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Four San-RenSei Games as white – Can w win with Cosmic Style ?

Can White win with San-RenSei / Cosmic Style ?

… in tendency exists the opinion about San-RenSei that it is mainly an opening for black, and the chances for playing this fuseki as white to win are very low.

I dont agree totally… as I play San-RenSei – as black and as white. Being one stone behind as white makes it (little bit more) difficult to realize a SRS fuseki and placing the centre stone first to claim the big centre-oriented moyo. But its possible.. and I take it as challenge… and as a training wheel to play under difficult conditions.


Here four (4) games with San-RenSei I played shortly as white (10kyu) on OGS with following opponents:

1.) 2014-10-17… [Satomi][1], 11k… w+res
2.) 2014-10-20… [awe][2] (aka wow), 12k… w+19.5
3.) 2014-10-25… [brykim1][3], 16k… w+res
4.) 2014-11-06… [LeandroSilva][4], 16k… w+43.5

Tks to all opponents… more important than winning a game is to learn from, as it shows own weaknesses, risky situations and what has been missed to play for avoiding a loss.


Take yourself a view at if you like to learn more about San-RenSei:

1.) 2014-10-17: LinuxGooo (10k) vs. Satomi (11k)… w+res

Narrow fights and aggressive attacks as black did already with 3rd move on C14 instead first complete own Chinese fuseki on right sight very often self damaging. In Go first counts safetyness and to secure the living of own stones… greedyness is punished in GO as quickly its about fighting for own surviving ( own review as SGS here: Eidogo | OGS ).

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986652-160-LinuxGooo-Satomi.sgf (5.6 KB)

For your individual Go training pick up the SGF here:  Eidogo | OGS


2.) 2014-10-20: LinuxGooo (10k) vs. awe aka wow (12k)… w+19.5

I havent thought to win after black attacked left side… pushed white upwards with a wall on G8-G10. Black’s jump on J13 was little bit risky which allowed white to sneak in via G11. Shapes can only being played for specific situations, the knight move has its own weakness as we can see in this situation (see keima = small knight jump: http://senseis.xmp.net/?Keima and ogeima = large knight move: http://senseis.xmp.net/?LargeKnightsMove ).
Black’s tigre mouth D8-E9-E7 (another shape) I felt was insane and a hard attack… black missed to connect via D7 which gave white the chance for a huge left side. Black took many little risks in this game which was no urgent need. So black pushed himself into own weaknesses…

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976944-236-LinuxGooo-wow.sgf (11.5 KB)

For your individual Go training pick up the SGF here:  Eidogo | OGS


3.) 2014-10-25: LinuxGooo (10k) vs. brykim1 (16k)… w+res

The loss for black is simple to explain: Missing a group with two living eyes… running, running, running over the whole board (F3 – P5)… and then dying with white’s move 154 (J7) the chance for 2nd eye was destroyed. Too many weak groups and constantly playing in gote are often the reason to loose a game.

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1009885-171-LinuxGooo-brykim1.sgf (1.7 KB)

For your individual Go training pick up the SGF here:  Eidogo | OGS


4.) 2014-11-06: LinuxGooo (10k) vs. LeandroSilva (16k)… w+43.5

Black missed to recognize by time that white plays San-RenSei/Cosmic Style… and therefore didnt take care for the right timing to invade via its stone on M12 into white’s moyo. Two other mistakes supported white to expand into a huge moyo: (A) playing too defensive on right side which gave white a big inside wall Q4-Q7 – (B) Black focussed on bottom left corner with move 57 (D3) instead pushing white back on G4…

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983357-192-LinuxGooo-LeandroSilva.sgf (2.8 KB)

For your individual Go training pick up the SGF here:  Eidogo | OGS

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About LinuxGooo

I am a real Go Beginner… but I like to learn and have fun with. And I fell in love with playing for influence (mainly San-RenSei fuseki, Cosmic style) as white and black. … 26th Jan 2014 I started on KGS (as 6-7kyu since Sept), another global GO Server on the web. On 4th March 2014 I registrated on OGS (Online Go Server). In July I began to play on Korean servers, on Tygem (10kyu) and on Wbaduk (11kyu). If possible by time, I like to have reviews and analysis of my games, which helps to progress (beside observing/Kibitzing Dan games). – My special thanks go to different KGS teachers/players for audio lectures and individual reviews: Dsaun (N.Y.), Battusai, TapJoshua (4D), Troll (2D), MXHero (5D), Shygost (3D), Mingjiu Jiang (7P)… not to forget all the other KGS players who offered me their knowledge and shared their personal experiences. My special tks go to Dsaun for his audio lecture “Shape” (on 22nd Febr 2014) which was the first step into a systemtical learning. Currently I study with www.321go.org and with the first GO book: “Graded Go Problems for Beginners” (Vol. 1-4) by Kano Yoshinori. Volume 1: Introductory Problems Volume 2: Elementary Problems VOlume 3: Intermediate Problems Volume 4: Advanced Problems For individual “offline training” I experimented with and use different bot programmes: Aya 6.34 (1k), Oakfoam GNU Go 3.8 and Zenith 4.4. better known as Zen (5k-5D) (Rec.: Running these bots I use as front end (Goban) Drago.) For editing/rediting SGF files the programme MultiGo 4 is suitable. Have fun behind the board…

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