Middle game exercise 1
Very interesting exercise (for me). In such a position, I could not resist the temptation to start a moyo. Black 1, the move I would probably play, at the same time looks amateurish, single-purpose, lukewarm. Maybe locally a or b are better, b showing a weakness though, and perhaps this isn't at all the area to play.
A play around c seems even more single-purposed though: the three-space extension below needs more reinforcement than the two-point extension at the top.
-- Dieter Verhofstadt (EGF 1k)
bud1027 hm...how about this? it seem to me that this moves are more flexible and wider framework for black's thickness...
ThaddeusOlczyk: What about , expanding the moyo and threatening 'a' at the same time.
unkx80: seems to invite , separating from the rest of the Black stones. Is it good?
Broege?: I would go for - it presses White on the right side as it is places exactly on the line separating White's right from Black's top. Moreover, I seem to remember a very similar position is one of Takemiya's games - isn't it by any chance one of his games?
, , , and looks reasonable for black, and supports the lower side. If at a, then at 2. If at b, then the 1-point jump to c by black looks good. This part of the board seems urgent to me and my 16k level. :)
Zinger got it right, but Bill (the one of 10 years ago!) cannot be called wrong, since was the next move. The rest of us trail behind, since next developed the moyo.