Last evening I won 5 of 6 games, playing Go online with Vox. The games were mostly scrappy and competitive, but I was able to retain an edge over the evening. Next time out, Vox will take a 2 stone handicap and we’ll put that edge to the test.
In the first game, I was able to attack Vox’s groups aggressively, but halfway through, he had held his ground and my attacks were not leading to the profit I had planned on. Finally I was able to cut off and kill a group of 6 stones, giving me some reasonable territory. I won by 5.5 in a game that was all about fighting.
In the second game, Vox exploited weaknesses in my shape nicely. N8 was a beautiful move. I had to defend the group underneath it but he had 2 cutting points available above. My game was falling apart and a few moves later I had no option but to resign.