Gokyo Shumyo, Section 1, Problem 34 / Solution

White lives  

This move, making nice shape, captures black+circle and simultaneously protects against the Black clamp at a. Any other move would allow Black either to capture two stones or to place a stone at a, connect it and reduce White to one eye.

Main line  

All in all, this is a familiar line of play. Black can't connect at W5 because of shortage of liberties

Variation 1  

Because of the circled liberty, White can descend to W5, because Black's play at a is not atari.

Variation 2  

Hmmm. This variation is probably even not worth giving. Anyway, it is important for White to answer B2 at W3.

Wrong 1  

At first this also seems to work, but the atari at B8 is a wrecking move.


Gokyo Shumyo, Section 1, Problem 34 / Solution last edited by hnishy on January 14, 2023 - 03:08
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