Otake Hideo vs Cho Chikun - 2nd Meijin

    Keywords: Life & Death

Here is the end position from [ext] 2nd game of the 5th Asahi Meijin title match between Otake Hideo and Cho Chikun in 1980. White (Otake) has just resigned because Black managed to invade and live. Go World 22 has a special commentary on this game, revealing the last opportunities for White to win the game.

Does anyone see the path to life?

Black wins by resignation  

I took a crack at it here, but I am not sure I am correct, anyone else?

The path to life?  

It seems to me that Black can now cut at a or b, and that Black also has a favorable double ko through 8. Am I correct here?

DaveSigaty: It looks like the issue here is what happens after White collapses the Ko by exchanging W9 for B10 and then connects at b. Black has to play a so White can push out at c. Black need not let this happen, the problem is B8 here - see below.

Alternative for Black  

DaveSigaty: I think that B1 here is stronger than B8 in the diagram above. The immediate threat is to capture the marked stones with a play at 2. If White connects, B3 forces W4, B5 forces W6, and B7 captures either the corner or the side.

Ko in the corner?  

DaveSigaty: Going back to the beginning. White can also start at 1, I think. Black cuts in the corner but it looks like ko is the most that he can get. This is a very difficult ko for White to win though since Black has many local threats and nothing on the rest of the board looks big enough. Even if White tries to capture the left side with something like a, I think Black has time to answer.

Noel Herradura: The following diagrams were taken from the HnG games discussion at [ext] http://www.bb.wakwak.com/%7Etsuchiya/golax/hikaru/ .

Path to life  
Path to life continued  

Noel Herradura: The marked stones are effectively killed.

Yes, but what happens if White plays the marked stone as 7? All White need do is deny Black an eye, not kill as soon as possible. --BlueWyvern

DaveSigaty: Let's see!

When in doubt - read it out!  

DaveSigaty: Connecting at the marked stone instead of a probably represents White's strongest resistence. However, after the sequence shown above, Black forces once at 1 then stops White pushing out with 3. If W4 (note that 4 at b is answered by Black c), drawing back with B5 looks best for Black. White can capture a stone with W6 but when Black bends around with B7, White is trapped. White can struggle a bit more but cannot break out.

When in doubt - read it out! (2)  

but after B1, can't white start filling up the 4 liberties that black has left?


Deepflow : It doesn't work, i read it out myself and thought i might as well edit the page for everyone else to see. :)

Otake Hideo vs Cho Chikun - 2nd Meijin last edited by velobici on February 3, 2008 - 16:14
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