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White: David J Bush    Black: shyryan (LG) | This game (LG) | Download JTwixt file
On 2020-07-25 at 20:00, shyryan (info) said:
I think I did |10.i8 thinking that 11.f8 12.g3 would be okay, but then 13.g12.

So I tried to hammer at |12.j11. It didn't help.

I wonder if something at the top would be better for 12? Or maybe 8 needed to be in the lower left somewhere?

On 2020-07-29 at 01:21, Peyrol (info) said:
After white S17 I don't see a way for you to directly challenge P13's connection to the bottom. For example

|6.r15 7.r14 8.q17 9.t15 10.s21 11.q18 12.p20 13.s22

Your P11 was the right idea, block me on the top half, but maybe it was too close, and it doesn't coordinate with O18 very well. How about |6.n8 with the idea of Black R13 or maybe black R12 as a double threat to connect to either N8 or O18. For example

7.p8 8.r12 9.q11 10.r20 11.t20 12.v20 13.r19 14.q18 15.u22 16.r16 17.r15 18.q14

So instead, white should shift to the right side, maybe 7.i11 and at least now black looks in better shape to try an attack at the top right. 8.h7 maybe. But maybe black was already lost after O18. I certainly don't know, and I have seen stronger players than myself make opening moves similar to O18, but |4.o9 IMO looks better positionally because you are spreading your pegs across the board to make new threats instead of continuing a single battle.

On 2020-07-29 at 01:24, Peyrol (info) said:
Uh I meant "white should shift to the left side"

On 2020-07-30 at 14:14, shyryan (info) said:
Question about your suggestion of |6.n8 7.p8 8.r12.

Black R12 is (4,4) from black N8, and (3,6) from black O18. When you look at a move like R12 in the opening, are you taking these specific relationships into account, or are you just looking for something *around* that part of the board that might link up on the top or bottom?

What about the relationship between R12 and white S17 - is the fact that it's (6,1) away significant, or is it enough that it's in line to block that peg, or is its relationship there only coincidental to the broader black strategy? You also suggested R13 as a potential move, which is Achilles in relation to S17. Does that guide your selection?

I guess in other words, how granular is your thinking at this stage? Are you looking at the board in a big-picture way, just trying to identify which zone to play in, or are you also thinking tactically — and if the latter, what are you taking into consideration to make your tactical decisions?

On 2020-07-30 at 14:37, Peyrol (info) said:
Oh I have to work out all the tactics, at least on the right side, to choose a move such as |6.n8 7.p8 8.r12 . I'm looking at the very specific black threats of P9 and R20. Yes I mentioned R13 but on second thought I don't like how 8.r13 9.r12 turns out. And I was just talking about right side tactics. In an actual game it would probably be wiser to play 8.o6 first, to improve connection to the left as much as possible, forcing white to block the top right in a way that cannot defeat my R12 threat. So O6 is white's punishment for not playing something like i11 right away. I hope that makes sense.

On 2020-07-30 at 15:04, Peyrol (info) said:
I should justify my claims:
6.n8 7.p8 8.o6 9.n9 10.m10 11.m11 12.q5 13.l9 14.k7
or 11.r7 12.r12
or 9.i11 10.h7

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