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The article solid connection defines it as "a connecting technique that joins previously cuttable stones to each other so that there is no gap between them. Because all the stones now belong to the same chain, the stones connected this way can never be separated from each other again." In Japanese practice, there are finer distinctions. Some of the Japanese terms used for solid connections include the following:
These meet certain criteria laid out below.
By contrast, the specific types of looser connection are:
Common criteria for the solid connections listed in the first set of bullets above:
As a thick cut protection, these characteristica apply:
As thick shape, also these additional characteristica apply:
This differs in the folliwing way from the current definition of solid connection, as cited above:
As a consequence, the following examples are "solid connections" according to the current parent page's description but not "solid connections" according to the the more specific definition on this page:
There are these two major meanings for solid connection:
Here are examples for the first meaning:
The opponent White could cut by 2 successive plays. This fulfils the cut condition of the definition. So we have a solid connection here.
Now some counter-examples follow:
This is not a solid connection because it does not protect against a previously possible opposing cut.
This is not a solid connection, e.g., because the opponent can capture the created string and therefore it is not thick shape.
This is not a solid connection because the opponent threatens a capture but does not threaten a cut.