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Sabaki - Yilun Yang

Sabaki - Yilun Yang

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Sabaki
How to Manage Weak Stones
by Yang Yi-Lun 7p
Based on material presented at the 2002
NJ Yang 7p Go Workshop, held June 27th
through June 30th, 2002 at the Ramada Inn
of Mahwah, NJ, USA
Lecture notes compiled and edited by John
C. Stephenson
Sabaki
How to Manage Weak Stones
by Yang Yi-Lun 7p
Based on material presented at the 2002
NJ Yang 7p Go Workshop, held June 27th
through June 30th, 2002 at the Ramada Inn
of Mahwah, NJ, USA
Lecture notes compiled and edited by John
C. Stephenson

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Sabaki
How to Manage Weak Stonesby Yang Yi-Lun 7pBased on material presented at the 2002NJ Yang 7p Go Workshop, held June 27ththrough June 30th, 2002 at the Ramada Innof Mahwah, NJ, USALecture notes compiled and edited by JohnC. Stephenson
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In the normal course of a go game, you’reeventually faced with managing a weakstone. Knowing how to handle the situationadroitly may mean the difference betweenwinning and losing.This study guide presents a discourse aboutsabaki techniques, written in the typicallylucid and hard-hitting style of Mr. Yang,7-dan professional. Following his discourseare a dozen practice problems to help youdetermine if you have absorbed the material.Don’t be deceived by the small size of thisbook. It’s packed with applicable informa-tion and likely will require several readingsto fully master. But, as you apply the tech-niques and develop your judgment, your reg-ular opponents will be in for a surprise asyou demonstrate your newly acquired flexi-bility and lightness.Please win gracefully and enjoy.
Introduction
To play go we must know how to manageweak stones. Essentially, three paths arepossible:1. Run2. Live quickly3. SacrificeDeciding which of the above to pursureshould usually be clear if we ask ourselvesthe correct questions:1. If I run, will I separate off an oppo-nent’s weak group and thereby get counter-attack opportunities, or will I just becomeburdened with a heavy group? If your groupwill simply become heavy, find another way.2. Is the stone important or is the area valu-able? If so, living fast will save the impor-tant stone or destroy the opponent’s valu-able area.3. Is the area not so valuable? Then, sac-rificing it to achieve a gain nearby is oftenthe best way.In general, when the situation is difficult,find useful forcing moves nearby and makea second neighboring battle. You will winone of them. Getting 50 percent in a sabakisituation is good.Sometimes to determine whether to live,sacrifice or run, it could be important toplay an asking move. If the opponent playstight to kill, give it up for an external ben-efit; if the opponent plays soft, then live in-side.1
 
Section 1: DiscourseModel 1
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Focusing locally on the top for the purposeof the sabaki discussion, White wants toproperly handle his weak stone in the up-per left corner. It is hard for White to livein such a narrow area.
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1: Poor handling of a weak corner stone.6: If White merely escapes, he will be-come heavy, as the sequence shows. Play-ing this way is poor in the early openingphase. Since running is bad and living isalso doubtful, sacrifice seems the only rea-sonable alternative.
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1: Unimaginative.2: After Black captures the white stonecleanly, White has no other good forcingmoves. White’s forcing move was not imag-inative enough.
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1: This produces more forcing moves and isable to make a better position. It creates areasonable sabaki pattern.
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3: A useful forcing move.7: White makes a nice position on the topside.
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3: This is the correct way to produce moreforcing moves.11: Black captures a stone, but White ob-tains a compensating profit.
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Here the corner is more open due to theblack stone on the 6-4 point being fartheraway from the corner, enough so White maytry to live in the valuable area with his weakstone.
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1: White takes the 3-3 point, typical to be-gin a base.2: After the necessary defensive hane,White considers how to play to begin sabaki.10: Black cuts, taking advantage. This isnot good enough for White.
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3: Both the crosscut and the double haneare often useful sabaki techniques. Readingdetermines which one works best.9: White achieves a reasonable eye-richshape after applying the crosscut, but stillmust check the double hane.
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7: An essence of sabaki is to make anotherbattle close by, because then you will winone of them. This white move will gain onthe right if Black ignores him, or gain on theleft if Black answers directly.13: White successfully makes sabaki, catch-ing a black stone.
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9: If Black defends on the left, White nails astone, making a fine sabaki on the outside.
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6: White is heavy.3

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