I was browsing games on OGS, and ran into this player, who kept using the same strategy against noob_bot_3 (19k)
This player started by making one large group in the shape of an X with the center at tengen, and then stretching limbs into the other quadrants, slowly poking at their opponent’s eye-space. Because the big X had so many liberties, they could advance fearlessly, and noob-bot kept losing big chunks of the board.
I’m guessing that a more advanced player could probably secure their corners more effectively and defeat this tactic, but I was still impressed by this approach - which I’d never seen before.
Am I just out of the loop? Is this a well known strategy? Or is this something original that this player came up with?
Yeah I guess if the player went to refine their strategy where instead of playing nobi/extensions all the time, they added in some jumps, one point, two point, knights moves of different sizes, they could end up at something like a Great Wall.
I’m not that strong… but I took a look at a couple of games and to it’s just that noob_bot keeps doing the “weak AI”-thing. Like playing randomly when 6,7 stones groups are in Atari or not doing obvious things like blocking the scary X group when it’s advancing on its stones.
But I really think the games in this account interesting. Like. Building big walls one stone at a time seems to be the first obvious thing to do to create territory.
The games where the users loses against the bot are interesting too. They are trying to build a big moyo in t he centre. It obviously does not work that well… but the games start looking more “normal”
Maybe that player is a child? They play very quickly (games against the bot only take 10-15 minutes total). The way they play also reminds me of how some child beginners play.
At their apparent level, I would recommend playing on smaller boards. Them playing on 19x19 instead may be an indication of them being from the Far East, where beginners playing on small boards is not as common as in the West.
Reminds me of the time I started playing Go with my dad. I always took the fourth lines of right and left sides in my first 38 moves. Clearly two sides are not enough points so I always lost. But I’m not unhappy if I lost; I only went mad if he prevented me from building the great walls.