Monday Go Meditation: Game 62

Intro­duc­tion

About a week ago, there was a bit of dis­cus­sion about the impor­tance of endgame. Now while I would never even begin to pro­pose that endgame is not impor­tant or can’t make a huge dif­fer­ence, I was say­ing how I didn’t think study­ing it would serve kyu play­ers as much as say dan players.

Iron­i­cally, the game fea­tured this week was played shortly after the dis­cus­sion and hap­pened to fea­ture endgame as the shin­ing star of the game. In addi­tion, this game is also a good exam­ple of com­pet­ing moyos and how crit­i­cal points in shape and bound­aries can make a huge dif­fer­ence in the result­ing out­come. Hope you enjoy this review!

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One Point Lesson

When you’re really behind, your only hope is to com­pli­cate the game and push your opponent’s abil­i­ties to the absolute limit.

Game Sum­mary

no Cat­e­gory Good Bad
1 Open­ing Move 11 — Deci­sively ignor­ing White’s exten­sion to play on the right inside seemed like the cor­rect move. Move 35 — This was a bad move that allowed White to get a nice result on the upper right.
2 Attack and Defense Move 111 — Ignor­ing White to defend my group was an impor­tant step to giv­ing me a chance to make a comeback. Move 80 — Let­ting White attack my group like this was very painful. It could have been awful if White had con­tin­ued his attack.
3 Shape Move 147 — Being able to find this point in the midst of near death was another proud moment for me. Move 48 — Let­ting White get this shape point was unbe­liev­ably painful.
4 Strat­egy Move 115 — Ignor­ing White’s approach on my cor­ner to try and reverse the game was impor­tantly to try and reverse the game. Move 47 — Try­ing to take the cor­ner instead of expand­ing my moyo was a pretty big mistake.
5 Over­all Reading Move 151 — Being able to read out this attach­ment almost instantly was a proud moment for me. Move 63 — This was so painfully obvi­ous to my oppo­nent. Should have saved it for later.
6 Endgame Move 161 — Tak­ing my sente to con­nect here is prob­a­bly what even­tu­ally pushed my oppo­nent to resign later. Move 86 — See­ing White fly into my area like that was so painful. It nearly ended the game.
  • Marek Jasovsky

    wel­come back, we have missed you ;)

    • http://www.bengozen.com/ Ben

      I was only gone for a week­end! Haha.

      • Marek Jasovsky

        of course, but after your post on fri­day I think that more peo­ple were just afraid.

        • http://www.bengozen.com/ Ben

          Under­stand­ably so, but don’t worry, I wouldn’t ever aban­don the blog with­out at least let­ting every­one know.

          • Marek Jasovsky

            ;) thx but wrong answer. cor­rect answer would be “Folks, I will never aban­don nor Go, nei­ther this blog ;)

          • http://www.bengozen.com/ Ben

            Hahaha. I cer­tainly hope so!

          • Marek Jasovsky

            Thx a lot in the name of all, who could not sleep dur­ing week­end, after your last post ;)

  • MolokaiCow­boy

    Another bril­liantly anno­tated and instruc­tive game. Thank you, Ben! But is there hope for me? It is dif­fi­cult for me to believe you are only 3k; I would guess 1d or 2d for sure!

    • http://www.bengozen.com/ Ben

      You’re wel­come! And what do you mean is there hope for you? I believe with cer­tainty that any­one with the right mind­set and atti­tude always has hope for improve­ment. So yes, there is hope for you!

      Haha. Maybe occa­sion­ally my analy­sis is 1d/2d, but my play has not been con­sis­tent as of late, and that is some­thing to keep in mind as you gain each addi­tional stone. Con­sis­tency is more impor­tant than shin­ing moments of brilliance.

  • scott

    Hey, I just wanted to say that I find endgame to be a very inter­est­ing thing to study. And I think you might be very sur­prised at the dif­fer­ence in points between good and bad endgame. Whether or not it is use­ful for a kyu player is debat­able, but I think that there are sev­eral rea­sons to study it over other aspects of the game.

