In this game, my opponent gave me so many free moves that I ended up winning by around 40 points.
I am white in this game. He opened with san ren sei, then repeated josekis in both corners that in my opinion were bad for him, and also left me with sente each time.
I came out ahead after a fight on the right side, then made the cut at 1. Below, is what I expected him to do:
Or something similar, to use forcing moves to get a wall, then try to make something on the top side, which was the last open area.
Instead, the below happened:
I’m sure he expected me to connect when he played 1. But connecting that stone gets me about 5 points in gote. The extension that I played gets me much more than that, and radiates power into the center, I mean, just look at it! How could I resist playing it!
I’m feeling pretty happy at this point, my upper right is huge, and I’ve got good potential on the top. I’m still expecting him to approach the left corner, or maybe play in the middle top somewhere.
“No,” you say, “he can’t possibly have…”
Yes… he captured. A two point move, that is not sente, giving me another free move. Playing something on the top side looks bigger in retrospect, but in the game I decided to try and reduce the bottom some more:
After this sequence, the triangled group is starting to look pretty cramped. I was expecting for black to make a few shape moves for that group, hopefully leaving me with sente to go back to the top. Instead, you guessed it, another passing move:
He first protects his corner with 1, and I respond with 2. Then, he plays 3, and I realize that the previous two ‘passing’ moves he played were all an effort to connect his groups up. A good idea, in general, but not with so much else going on! This gote connection allows me to play 4, and his group is now in dire trouble.
I have fun chasing it around for the rest of the game, making loads of points in the process.
So, beware of your weak groups! And play big moves / sente moves!