Every once in a while I run into a website devoted to an interest so quirky it’s fascinating:
Vintage Ceiling fans: http://ada19851985.proboards.com/thread/8937/patton-u2-1887
Eating carrots: http://orangeman.commo.de/
This web page has been taken down, but just for you I found it in the wayback machine:
I subscribe to a great tsumego site called GoChild. The name is kind of goofy to the American ear, because it’s by a Chinese developer, but it’s a cool site for a reasonable $12 a year.
Unfortunately there’s no way that I can find to link to a specific problem. The one I want to talk about is filed under Entrance Level
Capture and capturing
It’s not a hard problem, but I want to point out the pattern that this problem follows.
Black is to capture. White has two groups that have just two liberties (are in pre-atari). A black stone sits in the corner separating the two groups. Black attacks one of the groups, gaining a liberty in the process for the attacking stone which is now two stones. Then his attacking group is big enough that the white stones can be folded around it in a ladder.
Here’s a thing I don’t want to forget:
Outside english can counteract throw due to a thin cut. So if I’m afraid a thin cut won’t quite work, I can use outside english. This is especially a gimme if the cue ball doesn’t have to travel far and the cue ball aim line won’t be too messed up by the english effects.
As always, Dr. Dave has a great video.
I saw this quote somewhere recently:
“Go is not a territory destroying game.” Writer goes on to say that building territory should be the focus.
I wonder. It seems to me that after the opening, I’m either trying to consolidate the territory I’ve made, or to destroy the excess territory that my opponent managed to grab. That second category seems a lot like “territory destroying games” to me.
I’ve been unable to draw the ball consistently. Here’s a few reasons, and I think they come and go for me.
Drill from SM
By blocking one liberty of the D16 string, White creates a miai situation for Black. Both D16 string and F14 have just two liberties now. If Black tries to connect up the D16 string, White gets to take the F14 string. Likewise if Black tries to connect to his F14 string. B-E15 makes a more complicated fight, but I think W can get a reasonable outcome with it.