    1. It is great prac­tice in how to read long sequences of moves(on mul­ti­ple sides of the board).
    2. It helps you to learn bet­ter how to count what ter­ri­tory is actu­ally yours, and leads to an under­stand­ing of the huge dif­fer­ences in points gained just by get­ting sente in an area.
    3.It will help you almost EVERY game! Every game even­tu­ally ends up in endgame, but how often will you use some new joseki that you just learned? Or some mid-game tesuji? Those “few” points you gain by study­ing endgame can make a world of dif­fer­ence in the out­come of a game, espe­cially if it leads to bet­ter deci­sion mak­ing in the mid­dle of the game.
    4.Unlike many aspects of go, there is noth­ing mys­te­ri­ous about the endgame. If you take the time to use what you learn, you sim­ply have more points at the end of the game. This means that study and effort in endgame much more directly results in bet­ter play. This is in direct con­trast to study­ing some­thing like joseki, which can eas­ily result in weaker play due to incor­rect assumptions.

    If any­body would like to begin study­ing endgame I would rec­om­mend watch­ing these excel­lent videos:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcCr6yBos1M

    • http://www.bengozen.com/ Ben

      You bring up excel­lent points in favor of the endgame Scott. I know that for me per­son­ally, I’ve found that games tend to end in the mid­dle game more often as opposed to the endgame; but per­haps that is just a trend with me. Haha. Over­all though, I would have to agree with you.

      PS. It’s funny you should rec­om­mend Starstorm3’s videos because he lives in the area and I know the guy. Great guy and great teacher!

    • MolokaiCow­boy

      I agree with you, Scott, on the endgame. It is not quite the micro­cosm of the game as in chess, but I think very core skills like visu­al­iza­tion, count­ing, con­nect­ing and even read­ing to some degree can be learned well from endgame. I am just a begin­ner at Go, but I do have expe­ri­ence in chess where I reached a lit­tle over 2100 ELO in my prime.

      Ben is also cor­rect that a major­ity of games are decided in the mid­dle game — but that’s not really my point in favor of endgame study. Most chess games (at least at the ama­teur level) never reach an endgame but most instruc­tors teach the it first for its core skills.

      • http://www.bengozen.com/ Ben

        After the numer­ous dis­cus­sion points, I do have to say that I have to agree that study­ing endgame can actu­ally have ben­e­fi­cial effects on mul­ti­ple aspects of the game regard­less of whether the game reaches the endgame or not. I cer­tainly hope to hone my endgame skills in the near future!

  • Spot

    How about 33 Q17?

    • http://www.bengozen.com/ Ben

      33 Q17 is def­i­nitely an option for Black. I think the rea­son I chose not to play it is because of my study of the Chi­nese open­ing. Tak­ing the cor­ner allows White to attach at R15 to start mak­ing sabaki in an area where Black is strong. In addi­tion, from my under­stand­ing, the rea­son the knight’s move is the nor­mal response in this sce­nario is because you would like to make use of the pin­cer stone at L16 while eas­ily mak­ing territory.

      • Spot

        If r15, you can make an empty tri­an­gle and cut.

        • http://www.bengozen.com/ Ben

          Fas­ci­nat­ing. Those kind of moves just don’t occur to me. I’ll try and remem­ber that next time!

  • MolokaiCow­boy

    At Move 105 you say White is 20 points ahead. I can see White is ahead — but did you make this esti­mate dur­ing the game, Ben? If so, some insight on how you arrived at that num­ber, please.

    • http://www.bengozen.com/ Ben

      Good ques­tion. To be hon­est, this par­tic­u­lar analy­sis was made using SE since I didn’t actu­ally count in the game. For most of this game in par­tic­u­lar, it was more by emo­tion than any­thing else (which is actu­ally a really unre­li­able way to judge the board posi­tion). The next time I do an in-game esti­ma­tion though, I’ll be sure to detail it out in the game com­men­tary for you!

  • k43r

    I’d just like to point out, that I dis­agree with move #79. For me it’s begin­ing of endgame, and cor­ners, first! C3 or C2 would be my choice

    • http://www.bengozen.com/ Ben

      Excel­lent point! I was so caught up in being defen­sive of my ter­ri­tory at the time that I failed to real­ize that there were big­ger points on the board to play. Thanks for your advice!

  • steve

    B42N16?

    • steve

      Er B43 :)

      • http://www.bengozen.com/ Ben

        That’s def­i­nitely another option! I think I was more con­cerned with seal­ing White in at the time. How­ever, that cut and ko might actu­ally be good for Black. Didn’t con­sider it at the time!