# Endgame Problem 8 / Solution

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9x9 diagram

-Kris Rhodes

Mistake - Black loses

Note that for Black to connect at leads to a hideous loss, because of a shortage of liberties. (Yes, I assumed this was the answer until I gave it more thought.) -- Bignose

Kris: I think there is a move worth one more point - but of course, Black wins in either case.

Lucky

Lucky: Black can play any of the marked points a-g with the same result. If White captures three stones...

... after Black can connect. Black wins by 7 points.

If Black does nothing
If Black does nothing (ii)

If Black does nothing (passes) he cannot connect after .

Ko

White takes ko and has more threats (see HolIgor sequence). So White connects the ko and Black wins by 6 points. Black has lost a point.

If Black does nothing

From this position...

If Black does nothing

Shouldn't this be the next move?

-From Jasonred

White response

Playing here is the same as connecting at in the initial diagram. White could play , capturing the four black stones. If Black responds with , captures all seven stones.

Endgame Problem 8 / Solution last edited by Phelan on July 9, 2006 - 01:34