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.