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I am still stumped on understanding this one sentence:

今打った方が格段に実力はまさっています

ですが、彼の打つ手に正しい手はひとつもありません

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In this case the speaker is talking about a go player who is bullying a weaker opponent by playing aggressive but meaningless moves.

I tried to translate it as:

"He would be much stronger if he played with his real ability, but he's not playing a single correct move."

I tried to interpret 打った方 as A方がB that is described in pages like this post, but still I think I am on the wrong track.

How is 〜た方が actually being used here, and how do I make sense of this sentence, grammatically?

Related: 方 - also read ほう when referring to a person?

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This 方 (ほう) refers to a person. They are clearly comparing two players, not two actions. 今打った方 means "the one who just made a move", that is, the stronger player.

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  • Thank you very much, this clears it up! I had a feeling I was on the wrong track. – Janusz ヤヌシュ Aug 1 '18 at 3:21
  • I realized that I threw myself off because for some reason I assumed that 方 to refer to a person was only ever read as かた. Now I know that that is not the case. – Janusz ヤヌシュ Aug 1 '18 at 3:42
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    Just as a clarification: when you are actually referring to a person specifically, it is always read かた. In this case, it might be better to translate it as "side," although it might sound a bit weird. 方 is only referring to a person by proxy in this case, if that makes any sense. As in, the "side" (if each "side" of the fight is a person) who just made a move. – Kurausukun Aug 1 '18 at 4:39
  • Thank you @Kurausukun At the same time I happened to find a post that clarifies this same thing: japanese.stackexchange.com/questions/11023/… – Janusz ヤヌシュ Aug 1 '18 at 4:44

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