Black is at the bottom. Please treat the white stones as being black. Sorry about the imperfection.
This sequence also applies to fewer handicap stones, with three exceptions:
The AGA rules of 1991 specify exactly the same rules for handicap stones.
Actually they use the diagram above with 9 replaced by 5 and each side hoshi number increased by one. Then they start to explain that
- the diagram shows the placement for a handicap of 9, that
- for 6 you need to clear the center column,
- for 7 you need to clear the upper and lower side hoshi,
- for 8 you need to clear the center, and
- for the rest you simply follow the sequence given in the diagram.
Before all that they mentioned that for one rank weaker you take black. Well, that's almost as bad as 8 diagrams.
Is this the Kansai Kiin version? This booklet exchanges 7 and 8 (pp. 22 - 23). Strange: With no symmetry to be considered, why shouldn't 7 prefer the top just like 1 did?