This game (LG)
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On 2007-08-01 at 22:24,
This was a very well-fought game. It might not look like it, but spd_iv really held my feet to the fire, leaving me few choices besides the ones I made.
It's also an example of a squeeze style opening, starting with |
. It's a little unusual, but it seems to work. By |
, I'm restricted to a narrow path. There is very little hope of making a viable threat across the top. A threat across the bottom could still happen, but probably not strongly enough to play it yet. I need to respond with a move that ensures my group's connection to the right side.
It would be easy, at this point, to just simply play something like |
. But then,
, and then I'd have to respond again or he could end my line with R10, and meanwhile that s13 peg forms a gauntlet that threatens to shut down any possibility of making a threat across the bottom. So, how do you guard against s13?
I think my |
accomplishes that. I'm not 100% sure, but if |
, then I'm free to ignore it for one move, and I can still poke thru; for example, |
Of course, at this point I still don't know how spd_iv will choose to block on the left. Maybe there was something better than |
. When I saw that, my first thought was |
, but everything seems to fall apart. The threat of M14 was too strong. I almost gave up and played |
, and hoped for a blunder from my opponent. It took me a long time to find
, because it's not obvious that it should work. Even then, the threat of M14 loomed, but J14 is high enough that L10 can form a double threat.
Maybe there's still something spd_iv can do, but I was relieved to see |
, because I'd mostly worked out that variation in my head. Or, I thought I did. |
came as something of a surprise, but just a few minutes of staring convinced me that |
still worked, just barely, and was the game winning move. Still, he almost fooled me with |
, because |
was my first impulse, which looks winning, but isn't: |
. Fortunately, |
, which I thought led to defeat at first, wins, because of that odd-looking |
(wipes sweat off brow)
On 2020-07-31 at 13:19,
13 years later, very well done!
Maybe Michal could have blocked you with a Medcalf?
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