Reading Abilities Are Not Important Where There Is Inattentiveness

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Austrian Championship Finals are being played since 14th of December and they will finish tomorrow on 16th of December. The players playing for the title are :  Viktor Lin 6d, Lothar Spiegel 5d, Schayan Hamrah 5d, Bojan Cvjetkovic 3d, Michael Winkler 2d, Peter Neubauer 2d.

Today while playing the 3rd round, the strongest player among the participants, Viktor Lin 6 dan lost his game against Lothar Spiegel very painfully. He was ahead most of the game and he even played some moves which could be called “safe win moves”, but then somehow he died and the game suddenly ended. Below, you could see analysis on why your reading skills might be of no matter if you are careless and you do not pay attention to the chances you get in the game. 

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Photo of Viktor Lin provided by Judith Van Dam – EuroGoTV ! 

Viktor is playing white and he got under attack, although according to Leela this is still about 80% for white. I synchronized my comments with AI opinion, since while watching this game I had slightly different calculations.

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Black got to split white and now there was a decision to be made, this is the first of many chances where white could have managed to not lose the game. White can decide whether to make it simpler with A or make it complicated with B, he indeed choose B.

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Once white atari, there are two choices for black, either to capture or to extend, most natural way is to capture.

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If black extends, white can extend back at 1 and continue running until he captures black’s stones and successfully make life.

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If black captures, white will atari at 2 which is aiming to cut at 3, therefore black defends and white manages to capture the ko at 4 and threatens to connect at 5, if white manages to connect both groups, then the strength of black stones will be reversed, so black cuts at 5 and white manages to simply jump, this group is hard to kill, its quite flexible, now white can use some weaknesses of black’s group on the right side.

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In the actual game, white extended instead of playing 2 and let black connect at 2, then he played this tesuji looking move which actually was huge mistake. 

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White had to simply cut, black can choose whether to answer by playing severe at A or safer at B. 

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Once black plays A in last diagram, white will cut and then black will most likely connect at 1, white saves his three stones at 2 and black saves his two stones at 3 as well. The problem is that after white’s extension at 4, black is dead, because after black pushes, white can simply block at the magical point of 1×2 and the game is over. 

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For black to play 1 is safer and white will manage to cut at 2 which threatens to get A, black defends at 3 which gives him later chance to capture three stones, and white attaches to make sabaki. This group of white is pretty much alive, due to the possibility to atari black’s one stone on top .

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White didn’t cut black, so he let black get A and now white played this weird move which was another mistake. It looks strange, isn’t it ?

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White had to play at 1 which is the vital point, black might try to play the tesuji at 2 up to 5 and then try to take eye space and connect at the same time with 6, but white forces him at 7 and black exchanges some ataries and connects at 10. The most important is that white manages to get 11 as sente and when black takes 12 to remove the eye, white has cut as tesuji. White’s group is alive, because if black captures at B, white will cut at A due to the inability of black to play at D (self-atari). If black extends at C, white will play D and then cutting at A or capturing at B(followed by net at E) is miai in the situation, so white is alive.

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Black took the vital point at B and now white played this move instead of playing C once again. White is really doing his best to die.

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If white plays here, it is simply impossible to kill white. But it is not entertaining this way, white will be alive.

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Black had to take this point himself, but he for some reason did not, maybe he misread something? There is not much white can do now.

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Black played the tesuji at 1 and got atari at 3 forcing white to save his stones at 4, once black connected at 5, white should simply play A, but he missed it and he died. Viktor Lin is a very strong player and I admire him a lot, this game is really a good example of how hard it is to win a game where you are ahead and also how inattentiveness can lose your game really quickly.

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Black took the vital point and white died after several moves struggling. 

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The final position looks like this, huge dragon died.

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