I don’t have a flag yet. I considered posting a picture of the ginger cat that I grew up with and is close and dear to my heart. But I don’t know if it qualifies as a flag, or if anyone would want to see it.
As for the first move, I support the idea that each corner is shared by two people to begin with. This seems to me like the most natural and balanced way to start.
Fair enough. I guess I wanted to express that go ranks don’t necessarily mean much here. This is a very different game. I would argue that negotiation skills are even more important than experience in traditional go.
To clarify, my boards above were just meant to be a starting off point for further discussion. I plopped some stones down randomly to see what it looked like.
Apart from the considerations for each player about the local position, which other players are closeby will make a big difference. It’s possible to collaborate with players next to you (with shared “eyes” to strengthen both, like we saw some examples of in the previous game), but the players next to you are also the ones who will have something to gain from capturing you.
White has 2 eyes and red has 4 eyes. But if red and white are working together, they can use A1 as a shared eye. Then white effectively has 3 eyes and red has 5 eyes. A1 functions as an eye since no other player can place a stone with liberties there.