mieux.

Guess what Chang Hao did / Attempt last edited by Bill on September 26, 2008 - 01:14
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