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the fourth game

the fourth game

The second game was with stefano. I don't remember much about it except that i won. The third was with an older woman. A real challenge. In those days i made a transition from playing for territory to playing for influence. So i was still unsure of the power of my newfound strategy. Eventually i menaced to kill his central group. I worked slowly. Like a boa constrictor. Avoided taking easy points, out from my aim, like Miamoto Musashi when he fought the numerous opponent of a school in one sword fight. It was a lesson in intent, concentration and humility. You need humility to accept to just win without risking to loose by trying to take too many points. I won that game also. This morning i was still quite tired. I started the game with the aim to loose decorously. I was meeting an 8 kyu. And i knew there was no way that i could have won him with no handicap. Me, a miserable 14 kyu. Still i kept on trying my new style. Half way through the game i was again circling one of his group. We fought hard. Blood was dripping from the goban. Only later he explained of that he was aware that his central group was dead early. But that he kept on menacing me to link to it to have me react and keep the sente (initiative). He made a big error at the end, lost concentration and made other two serious errors. After that he got up angry and took a walk. To beg his forgiveness for having being such a bad opponent i offered him an orange juice. It was a success and i was rewarded with many great suggestion on how to improve my game. Very welcome from a man that usually plays by influence. For example he explained me that at least 5 times i lost a move as i kept on trying to kill the 'already dead' central group. Like if i were to give him 5 stones of advantage. I was amazed of having won nevertheless.