# Basic living eye shapes

Difficulty: Beginner   Keywords: Life & Death

The discussions on living eye shapes assume that the group is surrounded. Corner shapes often behave differently.

### Four-point eye shapes

In general there are five different four-point eye-shapes. Three of them, the straight four, the bent four and the twisted four are living shapes (no further play necessary). The status of the pyramid four depends on sente and the squared four (tombstone) is dead as it stands. (See also bent four in the corner.)

Straight four

In the straight four, a and b in the diagram are miai.

### Five-point eye shapes

All five-point eye shapes are alive except the crossed five and the bulky five. Some examples:

A five-point shape that is alive
Another five-point shape that is alive

### Six-point eye shapes

All six-point eye shapes (including rectangular six) are unconditionally alive except for the rabbitty six.

### Seven-points eye shapes

All eye shapes of seven points are alive.

Seven lives

This shape (butterfly seven) is one that seems most likely to be killed, but after the position is seki.

### Eight-points eye shapes

Eight-point eye shapes are unconditionally alive.

Basic living eye shapes last edited by 66.108.39.158 on October 15, 2014 - 19:30