Most of this game was fairly peaceful/balanced, with a big fight at the end that decided the game. I won, but I think I did so only because of a blunder by my opponent near the end of the game. They turned when they were supposed to descend, and had a bad time.
I think that stemmed largely from not paying enough attention to my shape while I was attacking, and focusing too much on killing black at the top. I surrounded black’s group, but did so with a small knight’s move. My major jeopardy at the end came from black simply cutting that connection. If the cutting stones had lived, and the probably should’ve, black would have won.
If I simply made a one space extension, I don’t think black can cut me. If my stones are never in danger of being cut, then black doesn’t have room (I think?) to make two eyes. After that, if I had focused on making good shape and keeping black sealed in, I probably could’ve won on territory even if I hadn’t killed black’s group at the top. Instead, I focused on taking away black’s liberties, which could’ve/should’ve backfired.
Is that a reasonable assessment of this game?
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