# Beginner Exercise 28 / Solution

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Ko for life - Black captures first

The sequence from to yields a ko for life. Black cannot connect without removing the white stones because of shortage of liberties.

Note that the order of and can be interchanged.

Black fears ko - and dies for it

To avoid the ko is impossible - here, White falsifies an eye so Black is left a cyclops.

leoger: Doesn't at here secure life and avoid the ko?

why not this?

mookie?:If white plays at , black can connect at , then if white plays at a b or c, black can play at either a or b. Black only needs to make one eye because he connected to the eye of the other black group, and he will secure that eye by playing at either a or b. I am a beginner, am i missing something?

Dieter: Good idea! But there is a catch: try both options again and count liberties.

mookie?: Oh, I see. If white plays at a or b and black takes the other, then white simply plays at d and captures that whole group. Thanks!

Resistance, variation - 5 at 3

Again avoiding the ko yields only death for Black.

Almost miai

JoelR: This is one of a class of problems where it looks like the defender has a sure thing because of a set of miai plays, but the task is to find the one combination that makes the pairings false. In this case, Black wants an eye at , and can get it if he holds either a or b, and either c or d. But wait, if White takes both b and d.... I don't see this line of reasoning presented as often as it occurs to me. A good example where it is on the page is six die but eight live.

Failure 1

The throw-in here doesn't work - the marked point will become a real eye for the corner group, so the two disconnected black groups will have one real eye each and a shared eye - and thus live.

Failure 2

A similar result occurs if White approaches from the side.

Black almost lives =)

Black Lives

is a mistake

Beginner Exercise 28 / Solution last edited by 68.237.195.78 on January 15, 2012 - 19:37