VER 2002 B23 Discussion

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Move 23  

HolIgor: I think it is important to explain to weaker players why B23 was bad. The problem is the balance of weak groups. After W24 at aWhite's group is settled and thick without worries. Moreover, it has an exit to the center. Black's groups at both sides are weak and can come under attack. This attack will give White a possibility to obtain many useful stones at the places of White's own choosing.

On the other hand, should Black deny an easy settlement to White stones the lone black stone on the upper side would be safe. White would be afraid to strengthen it since a rash attack could put White's stones in danger.

Thanks for the explanation, and sorry for the blunder. Now, is there a definition or a rule of thumb that allows one to determine whether a group is settled? Apparently joseki means "settled stones", but a position is supposed to be joseki if it is good for both players, and the term "settled group" is often used for just one side. Also, unsettled doesn't seem to relate to the meaning of "settled" in most pages where "settled" appears. - Migeru
Charles I've added a page about settled and unsettled. Probably for a 'rule of thumb' one should use the base concept as a mid-point: ask the questions 'does this group have a base?' and then 'is the base large enough for two eyes?'. (If a group needs eyes in two separate places it is probably already weak.) The etymology of joseki isn't helpful here.
A possible continuation  

Migeru This is what I was trying to avoid, I think. But it seems not to be bad for Black at all :-/

Charles One can think of it this way. White's plan is developing on both sides. But Black can take a 'soft' attitude to it, provided the black corner is definitely alive.


Arno: just to illustrate the point: Black could play B7 then run into the center with B9. White's group looks very weak now. That's why W6 is doubtful.


unkx80: Sorry for neglecting to put comments, as I made the move at about 2 am in the morning. Anyway, as HolIgor said, after B3, the black group in the corner has a root (eye space) and is safe but the white group has no root and will get attacked. Without the stone at a, White will feel reluctant to play the attachment at b as it will strengthen the weak lone stone. Also notice that the position of the marked black stone is excellent: it makes injuring the white group at the top and injuring the white marked stone somewhat miai. For example, if White chooses to play at c to escape, Black will naturally play at d to attack the White group and injure the white marked stone at the same time. It is in a wider sense, a natural "flow" of the game.

Another idea to remember  

DaveSigaty: The other thing to remember about this type of play in the corner is that a White connection at 4 (alternatively a White play at 3 if Black doesn't force) sets up the play at 6 which connects and makes an eye in the corner. Pushing immediately at 7 forces Black to settle the shape in the corner. In this game with the weak Black stone to the left, it seems worth trying to look for the right opportunity to connect.

DJ: To go back a little, when I played W22 (W1 below) I did so without thinking... Only after I thought that Black could have played a different order of moves (see also Arno's comment above):

Is it possible?  

And now what? Playing a would unnecessarily reinforce Black's stone, pushing at b would weaken the other White's stone...

Bill: What is the point of B2?
Charles Yes, B2 now isn't a good time. This is one for my forcing move misunderstandings page. This peep might be valid at a time when Black really must make eyes on the side. Before then, you can say: White will not hurry to play at B2; playing it makes Black at b less effective; playing it gives up an endgame move at c that Black may find very useful against White at d. All in all, this peep is a bit heavy.

VER 2002 B23 Discussion last edited by Migeru on April 14, 2003 - 18:01
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