Journal No. 62. July 1984. Page 17.
This game comes from the fifth round of the Candidates tournament.
Both players had perfect 4/4 records, so the winner was sure to qualify.
Black: Richard Granville, 3d
White: John Smith, 2d
The game-file in SGF format.
- Black 7,9: A very inappropriate choice of joseki - white 2 is
ideally placed to nullify blacks influence. Blacks simplest way to
play is to play 7' at A. Having decided on the actual move 7, he should
play 9' at 13.
- 12 - 19: White l6 is usually played at B, but the result is good
for white once he has played 12.
- White 20: Very good. Black 21 and 23 are probably the best he can
do, but his position becomes very over-concentrated.
- White 24: However this move is too small at this stage of the game.
Black is happy to make a shimari with 25 and answer whites approach to
the bottom with a pincer at 27.
- White 36: The moves 28 - 35 are a standard joseki, but this move is
a serious mistake. If white wants to play here, he should first push at
43; if not, he must play 36' at 39.
- Black 37: White has no answer. Black builds thickness in sente up
to 43 and gets the good extension to 45.
- White 46: White should answer blacks approach, e.g. by playing at
C. Since Black can safely ignore 50, he can jump to 51, which almost
turns the side into black territory.
- White 52 - 58: These moves seal black in, but in gote. Black
decides to make sure of the territory on the left with 59, allowing
white to break up the right side.
- White 60-80: Whites invading group escapes quite easily, but black
is able to defend his positions both above and below.
- Black 85: Black is already far ahead in territory, so 86 would be
- Black 87: Bad - 88 instead would live easily.
- Black 91: Better at 92 - white cannot achieve much by cutting at
91. After 92 - 96, black appears to be in trouble, but saves himself by
playing 99 and 101.
After 103* black is alive; whites best attempt to kill is
D, Black E, White F but Black can play the sequence to J and
then A making a second eye in the centre.
* [Not in BGJ diagram, perhaps should be 101?]
White played on by invading the left side, but resigned when his
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