# Rule of capture

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(Copied from basic rules of Go - this rule is the same in all the various rulesets)

Rule of Capture: If a play surrounds the opponent's stone or stones completely, the player captures them and removes them from the board.

(Example 1)

Before the play

The white stone is almost surrounded. It is adjacent to only one empty point, shown by the square. (An empty point adjacent to a stone or connected group of stones is called a liberty.) It is not adjacent to other nearby points, shown by circles.

Black captures

Black's move surrounds the white stone completely.

After the play

Black's move occupies the last liberty of the white stone, thus capturing it and removing it from the board.

(Example 2)

Before the play
Black captures 3 stones
After the play

The 3 white stones are connected along the lines of the board, and stand or fall together.

Blacks' move occupies their last liberty and removes them from the board, capturing them.

(Example 3)

Before the play
Black captures 5 stones
After the play

A play can also surround different stones at the same time even if not all of them are connected along lines. Black's move captures the surrounded five white stones. For this Black occupies the last liberty of the four white stones at the top which is also the last liberty of the one white stone in the middle. All the white stones without liberties are captured and thus are removed.

(Example 4)

Before the play
White captures
After the play

The White play occupies the last liberty of the two black stones, and removes them.

It does not matter that temporarily a white stone does not have a liberty; after execution of the White play, all stones on the board have at least one liberty again.

Before the play

The play

After the play

Rule of capture last edited by BillSpight on September 10, 2004 - 10:22