Large jump to avoid being sealed in

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This jump is a good technique to avoid being sealed in. Black cannot cut off the stone:

Black can't cut  

White must capture the cutting stone with W4 and W6, leaving her a and b to connect.

White allows Black to cut  

Bill: So Black may play B3, inviting W4. (If White replies at W5 instead, she does not get the ponnuki of the previous diagram: see next diagram.)

White prevents the cut  

Velobici: White can prevent the cut with W4. Black can not play at W6 in place of B5, for White will play at B5.

White prevents the cut but is struggling  


White prevents the cut  

... maybe White doesn't want to commit suicide.

grolich: White probably doesn't want to lose his eyes and be left with an unsettled weak group. On most board, white take the ponuki shape on the inside in Bill's diagram and live. He may even get two moves in a row on a ladder breaker, or some other aji from the cutting stone. Better than running about eyeless and being pushed around, at least in most positions.

You go out and fight instead of living when you are in a proper condition to fight, which is probably not the case here.

unkx80: This diagram does not make sense to me. Why doesn't W2 or W4 tenuki?

Large jump to avoid being sealed in last edited by Unkx80 on August 24, 2008 - 17:26
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