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First ladders, now nets. We have a lot of weird metaphors.

Sometimes (or rather often) capturing something means not attacking directly but rather, surrounding a bit from a distance. “Float like a butterfly.”

It is very simple (again?). If you place your stones too close to your opponent’s, they may become a target and while you are busy rescuing your stones, your opponent gets away.

However, if you play just the right distance apart, your opponent will still not have enough space to make life (create 2 eyes) and you will have enough time to safely connect all your stones. Sounds simple? Test it out!



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That’s all there is to it. Netting something just means surrounding from a distance and waiting patiently. Go is all about balance. Do not ask for too much or too little. Do not attack above your strength and yet, do not let your opponent get away with too much. Always try for just a tiny little bit more than your opponent is getting.

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