Farmer's hat half eye

  Difficulty: Intermediate   Keywords: Life & Death, Tesuji

Abstract shape


In this abstract shape, White can force Black into a connect and die.


Black connects to a farmer's hat eye shape. If Black does not play B2, White can make two eyes. Next, ...


... Black plays inside at B4, the vital point of the farmer's hat eye shape. If White does not connect at W5, Black can make the eye false by playing there.

The net result is that White has an eye in gote, also called a half eye. This is a common line of play in life and death problems.

In the farmer's hat half eye, note the importance of the black+circle stone or similar, which prevents White from escaping out.



This White group is dead, because it has two half eyes. That is, either a play at a or b reaches one eye in gote, so that Black can destroy the other one.



How many eyes can White get?


At least one eye, because W3 is an atari on the black+circle stone...


... but not two eyes. In other words, White gets one eye in sente (a three-quarter-eye).

This is also a common line of play in life and death problems.

Farmer's hat half eye last edited by PJTraill on June 27, 2019 - 00:27
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