Accompanying materials of The Art of 9x9 Go:
MONTEO BEAT SHINJI2 4 DAN (R1992)
I was White and told myself: "Don't consider the base too much. Play light moves. Put some stones here and go somewhere else, which can be cut and trade off the territory."
Black is a middle dan player, so at the opening, he did not much concern about the linkage between his stones. He played a classic Dosaku's opening, with and . is now being pressed lightly. The urgent task is to strengthen . It seemed to White that Black's strategy is to make no effort for territory building, but to put pressure on White. Moreover, the shape of black stones look balance: Neither too defensive nor too aggressive.
White stood with , and Black happily occupied the corner with . Up to this point, Black has mapped three forth of the board, which forces White to do something reducing the large potential territory of Black.
is a strategic move. It is ready to die, seeming like a stupid self-killing move. Don't try to help . This is a light move strategy, employed to destroy the potential territory of Black only.
makes it difficult for White to help by playing at a or b, which will result in a heavy white group. Heaviness causes greater loss and inefficiency of territory development and situation control.