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Mar
16
comment How far can you safely extend from your own wall?
@naught101 Black stole the edge area from white, so white cannot make eyes there anymore - which sucks, because making eyes in the center is much more difficult (it simply takes more stones to do so). Accordingly, white cannot expect to make many points with this group (because she will probably be busy to keep them alive). I'm not saying the white stones are weak, but they are weaker than they should be, without any gain in exchange - it is simply a poor trade, and white should try to avoid it if possible. In this case, it is relatively simply to avoid without major losses, so why not!
Feb
28
comment What happens in Go if you “take back” a ko before making a ko threat?
I was not aware of that. I thought the rules we used at the EGC (and other tournaments) are official, and did not cover this - or did they? I may have misremembered.
Jan
29
comment Fight - can black stones be killed?
I know there is a book which explains this sort of situation, but I just can't remember which one it was. It also covered why 7 is a mistake (a classic - everyone made it at one point in their Go career, I bet).
Jan
29
comment Fight - can black stones be killed?
In the second to last picture, 7 should be either at 9 or at C3. Once black gets 15, there is absolutely no way to kill it - however, the shown sequence is not correct in several places. For instance, 19 should definitely be at 20, and black can very easily live with 21 at M2, even though he has even better ways.
Jan
28
comment Tsumego intermediate problem 11 - possible without winning ko two times?
Can only agree :)
Jan
25
comment 3-3 invasion into 4-4,6-4
Given your proposed S18, black would just play Q18 and while white is alive, she'd be confined completely and black's outside would have no weaknesses at all (and end in sente, of course). Compare to joseki, in which white gets more points and black gets a weakness (cut) on the outside.
Jan
9
comment CGoban 3 doesn't ask for saving a review!
KGS is not under active development anymore, it seems to have been mostly abandoned. There is a HTML client in the making, which is supposed to replace the Java client, but its progress rate is horrifying, if I may say so.
Dec
19
comment In Settlers of Catan, if you have unrevealed victory point cards that would make you win, are you forced to declare victory?
From my point of view, I guess the remaining concern would only be that, while you showed what the rules do not state, the actual rules or decisions of relevance are missing.
Dec
19
comment In Settlers of Catan, if you have unrevealed victory point cards that would make you win, are you forced to declare victory?
Hi Gendolkari, could you add links to the cited FAQ entries? That would make this answer really solid and solve the question once and for all.
Dec
19
comment In Settlers of Catan, if you have unrevealed victory point cards that would make you win, are you forced to declare victory?
Hi Mike, could you add sources, maybe quotes, to your answer? Right now it is not very reliable yet.
Dec
19
comment In Settlers of Catan, if you have unrevealed victory point cards that would make you win, are you forced to declare victory?
I didn't downvote, but I guess it is unclear why exactly the initial sentence helps to answer the question. Personally, I think I understand your idea now. Formal logic is a bit like taking a sledgehammer to crack a nut, though, I guess that makes it difficult to follow ;)
Dec
18
comment Small go board history
I'm only aware of the (I think) old Tibetan variant with 17x17 boards. Maybe the 9x9 and 13x13 are even modern inventions?
Dec
16
comment In Settlers of Catan, if you have unrevealed victory point cards that would make you win, are you forced to declare victory?
I'm a little confused how you arrived at the first quoted sentence (?). The rest of this answer is very logical.
Dec
6
comment Dan levels: difference between amateur and professional?
Hi EOL, have you had a look at boardgames.stackexchange.com/questions/5599 ? Does that link answer your question, or is it still unclear? If so, let us try and work out the differences, as right now this question looks like a dupe.
Nov
12
comment Do strong Go players play simuls, like in chess? Do they ever play blindfolded?
@OlivierDulac Ah okay, sorry. The amateur I was talking about was someone else, I think around 1 kyu, but I don't remember the name and failed to find the video either. When I heard of the game, at first I thought the player would be Pierre though, too, as he is quite famous. I've seen him play using this special board. He even devised a special coordinate system to make it easier to talk about the moves, if I recall correctly.
Nov
12
comment Do strong Go players play simuls, like in chess? Do they ever play blindfolded?
@OlivierDulac If you were referring to the Asian 6 dan, I just found that athos' answer contains his name (Bao Yun). He actually plays without any stones.
Nov
10
comment Go - How does one count territory in these two scenarios? (9x9)
It was not a stupid question, many people initially have trouble with scoring. You're right that the LR group of the first diagram is not alive (it is unsettled, the tsumego is a bit complicated as far as I can tell), but I think the asker was not referring to the L&D status of the groups rather, but to the general principle of scoring, as it seems they misunderstood how it is supposed to work. L&D is more advanced/complicated so I did not even consider it in my answer.
Oct
18
comment Go - How does one count territory in these two scenarios? (9x9)
Hi Rikku, welcome to this site! I've tried to answer your question, but if you feel like it, also check out playgo.to/iwtg/en, in particular their counting lessons. I learned Go using that tutorial, hope you find it helpful too :)
Oct
15
comment 4-4 high approach joseki question
@Tomas 1) Yep, black "5", fixed. 2) After b D18, white plays atari at D18, black connects at C17, then white F15. 3) Yes, white should capture. It would be really good for white. 4) :)
Oct
10
comment 4-4 high approach joseki question
Your C17 is probably better than the C18 I suggested, as it does not give black the option to E18 in sente.