Door group

  Difficulty: Beginner   Keywords: Life & Death, Proverb
The door group  

The black shape in this diagram is called the door group, and it is dead as it stands.

Attempt to live  

Creating some sort of shape by turning at B1 is Black's strongest attempt to live. White refutes it by reducing Black's eye shape with W2. After that, a and b are miai to limit Black to one eye.

One leg  

The door group with one extra leg is unsettled. Since a move at a reduces the shape to the dead door group, it is White's killing move. Incidentally it is also one of the moves allowing Black to live. From this it is also easy to understand that the door group with two legs is unconditionally alive.

Derived shapes  

The presence of hane at the marked points helps a bit towards life for the black group, while absence of either black+circle stone helps a lot towards its death. Keeping this in mind, together with the shapes above, will help you to analyse similar situations in your games.


Live with a hane  

With a hane (black+circle), Black can live by playing a turn on the side with hane (B1). After B5, White can't connect at a. In general, to take advantage of a hane in making a life, induce the opponent to play on the point two spaces away from the hane (W4).

Exercises on the door group:

Door group last edited by hnishy on February 16, 2023 - 22:43
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