Kyu Exercise 9 / Solution

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Black kills White  

If Black plays first he can kill White by playing B1. White has to answer at W2 otherwise Black's stones can escape to the marked stone and White dies.

Next Black plays B3. Note that this play reduces White's eye space - it is no longer possible for her to make an eye at B1.

White has to capture at W4. If she does not, Black captures W2 and his stones escape.

Position reached  

In this position we see that White's eye space is four points in a row (the circles). The squared point is not eye space (imagine Black playing at a).

But four in a row (bent four) lives, I hear you say. That's true, but only if its borders are completely defined. Here, one side is still open. So ...


Black plays at B1 ('There Is Death In The Hane') and reduces White's potential eye space to ThreeInARow. However, White would have to capture B1 and divide the space with one move - something that isn't possible.

White's best attempt is to play at W2. But this fails as well. Black plays at B3 and even if White captures the two stones with a Black plays again at B1 and White is left with only one eye.

Also notice that black has another killing move. The placement at 2 makes miai of 1 and a. 3, of course, fails to repair the eyeshape.


B1 here is a mistake. It robs the black stones of an essential liberty.

Black tesuji? No chance.  

If Black tries to falsify an eye with B5 at f, W6 at a leaves a live bent four. Any play inside is met easily by W6 at f. Black can play inside a second time, but it's no use - that's only two plays, and any of the three points b, c and d let White divide the space; and there are no cutting points to exploit.

Even if White were careless and let Black take all three points while playing tenuki, it would just make seki. (That only costs White six points actually; four in territory after making the eyes, plus two prisoners. But Black can later sacrifice that seki at an eight-point cost, and get two ko threats out of it. Tenuki plus two points net in exchange for two ko threats...any expert opinions on that trade-off?)

Arno, SAS, Karl Knechtel

Kyu Exercise 9 / Solution last edited by togo on November 27, 2012 - 20:10
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