Kikasare Example 1

Takemiya - Ma 1996-05-13  

Dave This is from Game 2 in the 1st World Go's Strongest Tournament. White responds to B1 with W2, W4, and W6.

White's kikashi, Black's kikasare  

White's kikashi, Black's kikasare: According to a game commentary by Takemiya in the October 1996 edition of Igo Magazine, if now Black continues with B1, White will force with W2 and W4 before playing W6 on the left to enclose the bottom on a large scale. Combined with White's thickness at the top, White has a very interesting position.

Game continuation 1  

To avoid being forced as shown above, Black plays on the left himself.

Black's kikashi, White's kikasare  

Black's kikashi, White's kikasare: In this position if White replies at W1, Black happily turns back to the right side with B2 having drastically reduced White's opportunities on the bottom. The game prospects have reversed and White has a "no win" position (Takemiya).

Game continuation 2  

White plays W1 and W3 in order to avoid being forced on the left. This gives Black the opportunity to break into the bottom side with B4 and B6.

Bildstein: This looks like mutual damage on a large scale. I wonder if we could consider mutual damage to be a way to avoid kikasare.

Charles Matthews There's certainly a basic point here. To avoid being forced, quite generally, and to get away from following the opponent around, mutual damage assessments have to become routine.

Kikasare Example 1 last edited by CharlesMatthews on March 27, 2006 - 13:21
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