# Hitachi Number 9 / Solution

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Here is the published solution for Hitachi Number 9.

Black to play.

After Black 1, a and b are miai.

Variation 1

In this variation, White cannot play at c because of a shortage of liberties.

Variation 1, continued

FCS: After Black 5, are Black's stones sufficiently saved?

Jonathan Cano: Yes. Next diagram...

Variation 1

Once Black connects the square-marked group to the circle-marked stone White can not keep these stones from escaping into the middle of the board where they can (presumably) link to a strong black group or make two eyes.

Thanks for the comment. I'll amend the original problem to include this assumption.

The following variation aroused a bit of debate in rec.games.go. Apparently the published solution did not show how to continue after Black 3...

Variation 2

How should Black continue? He must not let White play a and b or else Black will die. Black can keep White from connecting by playing at a, b, or c. At c is my current preference:

One possibility

This sequence is not so straightforward. See below (Dieter 2k).

Continuing ...
Continuing (2)

With Black 5, Black captures the marked white stones. If White plays 4 at 5 ...

White's left side dies

White's marked group only has six liberties while Black's marked group has at least seven.

Can anyone improve on this?

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"One possibility" - Dieter continues

This sequence is confusing: Move number 9 prevents White from playing at a in sente, but lets White live with 10. Black could kill White by playing at 10 himself.

"One possibility" - continued

White 2 makes one eye and now threatens the connection at a or the second eye at b. However, she has a weakness at c, as shown.

"One possibility" - White prevents the cut

Black 1 prevents the connection. White now has to patch up the aji of Black a and plays kaketsugi at 2. Black plays 3 to reduce White to one eye, and he wins the semeai.

"One possibility" - White makes life

White still makes shape up to 8. Of course, Black's better off, splitting the two white groups.

White makes life AND takes the outside

And yet another possibility ...

White makes life AND takes the outside

... a complicated fight.

White makes life AND takes the outside

unkx80: The fight need not be so complicated. =)

A second possibility:

Second possibility

That's why in my humble opinion Black 5 is a better answer: after Black destroys White's eye shape with 9, White a is no longer sente for connection . White a and b are miai killing the white group:

Second possibility - a capturing race
Second possibility - a capturing race
Second possibility - a capturing race, 6 at 1

White is five liberties down in this capturing race.

The above demonstrated that White ''a' is an overplay. So, White captures at 1, Black 2 recaptures at the marked spot ...

Variation 2 - continuation
variation 2 - continuation

White 3 recaptures yet again - it's not a ko - and her stones are all connected. Although the marked white stones in the corner are dead, White still has the aji of the ogeima at b, so Black's corner is not too big. In the "capturing race" diagrams, White loses a lot of points compared to this diagram.

My question

I don't understand, why can't Black play 1 in this diagram?