Three-Space Notchers

    Keywords: Life & Death

Three-space notchers are groups that consist of a chain on the second line, interrupted by a notch of three empty spaces on the second line and three stones on the third. The term was invented by James Davies. See also Notchers, One-Space Notchers and Two-Space Notchers.

Three-space notcher  

The rule for a three space notcher is either "Four die, Six live" or "Five is unsettled". Verify for yourself that Black can live and White can kill by playing at a in the diagram. For this reason a is called the vital point of this formation.


Three-space notchers  

Marked points: weaknesses
Marked stones: legs


See notchers for the coding.



Even if Black takes the vital point at 1, White first destroys eyeshape, then makes miai of a and b. With one of his weak spots occupied by White, the black group's eyespace is almost filled with three in a row.

Hence 311WW, 311WN and 311WS are also dead


Black 1 makes life.


Black still needs to play at 1 to make life.

311 is dead, except for 311NS and 311SS, which can live

Three-Space Notchers last edited by Dieter on October 17, 2008 - 10:46
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