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Game number: Main Page
White: David J Bush    Black: bob440
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On 2020-11-13 at 20:48, bob440 (info) said:
looks like |14.g7 would have been a lot better

On 2020-11-14 at 01:26, Peyrol (info) said:
g7 was a more crucial line, but |14.g7 15.h8 16.i8 17.j9 or 16.h9 17.i7 18.j8 19.k8 or 18.k9 trying to force a draw 19.j9 20.l11 21.k13 or 20.i11 21.l10 and white can connect.

Black should have started another battle along the bottom. For example |8.p15 would have threatened either black O9 or K17. The top left corner was very difficult to read if you do not already know about the H8 trick, but it is also important to develop an overall sense of positional balance. So try looking for moves like P15 in the opening.

On 2020-11-14 at 02:38, bob440 (info) said:
well, in retrospect, I'll concede the point

but, at the time, white was pressing so hard across the top that it seemed defense was the best, if not the only, option

attempting to open a new front across the bottom while leaving the upper right totally undefended is not an intuitively obvious successful ploy

On 2020-11-14 at 05:06, Peyrol (info) said:
Heh it's like what Sherlock Holmes said. When you eliminate the impossible, what remains, however improbable, must be the truth. It's okay to be willing to abandon a three peg investment in the top half with |8.p15 when you have all that open space beckoning to you in the bottom half. I don't know who would have been winning in that branch, but ignoring half the board is not likely to work against me. Over time your intuition will adapt. Of course tactics are extremely important, but the sooner you start to think in terms of the whole board, the better.

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