Baduk TV English: Attacking Vitamins: Lesson 16

In Attacking Vitamins, Lee Hyunwook 8p provides performance enhancing supplements for your mind, and helps you to master the art of attacking! This is lesson 16.

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Episode 16: Attacking Oriented Players - Mok Jinseok I

Hello, welcome back to 'Attacking Vitamins'. I'm Lee Hyunwook 8p.

Today, we'll learn about another attacking oriented player!

Today's player is Mok Jinseok 9p.

His nickname, "Kid Not Normal," is well known.

Last year was the best of his career. He recorded the most games and most wins among Korean players.

So he recovered from a slump in his style.

His strong point is his reading skills.

He reads faster than most players, so he's won many battles.

His attacking style is different to Kato Masao and Yu Changhyeok 9p's.

Let's explore Mok's attacking style together!

Q. What was the fiercest game of your career?

Since I love fighting, many games come to mind.

I remember one from the Korean Baduk League last year. I played with Kim Jiseok 9p.

We'd fought throughout the whole game.

We exchanged many stones and built large territories. That game was so interesting.

Q. Do you have any insight into fighting that you could share with us?

I like solving life and death problems.

I try to read accurately, rather than relying on my instinct.

To do this well, I always aim at my opponent's vital point.

This game was played between Mok and Lee Sedol 9p in 2007.

We studied Lee's style in previous episodes.

In this game, both players fought from the very beginning.

However, Lee misread at one point, so he fell behind.

Later, he played several do or die moves.

You need to focus on how Mok responded to Lee's moves and maintained his lead.

Let's have a look.

At first glance, we can see that white's leading.

Black lost lots of points here, so Mok took an early lead.

Since Lee was behind, he made a deep invasion here.

This black group wasn't alive yet, so Mok needed to attack black severely.

Because white's ahead, a flexible attack is best.

Let's see how Mok attacked.

However, first, I'll show you a bad way to attack.

This hane looks powerful.

If black hanes, white should extend.

Black will hane again and it's sente.

After that, he can easily settle at the bottom.

In contrast, white's position is over-concentrated.

Direct responses are rarely good when attacking.

In this case, white needs to make good use of his thickness.

This kind of attack will provoke black into extending at the bottom.

Before attacking that group, white should harass the center group.

This attachment was Mok's choice.

Since this group was very weak, black had to answer.

How about this hane?

After peeping, white will continue to attack with this jump.

Now black has only one eye, so he has to jump out.

Because of this solid wall, black still has to run away.

If white descends here, these two stones will suffer greatly inside white's area.

I think this group is likely to die.

This is a typical example of the proverb, "make a sound in the east and strike in the west."

This was Mok's strategy.

It's unbearable, so Lee chose to attach here.

Even though it was unpleasant, he made two eyes immediately.

Those exchanges are normally bad, but it was an inevitable choice.

After gaining influence here, Mok continued to attack.

At this point, Lee played some asking moves.

Then he played a three space extension.

This extension isn't good enough. It's hard for black to live inside.

So Lee extended further.

Depending on the situation, black could sacrifice these two stones.

Instead, he focused more on the left group.

After this exchange, Mok played a tiger's mouth.

Attacking methods can vary depending on the circumstances.

If white's behind, he should try to shut black in and capture the group.

But white was leading at this point, so he didn't need to capture it.

Therefore, Mok chose a safer move.

In response to black's jump, Mok kosumied.

It was more of an endgame play than an attack.

If black jumps out, he can survive.

But, during that time, these two stones have been captured by white.

In addition, white can still chase black, expanding his moyo on the left.

This is a safer and better way to win the game.

Mok's attacking method: When you're ahead, manage the game aggressively.

When your opponent perseveres, how should you react?

Even if you're leading, you shouldn't always fall back.

Punish your opponents with precise responses.

This game was played by Mok and Ko Geuntae 5p in 2007.

Even though Mok was leading, the game was complicated, so he had a long way to go.

However, he managed to maintain his lead by attacking.

Let's have a look.

Overall, black was leading at this point.

Ko played a do or die move here.

Let's look at a direct attack first.

If black kosumis, white attaches.

It's a typical sabaki sequence.

Since white had supporting stones here, it's hard for black to attack this group.

And black can't expect a large moyo around here.

So this immediate attack isn't a good idea.

This invasion was Mok's choice.

