Ongoing Game 1 / Move 249

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In Ongoing Game 1 Black 249 is a response to White's one-point sente play. It is obviously large enough to require a response, but it still may be instructive to evaluate it. :-)

Black 249: Black plays first  

W2 elsewhere.

B3 - W4 is sente. The five marked points are Black's territory.

Black 249: White plays first  

Black can reply at a, making ko. The ko is complicated, but does not seem to gain anything on average, by comparison with simply filling. The worst that Black threatens is to take W1, yielding the same result as if Black played first. The only way Black could gain, on average, would be if W2, taking the ko, did not threaten much. But it does.
If Black does make the ko with Black a, for White to connect at W3 is usually inferior. Normally it is better to play elsewhere instead.

Now let's look at the follow-ups.

Black's follow-up  

After B1 the two marked points are Black's territory.

White's follow-up  

White takes away the rest of the points at stake.

Now we can make a game tree:

                       / \
                      /   \
                     5     B
                          / \
                         2   0

A stands for the original position, B stands for the position after White plays.

We reckon that Black has 1 point of potential territory at B, the average of the result of Black's gote and White's gote. Each gote play from B gains 1 point, so they have a miai value of one point.

Similarly, we reckon that Black has 3 points of potential territory at A, and that a play at A is worth 2 points.

(Note: B is actually ambiguous. Instead of taking gote White can simply play at 3 with sente. Well, sort of sente. The position after White 3 is also ambiguous. None of that affects the value of B, or A.)

-- Bill Spight

Ongoing Game 1 / Move 249 last edited by MrTenuki on July 9, 2006 - 02:13
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