I would like to reinforce the center group, by either a high move along the side or more directly.
in the diagram feels really heavy, but I don't see a better alternative
Herman Hiddema: I think is too slow. Since b is sente for white, white should have no trouble setting this group
djmj: Why is b sente for white ?,
ChrisSchack: W can squeeze and kill the group if B doesn't respond. 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.
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 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 stones have aji alone ... there's a ko there, though it looks risky.
Andy Pierce: 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 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.