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Friday, July 01, 2005

Linux, Definition, and, of course, Go

Yeah! Got a copy of Ubuntu 5.04 today. Gonna try and install it, hope to get the goddamn computer to recognised the goddamn modem, and then I can stop using the goddamn MS connection.

That is, if I can drag myself from the usual complement of weekend go and thesis. On the philosophy side, I'm building up an argument of cunning brilliance concerning the definition of the State, slowly working from the Montevideo Convention of 1933, a detour into the difference between government and the State, a dip into anthopology, then to Max Weber, Europe 1000AD, Bookchin and finally arriving at hierarchy. To be followed by posing exciting questions such as, "Is a church a State?", "Are empires States?"

On the go side, about two weeks ago I played a three dan on scratch, lost by eight points. Anyway, in the fuseki (see pic below), I don't know whether my move at Black 9 was right. Should I have attacked from the right? M3 or N3? If you have an idea, leave a comment.

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This is one of those freaky difficult direction of play thingymajigs. Hmmm.



  • maybe 11 is wrong. it gives white sente to play on the right side, and the extension at 9, forcing white 10 has amplified the value of white's moves on that side.

    what happens if you don't take black 11, play on the right side and white invades in the bottom left corner? how bad is it? and, associated question: where, on the right, would you play?

    By Anonymous Dale, At 9:22 am  

  • 11 may be ill-timed, perhaps approaching white's top right, maybe on the 3-4 point, although that may lead to complications if white were to choose the taisha, for example. a 5-4 approach may be better.

    While 11 sowed up a heck of a lot of points, it might have waited. An invasion to early (3-3, 3-5) wouldn't be in white's interest. Still, hard to pass up all those points.

    By Blogger Tristen, At 9:57 am  

  • My money is on M3 - you can get the same width extension on either side, so why extend from 1 stone when you can extend from 2?

    As for 11, it makes sense as it's consistent with 9. Playing on the right is also fine, but then I'd omit the 9-10 exchange.

    Btw, great blog!

    By Anonymous Konrad, At 4:57 pm  

  • I think appraching from the left is better than M3 or N3 on the right. Your stones on the right are already stable - approaching from the left strengthens your lone hoshi stone (making a double wing), pushes white up against your strong position and allows you to play 11 before he can invade your double-wing. I don't think there's anything wrong with this way of playing at all. But, then again, I'm still 5k ;)

    By Anonymous Steve, At 8:14 am  

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