time-stealing tesuji

  Difficulty: Introductory   Keywords: Tesuji, Strategy

A time-stealing tesuji is a colloquial expression referring to play that forces the opponent to use more time than otherwise necessary with the intention of inducing a mistake or loss on time. Two examples are starting unnecessary or otherwise unwinnable kos and speculative invasions.

Time-stealing tesujies are most effective when the opponent is short on time. However, because they take advantage of game-settings that are external to the intrinsic rules of go they are frequently criticized as unsportsmanlike and/or unethical, having been the source of many arguments and discussion in casual and tournament play. As a result, some organizations and tournaments have intentionally made rules against the use of such tactics or ruled against such play in the middle of a tournament.[CitationNeeded]

A move that saves the flag from falling is called a time tesuji, which is to be distinguished from a time-stealing tesuji.

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time-stealing tesuji last edited by bugcat on July 28, 2021 - 21:46
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