Subject:	THE BIG GAME 3 (Question)
From:		John Fairbairn <>
Date:		Wed, 23 Apr 1997 20:21:02 +0100

Black has just played 15. q13.

White declined to peep at p15 and played the high pincer 16. j16. Black pushed up at 17. l15, White played hane at 18. l14 and Black, regretfully but predictably played the deliberate bad shape of 19. k15.

The reason Black could not play 19 at k14 (see diagram) was White cuts at k15, Black k17, White p15, Black q15 and White j17.

Now I invite you to guess the next three moves (20, 21 and 22). They are not specially hard in themselves, but the idea is to get the right flow.

A hint is given below at the end so you can skip if desired. Remember Jan van der Steen's web pages show the big game graphically and nice board positions can be printed out.

Background noise

Trivia note: What we are doing is a sort of Next Move. The world's first Next Move column in a newspaper was in 1890 in the Yubin Hochi Shinbun. The game was between Kobayashi Tetsujiro and Hayashi Senji but they started asking at move 54. It was a big success.


For the lower kyu players, White 20 is especially important to think about. Good advice that emanates from a Korean pro (I don't know who) via an American 4-dan is "be aggressive strategically, be modest tactically." Remember White's aims.

-- John Fairbairn