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Post #181 Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:15 pm 
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I won't discuss the reading mistakes of a blitz game, such as the snapback. On the more intuitive goods and bads:

Bad:

take away base before surrounding, or when there is no base already: 26, 36
defending against no threat: 44, 154, 194, 196, 198
"if you don't answer, I cut" aka thank you move: 54, 92 and in particular peep where you can cut: 56, 98

Good:

cut on a large scale: 64, 112
surround on a large scale: 84, 150, 152
sacrifice: 138 and following
in general, playing consistent with your previous moves

You have obviously greatly improved in large scale attacking but the skill is fresh: when the going gets tough, you play defensive moves where there is no danger.

Becoming consistent with earlier play is a great, subconscious achievement. I remember you showed a lack of persistence in the beginning, leaving business unfinished. Your timing of when to play elsewhere and when to continue seems to have improved a lot.

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Post #182 Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:12 pm 
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A few comments. :)



BTW, [] brackets inside a comment, such as "Spoonsy[7k]:" violates SGF grammar.

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Post #183 Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:56 am 
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Thanks for the comments!
Yes things like the snapback are pretty silly but it happens in Blitz. Although I did see the snapback once he disconnected, but for some unknown reason I played it out anyway.
I've worked on no longer playing thank-you moves for a while, it seems it's coming back into my games now, I'll be weary of those!

Lack of experience is probably my biggest weakness in attacking, like you say it's still fresh and at times I play some weird 25 kyu moves. I shouldn't get scared so easily to defend, instead read out and be confident there's nothing there.

Happy to hear I've improved in those areas I didn't specifically worked on, but more subcounsciously like you say.

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Yeah I don't know how the sgf file got so weird. I just copy-pasted it from a download from KGS.
Funny, at move 16 I had just received a criticism from my last game that I played wrongly. Now I didn't hesitate to do so, but because I didn't understand the reasons why behind it, this time it was the "bad" move. Go is funny like that :)
Thanks for the variations. They're all quite clear if I see them like that. Except the last one, that one goes way too deep to ever see in the actual game for me :shock: :D

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Post #184 Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:04 am 
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Ian Butler wrote:
Thanks for the variations. They're all quite clear if I see them like that. Except the last one, that one goes way too deep to ever see in the actual game for me :shock: :D


The key in the corner is that when ataried the 2-2 stone should descend to the first line. That is very very often the case. Then capturing it makes only one eye. Small life in the corner is not good enough for Black, so he should not have pursued it.

The second key point is the throw in at Q-19, which takes away a potential eye with sente. That is also something that comes up often.

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Post #185 Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:22 am 
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I think I'm in an interesting stage of my go-development. I've been playing the game (re-playing rather) for about 6 months now, and in those six months I have to admit I've improved more than I thought. Yet as I improved faster, I only hoped to kept going like that.
I've been developing my weaknesses the last few weeks, but I also feel my general strength has not improved as much anymore. It almost feels like a small plateau, but it's probably too early to call it that. In fact, it's probably in my mind only.

And it's only logical that you don't increase stones as quickly as in the beginning. Because I go from 20 kyu to 10 kyu in 6 months, shouldn't mean I go from 10 kyu to 1 dan in another six months and from 1 dan to 3p in another six :lol:
Can't thank Bill enough for his words, that weekly echo in my thoughts and soothe me: "don't even think about your rank until you've played at least a year"

But still, I'm in a little bit of a rut. I have 3 busy weeks coming up and my Go practice is not pretty much contained to daily L&D problems and a few games a week. It's starting to feel like "work" and sometimes, for the first time since starting to play, it feels a bit boring, doing the L&D and not seeing the results of it immediately in my playing.
Also the fact I "only" spend 1 hour, sometimes 2 hours a day on Go, coming from 4-5 hours a day, feels like I'm slacking off and losing my focus.

But I guess that is something every Go player goes through from time to time. Maybe it's time for me to read another more strategic book, or replay some more pro games. Just to keep things fun, even if it's not effecient use of my time.

Anyhow, in July and August I have about 7 weeks off work, and I do plan to spend quite some time of that on Go. So I shouldn't let these busy weeks get me down (sometimes my work needs some attention, too :oops: ) and rather enjoy the "break" from heavy Go-training instead of feeling guilty!

/rambling off.

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Post #186 Posted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 12:38 pm 
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Finished Jump Level Up 2. Instead of doing the tests, I'm going to do the entire book again. I feel it won't hurt to redo it!


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