Journal No. 56. June 1982. Page 8.
This is my game from the second round of the 1982 World
Championships. I had black (the ninth time out of 9 that I had won the
nigiri in a world championship game).
Comments are by me, but draw heavily on a discussion after the game
with Shiraishi Yutaka, 9 dan.
Black: Matthew Macfadyen 6 dan (UK)
White: Fernando Aguilar 5 dan (Argentina)
The game-file in SGF format.
- Black 9: My favourite line of the taisha - black 7 is well placed
to spoil the eyeshape of Whites group.
- Black 19: It would be nice to play 21, but white would cut at 29 and
win the capturing race in the corner.
- Black 23: Leaves many weaknesses, it would be better to play one
point to the left.
- Black 35: I was planning to build a large moyo on the right but this
is pushing too hard - better would be to extend to 51 or to play on the
third line on the lower side.
- White 38: Overplay - he is trying to shut the black group in to make
me add an extra stone in the corner but this is unreasonable - 38' should
be one point to the right.
- Black 43: Better at 50 - black is straining too hard to get sente.
- White 44: Better at 51 - white is straining too hard to make Black
add a stone in the corner.
- Black 49, White 50: Both better at 51.
- White 52: 53 is impossible since Black would cut above 30 and kill
- White 62: He has to play here - the white group dies first if he
starts a semeai. The result is not bad for White, though - even after 65
blacks lower side is weak.
- Black 75-99: Both sides strain as hard as possible - the issue is
not so much whether Black lives in the corner as what happens on the
outside while he is doing so. If 98' is at 99, Black plays below 91
saving his two stones 93 and 95 and getting a big centre.
- White 100: Both players have been waiting for this one - Blacks
overplay at 23 comes home to roost.
- Black 105: Misses the best play - this should have been at 133,
White cannot reply one point above (Black would descend at 106 and
kill)- so he would have to cut at 145, allowing Black to cut through the
centre, securing his stones absolutely. This would separate six white
stones in the centre, and with weakish stones in the centre White would
be unable to invade the right side deeply. Thus Black would get
compensation for sacrificing his two stones.
- White 114, 116: These two stones are Whites profit from his attack,
now 118 becomes a severe invasion and Black has little chance of getting
- White 140: Very solid, and almost sente - now White is definitely
- Black 157: Ludicrous - this is a straight loss of two points.
- Black 165, 169: Unreasonable, but I was not interested in playing
safely for a small loss.
- Black 187: Should have played here earlier - maybe White would
answer to the right.
White 194: Black resigns - please confirm for yourself that the
Black group is unable to make two eyes.
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