Split shape

  Difficulty: Beginner   Keywords: Shape, Tactics

Chinese: 裂型 (lie4 xing2)
Japanese: 裂かれ形 (sakare-gatachi)
Korean:

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Split shape  



Locally speaking this is very bad for White: the stones white+circle and white+square cannot help each other at all.

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The history?  

White must have some extremely good reason to allow B3 here. Mostly White should answer B1 at B3, founded on basic instinct.

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Possible dodging  

It is conceivable that White might want instead to treat white+circle as a sacrifice, with W2 and W4 here.



This is from six good and six bad shapes.

Charles Matthews


See also


Split shape last edited by Unkx80 on November 26, 2008 - 15:32
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