I’d appreciate a review of a game I played today:
My thoughts on the game:
37: Obvious blunder. I should’ve played G17, but somehow missed the atari.
37-75: This play all feels reasonable to me. I think I’ve gained some ground back since messing up in the top left.
76: I feel like the timing is right here to invade/reduce the top, but maybe not? The move I played invites the split: I was thinking I had enough space to jump deeper if they split me, and then save the group. There’s also some atari with the double hane I think I can use, but I’m not sure what the best way to proceed here is. Perhaps I should play more of a reducing move, since I’m strong on the right? If I can convert that into territory, it’s likely worth more than the middle/top my opponent is building.
88: Is this just making my stones heavy? I had somehow got it in my head that there was too much territory in the middle to give up, but if I’m getting compensation on the sides I should probably throw away my garbage. My opponent revives their stone on the side, so I’m likely coming out worse.
90-164: Big middlegame fight, where I come out worse. After this, I think my opponent is way ahead, and it’s possible I should’ve been dead on a large scale somewhere in the middle. This is the main thing I’d like to avoid in my games: I’m struggling to fight a big fight that I haven’t really read out, because I can’t really read effectively on a large scale like this. Perhaps this is a good indication that I should’ve abandoned the middle stones back around move 88: even if I’m living at the end of this, I’ve gained very little territory and my left side is basically gone.
166-206: Endgame. I pull back a few points, but I’m still substantially behind.
207: My opponent misses an atari and resigns, probably prematurely. I may have a slight edge but the game is very close.
Overall I feel like I’m making reading mistakes and ending up with far too many weak groups. Reading mistakes probably just mean I need to do more tsumego, but I’d appreciate some tips on how I can stay a little stronger, both in this game (e.g: where should I be defending, what stones should I be giving up), and more generally.