Remember the gremlin on my board? I fought back, I battled, and I won… I thought I was merely saving face by continuing the game, hoping to limit my loss to about 20 points or so; many a time I thought about resigning in shame… But by 0.5 points I claimed the narrowest of victories… You can see the game here on OGS, not sure if you need an account though; I’ve numbered the stones on the diagram below, though. In any case I am immensely proud for not giving up; and also, if you look at the diagram of the final position, clearly I can’t properly count because those two lost stones (A & B 11) on the left side show my lame attempt to invade, which turned out to be unnecessary.
However, what won me the game was actually my opponent passing premature at move 246: the bottom right wasn’t secure yet, both P and Q 1 were not played, so the fact that his pass gave me seonsu [선수; sente in Japanese] and I played Q1 before he could play R1 won me the game… So while I am proud, I must be very honest in saying that it was a tiny slip up on my opponent’s side that gave me this game.
Overall it was an interesting game, and I think I learned the value of thinking when you play, I mean that is really really important. But seriously, it was perhaps two slip ups on my opponents side together with managing the grab the initiative quite a few times. If you access the game, it was (according to my humble DDK opinion) move 97 that started shifting the game around to… well not my side, but the middle-ish. Then, when I played move 241 at L19 , I think if he responded O18 instead of K19 then he’d kept the three stones at P19, thus securing the a win.