Accompanying materials of The Art of 9x9 Go:
YOKOYAMA 4 DAN BEATEN
If you don't want to win, you will win, as you will play proper moves for both attack and defend. When you don't want to win, you will be fearless. Fearless is a key element of success. This game illustrates this proverb.
I was White, and played a new orthodox opening at 2-2 point, . It is clearly not effective but new and challenges Black in dealing with uncommon situation.
Don't help the weak stone like as if it were to live. Instead, White should leave it there, to post a potential risk to Black.
also improves the situation of , from being hard to live to being easy to live, as is serving as a base for attacking the cutting stone of White (if any).
The White group is now too big to let it die. White needs to expand the base to ensure the safety of this group. Two choices exit: a and b, neither of which has a clear more advantage than the other.
The white group is now strong enough to survive. To be effective, the next
move of White should invade the vast free land on the top, and should not
play locally, as it will be too late to go there.
attacked the strong group of White, which is a bad move. has a
potential future as it can extend to the free space.
is another bad move because it helped White to fix his shape at a.Never help the enemy to fix his shape.
is not a good idea. There are two supporting armies that can help attack . is already on bad situation without any White's movement. White should see the true purpose of . Black might want to link and the big black group. Hence, White should remove the potential connection by blocking and the big group. In dan-level games, moves that you think irrational are usually rational.
can kill at a, which White can certainly prevent it. The actual purpose of is to widen the base so that this big black group will be able to live.
is bigger than a if Black can continue his attack at b. Now, it's clear that the lower white group can live, but the upper group is still uncertain; White needs to answer at b, to make sure this big group will be alive.