Beginner Exercise 57 / Solution

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Reducing the eye space is the key here. W1 and W3 hanes, and reduce the black group into a bent three. The placement at W5 is the final touch.

Variation 1  

This one is similar. Capturing W1 and W3 will not give Black his second eye.

Variation 2  

B2 is interesting. But White plays at W3, and a and b are miai. Black is still dead.

Failure 1  

The hane at W1 is the wrong play. After B2, W3 and B4 are miai.

Failure 2.  

If it becomes like this, black dies? For black to die, it must take three stones. What if he doesn't take it? the white stones are dead?

The direct placement at W1 allows Black to live with a seki, as in the previous problem.

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Beginner Exercise 57 / Solution last edited by stoned on December 17, 2011 - 23:14
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