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Why do we surround the corner in go?

It's entirely a question of efficiency: It simply takes fewer stones to secure more territory if you play in the corner. Taking, for example, the eleven stones White plays in your sample game, if ...
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Why do we surround the corner in go?

It is a question of efficiency. In this diagram, white has indeed made a live group, taking 11 moves to surround 4 points of territory. The black stones 3 and 5 make a loose but significant claim to ...
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Two space approach moves in igo

There are a lot of possibilities for this opening. If you want the bottom space, you could take pincer move(around D) to cooperate with your corner D4; You also could take A to strengthen corner space ...
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Two space approach moves in igo

Look at this question and its answers for Joseki databases on the net. Black has a lot of possibilities here, including tenuki. None of your marked moves is really bad, but C is the least favourable ...
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What is the name of the following chess opening? What are its pros and cons?

This is NOT a King's Indian Attack, because d4 has been played. In the KIA, white plays d3 and e4, not d4. The classification of an opening requires moves from both sides, not just white. For ...
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In what systems are opening 4 card majors ok?

There are plenty of systems that open on 4-cards, I myself play one, and that is not very uncommon here. 4-card systems are commonly used to teach Bridge. Most people prefer 5-card major though, and 4-...
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Catan starting strategies -- actual data?

Although I wouldn't call it a "significant study" as far as initial placement strategies, there is a blog that I found a while ago which gets into an analysis of playing (and winning) SoC from a ...
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Where can I find an opening database of professional games for 9x9 Go?

It's not professional games but they are between very strong players: http://dcook.org/compgo/9by9_experiments.html This has tons of games: http://gobase.org/9x9/
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Initial card house rule for Kingdom Builder

This is what I would do if I wanted to avoid this: At the start of the game, remove one card of each terrain type, shuffle and give each person a card. Shuffle the remaining cards back into the deck....
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Overplay in orthodox fuseki - Leela AI fails miserably?

W1 should be N11, then black dies, I'd claim from memory. W1 at R13 is probably not a complete disaster in itself, but O12 should then be O11, or maybe P10 should be O10. That would force black to ...
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Has black’s moyo already given them an advantage

Your big mistake was your slack move at 12. It's a bit scary to have Black make two shimaris. The reason he shouldn't have done this is that his two stones in the bottom left corner were left stranded....
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AI effect on chess openings and variations

A lot depends on what you mean by 'negative impact'. Certainly some things changed, different middlegame strategies have been re-evaluated, and people focus on openings that the AIs approve of. The ...
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Why do we surround the corner in go?

The answers by goldPseudo and David Siegel say most of it. I should just like to add these positions, namely three groups which can be expected to live unless White gets in a lot of moves very close ...
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Open lead in Spades

Found a nice answer in a Reddit thread by byu/DiscreteMelody Many of these leading conventions are borrowed from Bridge, and for great reason - they work. Even though half of the cards are known in ...
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Has black’s moyo already given them an advantage

Just a few things to note here: The vast majority of the moves, black and white, are played on the third line; this emphasises territory over influence. As far as third-line territory is concerned, ...
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How to open with Baratheon at Game of Thrones Board Game?

I have done some research on it on various game boards, and most experienced players recommend not to take Storm's End, and offering to leave it to Martells on the condition that they don't muster ...
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Do starting positions make a significant difference in Senji?

The most important part of senji from my experience was the ability to attack. Unlike a normal area of control game where the primary purpose of troops is to conquer territories, in Senji the primary ...
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Solid openings for Blitz Chess

Highly aggressive openings and gambits in which a pawn is given up for the initiative or piece activity can be very effective in blitz. This is because, in general (and especially at lower levels), ...
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When is it advisable to take Blue cards in the first age in Seven Wonders?

As other answers have pointed it out, it really depends on what you're doing with the game, and what others are doing. For example - building brown and grey cards is a great strategy if your ...
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