Eye Shape

    Keywords: Life & Death

Chinese: 眼形 yǎn xng
Japanese: 眼形 gankei
Korean: 안형

Eye shape is the shape formed by the empty points of an eye. The size and shape of an eye can be crucial to the question of whether a second eye can be formed inside it. A play on a vital point of an eye shape that prevents the formation of a second eye is called a nakade.

Here are some standard eye shapes:

There are a few hundred [3] strong eye [2] shapes. Eye shapes can be alive, dead, unsettled [1] (killable with one move) or killable with more moves. See also

See also:


[1] The two different words "unsettled" or "unstable" are used for the meaning "killable with one move". Unsettled is used also in a different context of life and death status. Unstable is used also in a different context of life and death ko types. Using either word has the advantage of consistent usage for one of the other contexts and the disadvantage of possible confusion with usage in that other context.

[2] An SL page on strong eyes seems to be still missing. Currently unfortunately a user name has occupied that term.

[3] RobertJasiek: I have enumerated all or almost all of them in a so far private paper.


Eye Shape last edited by MrTenuki on December 18, 2011 - 20:52
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