BQM 442

  Difficulty: Advanced   Keywords: EndGame

A problem from two different 7x7 Go investigations.

what is Blacks best move?  

In 7x7 Go b is mentioned as best move. While on an [ext] SGF about the same problem a is given as best move.

Please high ranking Go players tell me (12 kyu) what is best.

The throw-in  

Dieter: I am no expert, but here's what I see. Black's throw in forces an extra move inside White's territory later.


If White inadvertently covers the neutral points, Black has the tesuji of B9 to create seki.

Simple descent  

If Black simply descends, White gains a point with W4. So I'm inclined to vote for the throw-in.


White has a countermeasure though. So, I must think again.

willemien Hi Dieter Thanks for your reply. according to the [ext] Tromp sgf the following is best

Tromps Continuation (1) 6 at white+circle, 9 at 2  
Tromps Continuation (2) 3 at white+circle, 21 at white+square  

your remark about the neutral points is valid white needs to add a stone inside his territory so loses a point under territory rules (and this way the problem becomes an wholeboard endgame problem

lightvector: Edit from years later in the future! (2021)

Possible Refutation of throwin  

KataGo suggests that the throw-in may be actually completely unplayable for black, because white has this placement to cause trouble next. The immediate threat is the cut at "a", Black must defend it somehow.

Possible Refutation of throwin, followup 1  

I have not analyzed the variations, but this way for example black is coming under liberty issues while white threatens to live in the corner.

Possible Refutation of throwin, followup 2  

Against a more solid black defense, white does go ahead and start the ko, using the lower right for ko threats.

BQM 442 last edited by on July 10, 2021 - 16:20
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