Killing the Invader - the old style!
As an aside
remark, related to the previous article, I want to share with you one of the
most exciting games I know played by professionals. If you recall, I stated
that usually we cannot see huge groups being captured in pro games. The games
where that does happen are, by and large, really fun to watch.
The reader is
probably familiar with Kitani Minoru - he was one of the pioneers of the New
Fuseki Era, a rival of Go Seigen (even though they were friends) and a great
teacher, founder of the Kitani Dojo. He
has a very solid Go style.
Hosai, who was in his early years compared to Shusaku (he was almost invincible when he
took Black), is perhaps most well-known for using mirror-go when he took White.
He was also 'the first player to reach 9-dan under the Oteai system'. His Go
style is also solid, and he likes to get territory (cash) in early fuseki.
both very good at invading. Oddly enough, in this game Fujisawa played for a
huge moyo in the center, and he got all the key points there - White 32, 36, 38
and 42. Nowadays it is very rare to find such games where there is no
balance of territory and thickness!
forced to invade (Black 43) and that is when the fun part began. White's attack
was overwhelming and in the end Black's entire group was captured - I added a
few notes in the game file.
When I first
saw this game, I was very impressed. I hope you will like it too!