Rectangular six

    Keywords: Life & Death

Chinese: 板六 (bǎn lił)
Japanese: 板六 (ita roku)
Korean: 판륙

A group with a big eye with the shape of a rectangular six, is alive except for rectangular six in the corner.

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Rectangular six without cutting points

Rectangular six  

Here, the eyespace has three on the side, but in the center or with two on the side the implications are only better for White. The vital points are b and w and they are miai for life with six points.


W2 lives via a or b: If Black plays one of them, White responds at the other.

Main line  

B3 at W4 would only threaten to make seki rather than to kill, and would be Black's last threat here since White's reply would be at W6.

Inferior for Black  

W2 makes miai of a and b for Benson-life with six points. Accordingly, Black only has one more ko threat here. Furthermore, that threat is just to make seki rather than to kill.

Rectangular six with cutting points

Rectangular six with cutting points  

There are two cutting points (induced by black+circle) in the otherwise ordinary looking rectangular six. Notice that one of the two chains has no outside liberties at all.

The status of this group is actually unsettled. If Black plays first, White can be killed. The Chinese calls this [ext] 断头板六 (literally, "decapitated" rectangular six).

Rectangular six with cutting points  

Black can kill by playing the placement at B1 and then cutting at B3. Owing to shortage of liberties, a White move at a would be self-atari, so White can no longer form two eyes.

Rectangular six with cutting points  

On the other hand, if the rectangular six group has two cutting points as shown, then it is still alive. The comb formation is essentially a rectangular six with two cutting points of this form. Life and death can be so strange.

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Rectangular six last edited by Dieter on April 21, 2021 - 16:00
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