Hello people of Tucson and elsewhere! In my recent experiences of the Internet, I had the luck to run into an excellent lecture; perhaps the best lecture I have ever watched concerning go. This lecture is by In-seong Hwang 7dan over in Europe. It does a good job at advertising the ASR League, maybe we should look into that as a method to improve our go over silly blitz games where nothing is on the line.
In summary, Hwang notes 4 different important principles of the opening and how to attack groups.
- Of the opening, you always want to play the urgent move before claiming any territory. Urgent moves are defined as moves that either make a base for your group (making your group safe) or break a base of your opponent. Even more important is a move that does both!
- Next is if the opponent approaches your corner stone, do not care about the corner, but rather which side is important and you want to build. If you want the opposite side that was approached, you answer, and if you want the side played you pincer.
- Build influence can be a good strategy, but it is most important that if you do so you should extend from the influence. Your opponent playing in the shadow of your influence first nullifies the usefulness of the stones.
- Finally, if you see your opponent with a fourth line stone left open, approach it on the third line because it may threaten to remove the base or a large amount of territory, and the exchange from a response is usually quite good.
For attacking, Hwang points out the best attacking strategy is to think about which ways you can chase your opponent, how to apply forcing moves that necessitate a local response (if opponent ops to save weak group from attack, you can make enough points by following up on the forcing move), and once enough backup has been produced for the direction you want to chase a weak group, to strike! Of course, actual fights may not be so easy to read out, but watch the examples in the lecture and try it out in your next game. Most importantly, you shouldn’t attack immediately, rather make preparations elsewhere first.