Rectangular Eight in the Corner

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1. No outside liberties

[Diagram]
No outside liberties  

This position is hyperactive. Its value and play depends upon the ko threat situation. If White is komaster, she can often make seki with sente.

W1 is the strongest attack. B2 is the point to avoid ko. B6 is necessary or White plays there (or to the right of it) to capture the corner. B2 at W5 or B6 will also make a seki, but White would get an extra ko threat.

Nikok34 (KGS) : Can't in this position White can make a bent four in the corner with 1-1?

willemien : No not all bent four's are bent four in the corner. If White plays 1-1 and Black captures, you get the "Not corner bent four 3" on the bent four in the corner page and Black is alive.

Nikok34 : Now I see why ... thanks.

[Diagram]
Variation at 4  

If B4 here, W5 makes a ten-thousand-year ko. Despite keeping sente, this result is generally worse for Black than a seki.

[Diagram]
Variation at 2  

B2 at the 2-2 point invites an approach ko. Black takes first and White owes an approach (square), but nevertheless ko.

If after W5, White gets to play square (the approach move), the ko becomes direct.

[Diagram]
Variation at 2 - White's mistake  

W5 in this variation invites a seki. Without B6 either player can make a throw-in ko.

The Count: This isn't necessarily a mistake, is it? If White has one big ko threat and no others then White can't win the approach ko above, but can win the throw-in ko, and so Black will play B6 and White will make seki which is better than nothing.

[Diagram]
Wrong start: gote seki  

2. Outside liberties

[Diagram]
Outside liberties  

If there is at least one outside liberty, Black is alive with seven points.

[Diagram]
Main line  

Now B2 works. The throw in at B4 and B6 are oiotoshi. (Without outside liberties, B6 would be self-atari.)


Conclusion for the endgame

[Diagram]
Outside liberties  

W1 threatens to destroy seven points in sente. B2 makes seven points in reverse sente.

So, W1 is a typical ko-threat - but it is a bad one. In case of a ko, the previous diagram supplies four ko-threats: that's one more than here.




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Rectangular Eight in the Corner last edited by RobertPauli on January 19, 2018 - 14:48
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