In his “Go Dojo” software Bruce Wilcox refers to this shape as an edge-crush: a third-line stone surrounded with the shape White has here is a sure kill however… the crushing stones must have enough liberties during the ensuing fight If the White stones cannot handle Black’s efforts to fight back then the edge-crush does not work. We will discuss […]
The Edge Crush in Baduk
“ALL professionals know better: in … Middle Game, territory is not important, but strength and weakness of groups [is]”. A review of my game today.
The following quote is very relevant to the game I just lost: In ancient China, people were not scoring territory at all, but instead just the stones on the board. So originally, Go was about “gaining life for as many stones as possible” instead of territory. Building a territory – i.e. an area where no opponent’s stones are able to live – […]
There’s that shape again: 2 games in a row – the old knight’s move in a weak position
I wasn’t going to say anything. But when I saw THE SAME WEAKNESS 2 games in a row, I had to say something. So in my most recent game, I came to this position where White had just played this: Then both sides played a few moves to solidify their position (even though KataGo was screaming attack the weak shape […]
Is there a common name for “kosumi leaning against iron pillar”?
I was recently playing this game and upon reviewing it I came to this position: As you can see it has an attack point at “X” – this shape often also occurs in corner joseki’s and also has the same attack point: After searching through Sensei’s we see both iron pillar and kosumi on the shape attack points page but […]
A Pattern Re-Emerges – the 2-on-2 stone formation
Not even 4 days ago I played a game and after studying it in katago, I came to move 73 and was so astonished at the pure savagery that could occur in an innocent position that I posted the position on reddit. I am going to highlight what I call “the 2-on-2 stone formation’: So, just yesterday I was playing […]