Monday Go Meditation: Game 63


For this week, I’ve decided to honor a request made by my friend Rob who asked that I review the game that was the cause for my post on being con­fused. Though I haven’t been com­ment­ing on games from YSD, I’ve decided to make an excep­tion for this one.

Just to note though, any spe­cific insight that was taught by Inseong is with­held from the com­men­tary in order to respect other member’s paid mem­ber­ships. So while I will com­ment on what I under­stood on my own, any spe­cific details will be omit­ted in this review.

Hope you enjoy this review!

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One Point Lesson

Even when you are just about to win the game, the slight­est mis­step could mean utter defeat if you are not careful.

Game Sum­mary

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1,Opening,Move 39 — This move is the only one I’m “proud” of since it took full advan­tage of White’s mis­take in this joseki.,Move 19 and 29 — Both these moves were bad since I was unable to pun­ish White for his mis­take in the joseki.
2,Attack and Defense,Move 97 — Rec­og­niz­ing that my group was in trou­ble and defend­ing it was a rather proud moment since I might have nor­mally left it alone.,Move 19 and 29 — These moves are worth men­tion­ing again since they were missed oppor­tu­ni­ties to attack White early on.
3,Shape,Move 65 — Get­ting this shape point allowed me the chance to start gain­ing the upper hand in this game.,“Move 95 — Though it looks like good shape here, I con­sider this a bad move since the shape gave me lit­tle value on the board as a whole.“
4,Strategy,Move 53 — Try­ing to remove White’s base in order to attack White seems to be a key moment to why I was able to gain an advan­tage in the game., Move 93–95 — Con­tin­u­ing to try and kill it in such a direct man­ner how­ever was a mis­take.
5,Overall Read­ing,Move 271 — Being able to calmly choose the cor­rect move instead of the auto­matic move I might have made nor­mally was another proud moment.,Move 111 — Con­nect­ing here out of fear still shows the imma­tu­rity of my read­ing.
6,Endgame,Move 143 — Rec­og­niz­ing that I could start the endgame since I was ahead was some­thing I was unable to do before.,Move 237 — Defend­ing directly here was a mis­take that gave White three extra points.

  • Machi­nato

    Thanks, Ben. Superb game fol­lowed by one of the best dis­cus­sions ever drafted! Absolutely superb. Thanks for going the extra mile ro insure every­body can eas­ily under­stand plus the attached “good” and “bad” move in invalu­able. Must have taken you a solid 10-hours to per­form Akkad of this very pro­fes­sional effort but I can tell you, “The slow­est ship in the con­voy” under­stands. I plan on keep­ing this one for many years. :)

    • Ben

      You’re wel­come Rob! I’m glad that all my hard work has been worth it. If there’s ever any­thing else that I can do to improve your expe­ri­ence here, please don’t hes­i­tate to let me know!

  • Marek Jasovsky

    beau­ti­ful and thrilling game! gan­batte, kudasai

    • Ben

      Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it.

  • Paul

    I knew I’d seen 19 in a pro­fes­sional game before, and a quick search reveals it cer­tainly gets played. 29/39 shows up as well, though rarely and essen­tially only when white wants to jump to O5. Nei­ther of white’s fol­lowups were joseki anyways.

    19 leaves behind the weak­ness at E17 which you exploited, but appar­ently hav­ing to avoid expos­ing the weak­ness is playable.

    Some moves are joseki mis­takes with known refu­ta­tions. But some­times it’s a less trav­eled path that isn’t inher­ently infe­rior. Per­son­ally, I try to approach unknown moves with cau­tion as I step off into the unknown rather than any­thing to punish.

    • Ben

      You make excel­lent points. I guess it’s not so much that they are “wrong” per say, but more along the lines of that my lines of think­ing behind them was wrong. So even though they might have been played before in pro games, the ratio­nale behind them doesn’t match up so it’s not a good comparison.

      And also, it’s not so much that I wanted to “pun­ish” the joseki, but I really should have known bet­ter to take advan­tage of the sit­u­a­tion because it’s not as if the con­cepts are for­eign to me. I just ignored my first instinct.

      Though on the upside, it’s good to know my “cre­ativ­ity” wasn’t com­pletely crazy. Haha. Thanks for research­ing and shar­ing your findings!

      • Paul

        Sigh, I can’t count 😉

        I was refer­ring to your comments/‘bad moves’, but actu­ally meant white 10/14/22. 10 seems ‘almost’ joseki and the oth­ers are good enough to war­rant occa­sional pro­fes­sional play. My com­ment was intended to be advise not to get to caught up in ‘pun­ish­ing’ joseki mistakes

        • Ben

          Well if we learn any­thing about pro­fes­sional play, it is that they usu­ally have some deep read­ing or strat­egy behind it. I think it’s impor­tant to remem­ber that most of the times ama­teur play­ers play moves like this as a mis­take instead of using it for some spe­cial pur­pose. And so vice versa, I need to be able to take advan­tage of a joseki mis­take when an oppo­nent makes it. All part of build­ing a strong foun­da­tion before ven­tur­ing off into the uncharted ter­ri­tory of weird moves. Haha.

          • Paul

            Cer­tainly W14/22 is a bit spe­cial pur­pose, but W10 does get played in very open boards. White ends up look­ing pressed low under the nor­mal joseki, all down on the third line. If you can play on the fourth line and defend the cut, why not? It also cre­ates some height to bet­ter sup­port a peep at your tiger mouth.

            Pro­fes­sion­als also have deeper reader and strat­egy when choos­ing a com­mon joseki. And we make many mis­takes fol­low­ing up on joseki moves at our level.

            I guess my point is that rather than think­ing a com­mon joseki means the oppo­nent is fine here, and an uncom­mon move mean­ing there’s some­thing to exploit here, you should try to find fol­lowups to make the move look bad either way. And also know that you might not get bet­ter than a bal­anced out­come either way. If that hap­pens you didn’t ‘miss an oppor­tu­nity’ to pun­ish nec­es­sar­ily, they just played a rea­son­able exchange.

          • Ben

            Great point. It’s cer­tainly some­thing I will keep in mind in the future. Thanks for your advice man. It’s always a plea­sure to have your input on dis­cus­sions like this.