David J Bush
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On 2009-12-04 at 17:15,
David J Bush
, threatening o7 or j13, would have made better use of the board than i17.
was sloppy. A cleaner path was |
, for example
was a big mistake. |
would have been much better:
is similar to the game continuation, OR
probably wins for black, but I had hopes to hustle a win anyway. These same complications are examined later in this comment, in the |
hoping that Steve would fall for
but he didn't cooperate.
would have shut me down. For example
the crucial line appears to be
and black wins, but w15 is the sort of ridiculous saving move that makes Twixt so insane. Maybe there were other winning moves for black besides w15.
was an excellent judgement call. I cannot use e13 as part of a "pincer" attack on the top left, because e13 is barely able to hold the position on the bottom left, and if I try to burden it with more duties up top, it will be overloaded. In fact that is what happened in the game. But I think I still could have won here.
was awful. I was fixated on the line
but the more fundamental problem was, I got lazy. I had won against Klaus, I felt I was winning against spd_iv, and I just didn't look at all the resources my opponent had.
looks much better for me.
Steven was communicating to me that he full well understood the weakness in my position, but with so much at stake I continued to cling to any hope I could find.
In the final position, I finally see that g10 is a double link for black. With my illusion destroyed, I resigned.
On 2009-12-06 at 08:21,
This game is a good example to all players who want to see the possibilities of defense outside the cardinal lines. Many players in white's position might have given up after move
by black thinking the left side was lost. I felt I had such a strong position that the rest of the game would be a cake walk, but David quickly quashed my optimism. Even after
I was still feeling confident in my position. I knew David could go straight up the left side with the threat of breaking back towards the middle with several supporting pegs through the middle. I did not realize the weakness of my peg at
until David brought it to my attention at move
. Fortunately for me I ended up having enough resources in the upper left quadrant to threaten to connect with the lower right anchor and still make it across the top.
David comments that "|
" looked better to him, but
seems a solid answer.
Also, David talks about move
being a cleaner choice, but
seems quite playable for black.
On 2009-12-06 at 15:26,
David J Bush
does not work, but what about
And earlier in the game,
looks very good for white.
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