Commentary 3    

White: Honinbo Shuwa
Black: Murase Yakichi (wins by 8)

5th of same month (1860-12-16), same venue

1 ~ 100

White 14 is interesting. If Black answers this, he would ordinarily play at 22, but then White's two-space extension to 84 would be slightly more effective. So Black also varies and attaches at 15 then plays 17, so that White now changes tack and plays 18.

White 46 is an extraordinary move, to torment the opponent by probing how he will respond, seeing whether he will be active or passive. But Black does not respond and unexpectedly continues with 47, which was extremely good. Master Shuwa said, "Once Black played this, I realised White 46 was an overplay. I should have first pushed quietly at 47 and then looked for some other way to play.

Black 49 was not appropriate. It was better to play simply at 53. Then, by pushing against White's three stones he can solidify his shape. Instead, the effect of the splendid turn at 47 is diminished.

White 70 is most inappropriate, and after the game Master Shuwa said, "This is the sort of move White plays against a much inferior opponent. It can be called a trifling move. If I had extended a little further and played at 71, the position would have been good. Because I did not go there, I let Black play 71 and then there was no way to get settled, and regrettably my overall position crumbled. In view of that, this move can be called the losing move in this game."

101 ~ 231

Book II-18a (Sgf version: sgf)


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