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From the OP That said, I am still at a stage where I have to mostly read the sequence in my mind and keep track of outside liberties, shared liberties, eye liberties, etc., which is slow and error-prone. This is good for you as long as you know how to kill/live in certain shapes. Reading is very important in all aspects of Go and this is a good time ...


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There's also an extremely thorough coverage of semeai in "The Second Book of Go". It's out of print, but it looks like there are used copies available.


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Online-go.com has two bots to play and you don't need an account. The levels of the bots are 26 kyu and 13 kyu. Also the bots are always available to play To challenge a bot: Go to online-go.com click game lobby and chat on the sidebar. Click new game which is located by the bottom left of the chat box A popup will appear on your screen, click in the top ...


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In a normal joseki, with the stone on the third line, Black would just want to play the attachment, and that's it. In the above (handicap) joseki, the stone is on the 4-4 point, on the fourth line, which is to say that it is further from the side, and actually a bit WEAKER than in the other case. So in this case, Black doesn't mind "retreating," and ...


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The main reason why I think you think this is good is because this joseki looks a lot like another familiar 3-4 joseki: http://josekipedia.com/#path:qdodocncpcndqfjd $$ Good possibilities $$ --------------| $$ . . . . . . . | $$ . . . . . . . | $$ . X . X . . . | $$ . . . , X . . | $$ . . . O X . . | $$ . a . O O . . | $$ . . . . . . . | $$ . . . c b . . | ...


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As always it's difficult to give a categorical answer (to say the least), but here are some aspects which I think are relevant. (By the way I am not a strong player so there probably is a better answer) First, contact moves reinforce the adversary and this is exactly what happens in the variation you prefer: white makes good shape with the tiger mouth and ...


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Early in my Go education I played black with a 4 stone handicap on a 13x13 board. My opponent invaded the 3,3 point in all four corners, and I played the Joseki perfectly - but lost miserably. On a 19x19 board I would have been in healthy shape with tremendous influence into the centre, as well as 4 half-sides, instead of owning a tiny area barely half ...



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