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Bill: Which is better is a very difficult question, and impossible to answer, I think, without knowing the rest of the board.

One huge threat  

Bill: If White lives with W1, B4 is a ko threat to kill White's group.

Smaller threat  

Bill: If White lives this way, B4 does not threaten to kill, only to capture some stones. This may make a difference in a ko fight.

White ignores Black's threat  

Bill: If White ignores Black's threat and wins the ko, then Black can play B1 in sente.

Residual threats  

Bill: But after White lives with W2, B5 is a threat to kill,...

Residual threats (cont.)  

Bill: And so is B7. B9 threatens ko for the life of the group.

Bill: Given the possibility of these residual threats in a second ko fight, I think that there may be whole board situations where allowing one huge threat is better. However, I think that there are many more situations where the proposed solution is correct.

Bill: Well, I am arguing with myself, but I think I'll leave my brainstorm here for reference. The fact that there may be some residual ko threats is not enough to make allowing one huge threat better. The reason is that White, having made the correct play originally, can simply reply to the smaller threat and achieve the same outcome. So the correct play is never worse than the incorrect play. There just may be some curious situations in which they come to the same thing.

Anon: Perhaps I am missing the point, but surely white is alive without adding a move. If black approaches from the outside, white makes the ishi-no-shita shape already discussed.

TsumegoFromGames11/Discussion last edited by on July 13, 2012 - 23:10
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