Six-space Extension Test

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Bill: I was taught that 5 spaces was the limit for an extension, because a longer extension left enough room for the opponent to make a normal extension inside. I was also taught that if you extend from a wall of height, H, you can extend H + 1 spaces.

There is not really a conflict here, because the first piece of advice is about extending from 1 stone, and the second is about making a secure base.

However, it does lead to a question:

6-space extension test  

Can White make a successful invasion, either splitting Black in two or making life inside?

Charles Matthews Cf. game 2 of the 1975 Oza final, Ishida Yoshio-Otake Hideo. But after looking at that game, I'm not sure I'd want to give a one-sentence answer. Perhaps it can be said that black+circle takes up position correctly on the side, but Black's formation is a little loose.

With supporting stone  

jared: With the marked white stone W1 is probably the place to enter.

GoTraining: The simple thing is to say if you have the same side corners, for example hoshi at q16 and hoshi at q4, can black/white live by playing on the q10 star point in between the two? This is very likely. The wall formula only amounts to a certain degree. (wall formula: N+1 is the extension point jump from the wall where N is the height of the wall) After a 6 point jump or more, one could say that the wall is not a wall, the wall is only thick.



Otake - Ishida 1975-11-17 (1)  
Otake - Ishida 1975-11-17 (2)  
Otake - Ishida 1975-11-17 (3)  


Yu Ch'ang-hyeok - Che Zewu 1992-07-29  

Six-space Extension Test last edited by GoTraining on November 12, 2006 - 01:44
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