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Black lives  

With a and b as miai to connect the right-hand eye to the left side of the diagram, e and f as miai to connect the top-left to the middle-left, and c and d as miai to create an eye on the left, my preferred play is B1. With its excellent shape, no attack by white can prevent an eye on the right side. Also, a or b can be played later as a 9-point ko threat.

Failure for white  
Another failure for white  
The main line:  

W1: tenuki

Starting at a instead  

However, if black instead starts at a or b, the other of the pair and the original B1 become miai for life, because getting both a and b captures 4 white stones, and black ends with two eyes on the left. If black gets both a and b, he can even ignore attacks at c and d, since his big eye can be subdivided into two if necessary. Therefore white is more likely to respond to a at b, and vice-versa, than at W2 above.

Black lives, but loses a big ko threat.  


BeginnerExercise262/Attempts last edited by EricU on December 6, 2007 - 03:44
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