Timing

  Difficulty: Expert   Keywords: Strategy

Although the concept of timing is used often by go players, it is not easy to find a concise summary of this topic. Not without reason is Rin Kaiho quoted as saying: Go is timing

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Which order?
Bad timing (B7 connects)
Correct timing
Correct timing (B5 connects)

Tactical timing

See also Order of Moves
[Diagram]
Which order?  

After these joseki plays, Black will play the atari moves at a and b - in some order. Which is correct?

[Diagram]
Bad timing (B7 connects)  

If Black gets the timing wrong, as here, White can exploit the presence of W2 to make a net on the outside with W8. Now black+circle is misplaced. We assume that Black connects the ko, since there are no ko threats in the opening.

[Diagram]
Correct timing  

Black should play the other atari first. In this case White's chance at resistance with c next gives Black an outside ponnuki. White cannot get a good result that way.

[Diagram]
Correct timing (B5 connects)  

If White tries to resist in the same way as before, the result she gets is much worse.


Strategic timing

Some aspects:

  • Go is ruled by minimal play play something only because it is required so timing is 'recognition of necessary plays'. According to this, 'urgent points before big points' is the master proverb.
  • The idea of a probing type of strategy is to get commitment from the opponent first; and then decide timing and choice of direction.
  • Timing is required to play kikashi.

See also


Theoretically speaking, perhaps the game divides up as game temperature model, plus real timing issues which aren't just a question of sente sidetracks.


Timing last edited by PJTraill on November 14, 2018 - 16:50
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