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Moves 1 to 10  

Herman Hiddema: W7 is a strange move. With B6, black has taken the corner but left a large hole on the left. White still has the option of playing the other kakari at a. With the W7 B8 exchange, black gains more than white. After B8, black is much stronger on the left side, while white only leaves himself the move at b, for now. Better play W9 directly.

pillbox: Thank you for your comment. I realize now what you mean. I played W7 will the intent to follow up with m or n, as I did later in the next diagram with W19 (W9 on the diagram). Only after your comment do I see that this was not a good plan, as it only caused black to fortify on the left.

Moves 11 to 20  

pillbox: After B4, I feel I should have played on the right side, perhaps at A or B.

Herman Hiddema: W3 does very little for white. It makes a few points, but it does not put pressure on black. It allows black the option to play hane at the head of two with a move at a. Locally, playing the move at a yourself is much better shape for white. I agree with you on moves after B4. W5 and W7 are the wrong side. White is strong on this side after the move W3, so playing from this side is the wrong direction.

Moves 21 to 30  

Herman Hiddema: W1 is to easy on black. White should play the double hane at 2, which threatens al sorts of nasty things with the cuts at a and b. W5 is better directly at c, if you want to play locally, but globally tenuki would be better.

pillbox: Typically I fear playing the double hane, but I see now that it is a very good option in this situation.

Moves 31 to 40  

pillbox: I have no idea what W1 is trying to do. The fact that I played this move haunts me.

pillbox: After B8, I realized that I should have been attacking exactly where B8 protects. I admire Black for having the presence of mind to play this, as this is the kind of move I will often omit during my games. This could very well be my favorite move of the game, and I'm jealous that it was not mine.

Moves 41 to 50  

pillbox: Looking at it now, W7 and W9 seem to be less than optimal moves. While they cast influence against Black's wall, they do not necessarily perform efficiently.

pillbox: After looking at this for a while, I feel that perhaps W7 at A and W9 at B; but I'm not sure how much stronger that would be.

Moves 51 to 60  

pillbox: I spent a long time thinking about W7. I felt at the time that it was paramount to make the connection. But now I cannot be sure.

Moves 61 to 70  

unkx80: B2 is too conservative and can actually be played at a, although I think a better Black move may be at B4 and allow White to live in the 3-3. W3 should play at b or c to increase the chances of survival. B6 should be played at B8, and I think W7 at B8 has some chance of living? The life and death here is not very trivial, but I feel that White has very little chance to live after B4.

Moves 71 to 80  
Moves 81 to 90  

pillbox: I had a nightmare about this sequence last night. This failed invasion will haunt me in my dreams for some time, I fear. Perhaps somebody can explain where I went wrong?

Moves 91 to 100  
Moves 101 to 110  

pillbox: After B4, I realized that my opponent was very aware and protective of his cutting points. This is where I started to look for somewhere to resign.

pillbox: I think now that W5 at B6 would have been better.

Moves 111 to 118 - Result: B+R  

unkx80: An overall comment. You have a tendency to settle a group before doing starting to play at another place, such as invading Black's framework. While this strategy may work for even games, it is way too conservative and cannot work for a H6 game, because as you settle each group completely, Black has a lot of moves to reinforce his other areas and make them very thick. The resulting thickness is a key factor why the invasion at the bottom right did not succeed. In high handicap games, White has to be proactive and play in several different places.

pillbox: You are completely correct. I have a tendency to swing from one end of the spectrum to the other, either defending too much in certain situations (typically in trying to establish a base) to the other end (usually in pushing to the center) of leaving many weaknesses behind while pressing forward, only to be punished for them in the future. I appreciate your comment as it gives validation to the impression that I get from my own play. I will be working hard in an effort to correct these shortcomings (probably only to trade them off for another, completely different, set of shortcomings that will probably be more difficult to overcome.) Thank you for your comments!

PillboxThePlayer/GameThoughts2008-03-10-00 last edited by pillbox on March 10, 2008 - 22:25
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