Beginner Exercise 42 / Attempts

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White kills  

splice: Black has one eye in the corner. W1 threatens to capture black+circle and kill the eye there. B2 captures the white stone but White extends to W3 and Black has one false eye and one real one. Dead.

Black lives (6 at 1)  

Playing W3 is wrong. It leaves W1 in atari, which is promptly captured by Black. Black makes a second eye and lives. Edit - I don't think W3 fails...

What about this...?  

Would this work? You take away one of Black's eyes, and also have a net to run him into?

unkx80: This will work too.

victim: But it will give B an extra ko threat. The first solution is better.

Thurisaz: Does this not assume that B is stupid? 2 at 3 would negate that and absolutely secure the eye too, no?

ProtoDeuteric: If black played B2 at W3, then white would play at the B2 in the diagram and falsify the other eye, thus killing black. B2 at W3, although securing the smallest eye possible in the corner, does not guarantee life for the group.

Ko threats?


From the 'White kills' diagram  

There is a ko threat for Black at 'a', with 'b' being the best reply (capturing the two black stones might permit the cycle to start again.)

From the 'What about this... ?' diagram  

Again there is a ko threat at 'a' getting the reply at 'b'. Actually, even if White ignores the ko threat and doesn't play 'b', the best Black can do is capture the two white stones on the edge which, with a throw-in, leads to a false eye.

So the latter diagram isn't even one threat for Black. Thus surely White should prefer this one.

Extra ko threat  

Shaydwyrm: Black can get extra ko threats by playing this way instead of as in the "What About This?" diagram. Now a is a threat (b is the response), and cutting also becomes a threat, maybe a real one rather than just a ko threat depending on the outside situation.

Muadhdib: so, W1 gives black th chance to get 2 ko threats by responding at W3 or B2, right? I guess W1 at c the best way to go. =)

Beginner Exercise 42 / Attempts last edited by on July 31, 2008 - 06:42
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