Commentary 8    

White: Murase Shuho Black: Honinbo Shuwa (wins by 6)

5th of 5th month, same year (1871-06-22)

1 ~ 100

Playing White 26 even at a distance after playing White 24 helps this single stone, and is very effective when it has to live. Also, inserting White 28 and 30 before playing White 32 is an interesting idea.

Black 33 is somewhat slack, and after the game Master Shuwa said that if this 33 is at A, then when White plays B and Black C, Black's posture is very good. It is not that he did not realise this, but because his opponent was Shuho, he had to consider that if he played A, White would not play the usual B but might descend immediately at C. If so, he could not come to a conclusion about the variations at that point. So, basically, he played this way, knowing it was a slack move, because he had Black, he said.

White 34 suddenly exposes a lost position. If he had simply played at D and let Black keep sente, he could wait to see what might transpire and play accordingly. The position at this point sees both sides in a stand-off and it is probably not possible yet to assess the outcome. But by playing the way he did, Black can play 35 and 37 and then follow up with 39 and 41, and by the time he has played 45, Black's shape has become thick, so that White naturally seems thin in the centre. He could not help but play 46 and so ended up in gote. Black then immediately occupied 47. Now, having lost this important point and let Black get there first, White no longer has anywhere else worthwhile to start a fight, and so he has to throw up his hands and give up any thoughts of winning.

101 ~ 131

Book II-23a (Sgf version: sgf)


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