Pincers and fighting spirit
augustine (20K) granted me the courtesy of a rated game with only two-handicap stones; setting the game level to 22k. I really appreciated this opportunity to test myself. The game ended after I captured a large group in the center.
I had read Otake Hideo's 3rd principle about the use of pincers and selecting where to place them according to one's strategy. This is from his book, Opening Theory Made Easy. I tried to apply my readings twice in this game but am not sure that my attempts were successful. Still, it was helpful to experiment.
This game pointed to one weakness on my part; a willingness in my mind to concede too easily. In a post-game examination of the board, I realized that, even with the loss of the black stones in M3, the surrounding white stones would be dead as long as I played again in M3 (denying the formation of two eyes). During the game, I had assumed that White would live in that area. augustine resigned on the assumption that the game was not winnable; but against a less determined spirit, that assumption might have been false.
This game was very helpful for that insight given to me. Thanks augustine!