Mok's good at winning his games by fighting.

Inevitably, white had to attack this stone.

After that, Mok kosumied twice.

Ko pushed here, aiming at both of black's groups.

It seems like white can fight well here.

Mok didn't answer, he defended his other group instead.

Ko also tenukied and captured this black stone.

Mok jumped out, but this push isn't good now.

Instead, black needed to expand this area.

Since these stones were too big to abandon, Ko had to move them out.

After that, Mok peeped and took white's eye shape away.

This is a good attacking technique.

If white connects, black will play a knight's move, or peep like this.

Now white's group is in big trouble.

Even if this group lives, white will have to pay dearly.

So Ko decided to tenuki.

How about capturing these stones? They look quite big.

But white will tenuki and capture another stone.

This trade is ok for white.

Mok ataried here first.

Then he played here, enlarging his moyo.

Since this area became too big, white couldn't give up his stones.

Mok kept attacking white's group.

White had to capture this stone, and Mok played a knight's move.

If white extends here, black will push again.

If black cuts white, there isn't a single eye in the center.

So that group is in grave danger.

So Ko decided to attach here instead.

After strengthening his group, white attached.

Even though the connection above improved, the exchange weakened the bottom.

After this atari, white couldn't connect his group.

Black captured white's four stones, and it was huge.

This was much bigger than capturing the two stones like this.

White captured black's two stones too, but it wasn't comparable to the four stones.

This game was practically over now.

For black, it wasn't easy to punish white's invasion by attacking.

But, by exploiting white's weakness, Mok attacked another group and won more easily.

Mok's attacking method: When you're ahead, manage the game more aggressively.

What should you do if your opponent invades in a good situation?

It's harder to maintain a lead than it is to reverse a game.

Sometimes, you need to pressure your opponents severely, even when you're winning.

Then you'll learn to win more easily and enjoy attacking like Mok!

This game was played between Mok and Lee Younggu 6p in 2008.

Lee's style of play is solid.

So he isn't usually attacked by his opponents.

But he had to invade Mok's area because he was behind.

Let's see how Mok attacked Lee's group in this game.

At this point, black is ahead, both in terms of territory and thickness.

Because of that, Lee invaded deeply.

This kind of invasion is often played.

And this attachment is a common response.

However, white will play a knight's move and hane in this case.

And this variation shows you what white wants.

White erased black's area, weakening this group.

Therefore, black shouldn't attach like this.

Black needed a more aggressive response.

Let's see how Mok attacked.

Before he began, he exchanged these moves.

Then he played in the middle of white's two stones.

Lee had to push to get out.

After that, Mok chased white.

In this situation, this one space jump was a nice move.

If black keeps attacking, white will slide here.

White can easily live on the inside now.

It isn't a profitable attack for black.

Before attacking in earnest, Mok removed white's eye potential.

After that, white attached here, and Mok pushed.

If white extends here, this group won't be attacked severely.

But if black takes a big point next, he'll surely win the game.

So Lee persevered, by playing here.

White gained several points in the top left.

So Mok continued to attack white.

Mok was attacking very calmly and flexibly.

White escaped again. It didn't look like an attack at all in some ways.

It seemed like white was connecting easily.

However, Mok was gaining profit from every move.

White had to hane and cut.

It was a one way street.

After black's atari, white captured this stone.

Then Mok attacked this group on the right side.

It seemed like white's group survived easily.

But, during the attack, black gained an unexpected territory in the center.

And after cutting white, black could kosumi here in sente.

White had to live on the inside.

Mok didn't attack to capture white's group, but to gain profit.

This kind of attack is best when you're ahead.

Black took profit inch by inch, and finally won.

In many cases, this kind of flexible attack is good.

Mok's attacking method: When you're ahead, manage the game more aggressively.

The game wasn't decided yet. How should black attack white?

Mok could've compromised, but he attacked white first.

This is because he's confident about the position and his reading skills.

Today we've looked at some of Mok Jinseok's games.

People often say it's harder to maintain a lead than to reverse a game.

If your opponent keeps playing do or die moves, it's sometimes very hard to deal with.

Today, Mok showed us how to manage and win a game through attacking.

You don't have to capture your opponent's group when you attack.

Often, a flexible attack is better.

Next time, we'll see Mok Jinseok executing fiercer attacks!

Thank you!

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