I had this correspondence game.
I made a review
to write my toughts and to check them with KataGo (I use LizGoban as well as OGS AI).
The overall picture is that both players made many slow and weak moves, continuously making gifts to the opponent (so kind of us! :D).
I found many mistakes in my play:
- I chose a wrong approach in BL corner.
- I left incomplete that joseki (I don’t know josekis).
- I missed an opportunity of threatening to kill the 3-3 invasion in TR corner with a ko.
- I tried to build in the middle but wasn’t consistent and I built very little.
- I made a lot of slow and small moves.
But my bigger doubt is about the whole picture: until move 88 the winrate graph is a rollercoaster, but (thanks to my opponent) always comes back to about 50% and the score chart is completely flat, so I’d say that the game was quite even.
Could we say that I lost this game because of endgame?
Obviously, if I hadn’t made so many mistakes before, my winrate would have been better and I would have been ahead and later mistakes wouldn’t have been so important for the outcome.
So I’m asking myself (and asking you): should I improve my fuseki and middle game before worrying about endgame or the opposite, should I improve my endgame to have it’s strenght comparable with the others?
(BTW… this is weird:
this wasn’t definitely a game between 2k and 1k)
((I am also surprised that the new ranks were applied to previous game chat… I thought the chat were written at the moment and never updated anymore))