One-Two-Three example 1

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Immediate action needed  

In this variation (Gokyo Shumyo, Section 1, Problem 95 / Attempts) White must capture the two black+circle stones or the two black+square stones to win the fight in the corner. The question is, does White play directly at a, or at b first?

Playing hane first  

It is probably easier to read the variation where W1 is at b of the previous diagram. Then B2 and B4 will follow. Clearly Black should only play Black c, White d before going back to B4 as a way of giving up the black+square stones. Otherwise the one-two-three principle definitely applies: White gains from having the stone at d.

Playing hane first (continuation)  

Then White can play W1 and W3 to capture the black+square stones (discussion of various nets at net example 8).

Playing magari first  

But White can just bend with W1 anyway. The end result in this diagram is the same as before, except that White previously had given Black a stone with White a, Black b. That's a clear loss.

Also with this way of playing Black has no chance of the Black c, White d exchange mentioned before.

Therefore this serves as a definite example of the 1-2-3 principle in fighting.

Charles Matthews

One-Two-Three example 1 last edited by CharlesMatthews on June 5, 2003 - 17:34
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