Kyu Exercise 29 / Attempts

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White to play.  

Oryx: Here's what I see, from my limited 20K perspective.

The upper part of the B group is clearly alive; even if W whittles down the top, a, b, and c are miai to make eyes. So what's the best that W can do?

W can't completely separate the bottom group from the top, because y and z here are again miai, but both for B to connect to the strong top and for W to connect to the lonesome white+square.

Also, I don't see any immediate threats against W that she has to defend against.

I'd say the best that W could do in this case is reduce B as much as possible, not seeing any super threat, is E3, threatening the B groups and forcing him to answer in gote.

Dieter: You're close. You have the move, but should put less faith the apparent strength of Black's upper part.

Black dead?  

AdamMarquis: After W1, black needs a and b to get an eye on the lower side. If black plays c, White can push at d. If Black blocks, he still only has a straight three, and is dead. If Black plays d...

Black resists.  

AdamMarquis: ... White can throw in. B2 doesn't help, as white can play W3, still leaving the eye false (If black takes the two stones, white simply throws in at W1 again).

I think, therefore, that black is dead. He does have, at my count, 5 ko threats to live. 3 from playing as in my diagram, one to make an eye on the bottom, and one to cut off the two white stones. Depending on what is "off-screen" to the right (like a strong black group), perhaps he has more threats to escape?

Kyu Exercise 29 / Attempts last edited by AdamMarquis on November 21, 2004 - 00:01
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