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that is to say, conflict.  Any situation of conflict will have its strategic aspects.  

But the strategies of go are very much at the discretion of the players.  

One of the most interesting aspects of the game is how the choices of strategy will interact to create a game with a particular feel, perhaps different from what either player originally intended.  

It is possible to fight vigorously over every point on the board, and some games are like that.  No territory is decided until almost the very end.  

However, a game of that much uncertainty requires both players to be simultaneously very good, and very aggressive--for a mis-step will result in decisive disaster early in the game.  

Sometimes players are more cautious--building some strength before engaging in open challenges.  There may be less intensity, with only a few real battles.  There may be more subtlety, as players make the deepest possible shifts in influence.  Finally the game will end in a win for one, and a loss for the other, but perhaps only by a few points.  

The world as you describe it more resembles a game in which a player, overcome by pride and over-rating his ability, finds himself driven to try to take every point he can--at great risk.  Groups which should be strengthened are left open as he moves on to even more audacious attacks.  It seems to work, every attack ties down a response from his opponent, and he moves on to a further attack.  

Unless he misses:  His opponents sees the new attack, but does not reply.  This is indeed a very bad moment:  He has lost the initiative, and his opponent takes it.  A board with many undefended structures is very vulnerable, and with the loss of the initiative, the opponent is free to counter-attack the weakest of them.  A skilled opponent can reverse an overplayed game completely, setting loose an expanding cascade of failure that cannot be reversed.  

The folk you are describing want excitment and blood.  

Success, not so much.  

The Fates are kind.

by Gaianne on Fri Jan 19th, 2007 at 09:36:42 AM EST

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