Cho Chikun - Kato Masao, 14th Judan 1975 (Triple Ko)


Kato had Black, game was played 1975-07-10, according to gobase.

Triple Ko  

Kato Masao got lucky in the 14th Judan. In his match against Cho Chikun, the result was void because of this triple ko. The game was replayed, and Kato won the rematch and went on to win the title.

zinger: A fascinating position! But why is it said that Kato “got lucky”? Black seems to be doing just fine elsewhere on the board.

knott? Can someone explain to me why White simply can’t fill the ko with 5? Is it a liberty to many in the example for the white group, I simply don’t see the triple ko in this case.

Triple Ko  

Herman Hiddema: If, instead of taking the ko with W5 at a, White fills the other ko with W5 like this, then Black takes with B6 and White takes with W7. Now the situation is a direct ko. White has only two liberties. Now Black has to find a ko threat (b or c, for example).

So White has this option, but if White does not think he can win this ko, or if the loss he has to take to win it is too large, then he is better off retaking at a with W5.

So White has the option to turn the ko into a direct one, while Black has no such option. If White feels that he would lose if he made direct ko, then W5 is the logical option, forcing Black either to concede the ko or to acccept “no result”.

This would also call into question whether Kato “got lucky”.

Cho Chikun - Kato Masao, 14th Judan 1975 (Triple Ko) last edited by PJTraill on February 17, 2022 - 22:52
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