need help on my 13x13 and my 19x19
What to your need help with on these board sizes?
how to play them
do really important stuff instead of fighting for small gain.
read openings made easy, to help make openings more easy.
Adapted from Myungwan Kim 9p:
- Take the corners
- Enclose, approach, or invade the corners
- Extend to the sides
- Attack your opponent’s weaknesses
- Defend your own weaknesses
- Who’s got more stones?
- Who’s got more liberties? (Capturing race scenario)
Attacking: Know why you are attacking. Set the aggressiveness of your moves appropriately.
- You can get benefit elsewhere while attacking
- You can kill outright
Invading: There are a few ways to save your stones. In order of preference:
- Counterattack. Disconnect and capture your opponent’s stones. Look for crosscut opportunities. Be aware of capturing races.
- Make a base. Make territory while living.
- Run into the center. Connect to your other stones.
- Live inside, either by making two eyes or maybe seki.
Common kyu-player mistakes
- Not thinking. Think 3 seconds at minimum before playing a move. You will catch a high number of your mistakes this way (it’s too easy in online games not to spend 3 seconds!).
- Focusing too much on one area. Don’t follow your opponent blindly. Always look for ways to take sente.
Becoming dan level
- Read. Always read 3 moves: your move, your opponent’s likely response, and how you will respond next.
- Always look for weaknesses in your opponent’s stones
- Try to make your stones globally efficient. Try to make your opponent’s stones inefficient.
Difference between territory and influence
- Territory is cash, worth the same in the beginning the game as at the end of the game.
- Influence is an investment for the future. It might not be useful near the end of the game, but it’s more valuable earlier in the game.
Making a Move
- Evaluate your position. Are you winning or losing? Play more aggressively if losing; play safely if winning. Where are you strong or weak? Where is your opponent strong or weak?
- Generate candidate moves
- Read through the likely outcome
- Evaluate the outcomes
- Compare the outcomes
- Choose the move that will let you win
Can I challenge someone for 19x19