Loved In Emerald Q1
LovedInEmerald I just played a game with someone who was a higher rank than me but he opened in a very strange way which in my opinion shouldn't have worked (at least not as well as it actually did work anyways :p). The opening looked something like this.
He then proceeded to build up a huge thickness by attacking my stones in the bottom left and before I knew where I was I found myself having to invade his huge framework with quite a solid base in the lower right corner. I'm sure this isn't a sensible way for him to develop or else I would have seen something on it by now so any ideas on how to combat this sort of opening? Thanks in advance for any help people can give me :).
LovedInEmerald Thanks, can see the huge amount of things leading on from four star points box formation page might be a bit hard to condense into general terms :p. That reduction link leading off from it looks the most promising at the moment (just given that I lost due to not being able to think of a sensible way to reduce his territory) :).
unkx80: looks very suspect: most likely it is not a good move.
Charles In this position, playing at makes a major difference.
Andre Engels: Indeed, is not a good move and in this position, at probably looks best. As for the strange opening from Black: I'd say it is strange, but not so strange as to actually be very bad. It is my guess that the average pro when looking at the diagram (before ) would prefer white, but switch to preferring black if white would get (say) 3.5 instead of 6.5 komi. Opening mistakes are rarely a very serious matter.
LovedInEmerald Ooh, it's interesting digging through all these old pages again. With the benefit of a small amount of experience that I didn't have when asking this question in the first place I would like to add some things (probably to be corrected after I find out they are wrong but hey :p).
It is important to remember that the box is not territory (see framework) and I have added a, b and c to the diagram as potential invasion points.
OK, think that may be it for the moment with my resurrecting of old questions... enjoy the rest of the series when they come ;).