I dutifully put up an auto match request this morning to play my required daily game. I think it is a good idea to get this one required game out of the way first thing, and then maybe play more games as the day progresses because I want to play, not because I have to.
I have increased the handicap range on my free auto match settings to 9H to get practice giving handicap and also to add variety to my daily game. So far I have only had to take or give 4H with this higher setting, probably because most other people have the handicap limits set much lower.
Today I got to play white in a 3H game. I didn't feel as if I was doing a very good job, and I was pretty sure I was down in the game although I had not counted. But then in the end game I saw an opportunity to set up a damezumari situation. I only expected to get four stones out of it because I expected my opponent to see the continuation that would result in the loss of progressively more stones since two more damezumari situations would occur if he continued to answer my moves. Much to my surprise my opponent connected not once, but twice. With the second atari he should have sacrificed even more stones.
In the board position above white plays first. Rather than replying at 2, black should just play at 3 and give up four stones. The game continued as in the diagram and black resigned after move 5. Afterward I checked to see what the score was before the sequence and I was losing as I thought. I would have still been losing by 10.5 if he had given up four stones instead of connecting the first time.
I was really happy to have seen such a sequence and to have acted on it, but if I played a mediocre game overall, why am I so happy over this? I must not be very highly evolved.