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On 2007-07-14 at 21:59,
My game against technolion:
was bad, as can be seen in the next move,
would have been better ?!
On 2007-07-18 at 21:05,
might have been a mistake, but ab's suggestions still don't look winning:
, and then I don't see a winning line across the bottom. You could go one further downstream from m9: |
, and that looks like a potential winner across the bottom:
. The only problem with that is that technolion's smart enough not to play
. He would probably play something like
, which is both an effective downstream peg for the
ladder, and creates enough strength across the bottom.
So let's look at the slow meltdown that led to this. First,
is a 1-5 gap from i11, and you have to be careful about the 1-5 defense because the 2-5 and 4-5 gaps, as counter-defenses, are so strong. Technolion went ahead and took advantage of this. The distance between the white pegs as of |
is 2-5. Ab can still get past this peg with the typical 0-3 counter-defense, |
, but at the expense of committing himself to a line thru j16, which is a deal that technolion is more than willing to take. It's a long way to the right side.
would have been better. This would force a response like
, and maybe you could even push it a little:
, for example. Then you have made it harder for technolion to go up the right side of the board—effectively, using the same strategy he used against you: commit him to a line, and then cut it off. Next move: maybe
. Technolion still might have the upper hand, but it looks, to me, like a much closer contest than what actually happened.
Disclaimer: with such early moves, and so much empty space, it's hard to be absolutely sure of any of this.
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