This is a problem in a book I'm reading:
Black to play and capture the two white stones. The book tells me Black's best move is a, and White's best response is c, and I understand the rest of the sequence. But why is White's best move c? What happens if White plays b instead?
(note: Thanks to everyone. Misread the book. Black plays at b not a ...)
unkx80: Was there a typo in the book? I think the solution should be this.
unkx80: Consider playing at a instead.
This is a given variation that can be tricky for Black. As Dieter pointed out, is the correct follow up.
unkx80: While you are at it consider this one. Of course you would have known the correct solution already, but what if...?
Andre Engels: Dieter's descent again resolves the problem. Charles It may do; but now White at a is a reading problem. Andre Engels: The solution seems to be that Black connects at b and wins the capturing race by one move. But this position is surely more complicated than the books usually show.