tiger snap-back (Chinese)

    Keywords: Shape, Tactics, Go term

(removed from tiger's mouth to disambiguate - Dieter)

Source: Yansheng Zhai (1942-), Wei qi chu jie, or "Go" for beginners, Cosmos Books Ltd, HK, 2003, p.26.


The circle point is the distinguishing feature of the tiger shape, with only 1 liberty. Without stones being in proximity, or support, any play at that point may be captured straight-away. That is why tiger shape may exist in such variations.

Black can play at either circle point to kill by snapback.  

As long as the 1 liberty feature exists the shape can be considered a tiger shape. This is because there might be good tactical reasons to play at the circle point.

For example (although unconfirmed) One type of go tactic, the snapback, always involves a play at such a point.

tiger snap-back (Chinese) last edited by CrystyB on February 28, 2012 - 23:47
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