# Xuanxuan Qijing Problem 2 / Solution

Solution

The clamp of is the solution. The strongest resistance black can try is a; b creates too many cutting points, while c allows white to live in the corner.

Resistance 1: Connection

After black connects, white connects under with and lives through a complicated running fight. Although black can try A or B, neither will kill white.

Resistance 2: Tiger's mouth.

After at , white can live with a or escape with b.

Resistance 3: Descent

Black descends.

Next white tries to capture the three black stones. Notice is threatening to play at in sente and then make life with a. Were White to play at , she would have miai of playing at a and capturing the two marked Black stones. Black destroys White's eye with . After , Black can't escape.

Descent follow-up ( error)

Note that the order of moves is important. If white play like this...

Descent follow-up (continued)

This variation fails because white is short on liberties, so white's exchange of for in the previous diagram is premature.

Xuanxuan Qijing Problem 2 / Solution last edited by 68.99.65.50 on April 14, 2012 - 03:21
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