Sunday, March 2, 2014

Game review: Most territorial game ever!

I believe the most boring Go game is one in which both black and white draw a straight line through the center of the board. Obviously this favors black as he extended one line further by playing first. White is then forced into a tough invasion with poor chances of success.

The following game I played at DGS didn't go to that extent, but wasn't very far from it. Not a single cross-cut was played (well, 2 actually, but they turned out being irrelevant), not a single fight (except the final invasion). It was sort of a peaceful conversation, "you take this, I take that, and we both shake hands". Even though I love this kind of play in spirit, I must admit that it is quite boring. What do you think?


  1. Why didnt you play 2-3 instead of 2-4 on the 89th turn?

    1. Because I wanted to retain sente at the expense of losing some points, in order to fix the weak spot at N10 and close at P5 and E12. I knew white would try an invasion at some point and I didn't want to leave any weak spots.

  2. Yeah it was a rather peaceful game, but pretty boring for sure. I don't think I've ever played a game like this. Eventually it broke out into one big invasion or fight. Haha.