David J Bush
This game (LG)
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On 2007-07-20 at 02:20,
seems to be David's new favorite first move. It's one of my favorites, too. I'll skip the rest of the opening moves, because I can't remember back that far... Okay, on to the mid-game!
At move 16, I knew that the ladder chase to the lower right from the threat of |
didn't work, so I formed a plan along the lines of |
. I felt I was winning.
But somehow, something David did on the left, starting with his |
, made that not work. I wonder if he knew that, and if so, how he thought it up. In any case, it wasn't until after I played |
that I realized the original plan was broken. The new, broken plan looked more like this: |
, which would have been a sad ending indeed. The Twixt roller-coaster had bottomed out.
Despondent, my next few moves, |
, were purely defensive "what the heck, it can't make things worse" moves. I wonder if David thought I had a plan. Hoping to come up with a working plan later, I looked for an alternative to |
that would give me the most strength on the right. That's what that crazy-looking |
is all about, in case you were wondering.
Right around |
, it occurred to me that the ladder chase from |
might not be so bad, after all, because at the end of it I could play s21, which is also a downstream peg from my large group on the left. Score! The roller-coaster is up again.
Sudden dip in the roller coaster as I realized that my plan might end in |
, and I started to regret |
. But then I realized that |
closed that gap, and had the same effect. That was actually a pretty quick realization, because I know that the coign defense, |
, has a similar effect to just advancing the 0-2 ladder chase: |
. But in this case, without the dangerous gap.
Unfortunately, David had the final clever move, which I didn't see coming until he played it. It's a double threat: |
, or |
. I took some time to scout for all the downstream pegs from L20, but I proved to myself that there is no overlap between them and the moves that break the u20 threat. Game over.
In hindsight, |
was probably better than |
, but it's not close enough to that 2-5 gap (m15-r13), so it probably didn't make a difference. If I made a mistake, it might have been as far back as my response to |
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