Capturing race  

Black should cover at B1 to make an eye and avoid a double ko. B9 is at black+circle and then B11=a, W12=b, B13=c and it's an approach ko for White, direct for Black.

Capturing race  

This was the game play. Black has to win two kos now.

Failure to find a working sequence (reading)

bugcat: I'm not sure this was primarily a matter of reading. I came to the solution by just applying two observations.

1. "One eye beats no eye". A and B make an eye, C doesn't; so let's exclude C.

2. Black A allows White B; Black B allows White A. However, White B increases the liberties of the corner group whereas White A doesn't. Therefore Black B is better than White A.

At my level (3-5k) I can barely even try to read this semeai, so I leant on this path of reasoning. If I can narrow the position down to Black B, White A, and Black blocking to keep the eye, I can attempt to check that path -- if Black doesn't obviously die, great, we can play it.

DietersMistakesIn2022/Solution3 last edited by bugcat on January 25, 2022 - 03:27
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