First moves are reasonably easy (white at )
It is an approach ko, so the fight spread to the edge... ( takes back ); is an inner ko threat
shevious: Why so complicated solution is needed?
This solution is almost idential to Variation2.
However, if b responds to , it's alive.
fractic: At the EGC in Groningen I heard a claim the usual solution to this problem is in fact wrong. It was suggested that Black should push twice on the first line as a single ko threat. I haven't gone over all the variations myself but it seems that either White has to let Black out at the wrong point or Black has something to work with in the lower left corner.
f3etoiles Is this an urban legend ? There was something similar in the British Go Review, more than 30 years ago, but I never saw those variations, posted a message (in the French Go Review) and never had any answer. I have discussed this problem with amateurs and pros for the same 30 years, and seriously studied it again those last months for my improved(?) variant. So I can hardly believe it. Any diagram, anybody? (If I understand you correctly, you would have Black pushing twice for a single threat, at move 35 or about ? But then, black threaten to go out one line nearer the corner, and it doesnt work at all, no?
f3etoiles Sorry for the above commentary. It does seem to work (see following variations) So this has been hidden for an incredible number of years ???
Now, of course, a number of new questions arises :-) No other blocus works (like 8 above 7 in solution 5', check it), but what about the geta (6 above 7)? And is white forced to answer the second ko threat (4 in diagram 4') at 5? To be continued, for sure...
f3etoilesThe geta looks more promising, but I am certainly not confident...
f3etoiles After some more thought, I dont think this ko idea is correct, as White can, too, play his own threats in wrong order. But the same idea can be used after the ko fight, giving rise to this absurd variation ,which indeed seemed to have always been missed :
fractic: The idea that white can also play his ko threats at once is so obvious once you mentioned it. But your new black move is interesting.
fractic: It looks like white can just assume that the a b exchange happened and just play .
fractic: The only new line to check is black pushing out with . But I think white can just manage to keep black contained. at a is another move to consider.
fractic: Black pushing out at a with to increase liberties won't work since white can just play b and Black can't escape. But after white will have enough liberties to capture the black group.
f3etoiles I agree there is only one line to check here, but after 3 in your line, the clamp works for Black...
fractic: at seems to work.
shevious: For at in the above diagram, Black will go to ko fight.
The result seems to be quite similar.
White at , then Black cuts at a.
fractic: Yeah you are right. I missed earlier.
f3etoiles Just for fun, one continuation after this :
shevious: How about simple connection before ko fight?
The corner is just the L-Group.
(Black a instead of , White same at .)
White b instead of also seems to work, but it's complicated since involves.
This seems to work for white.
f3etoiles: But actually, the real question is a long time before : what happens if White tries to block one line higher :
shevious: Actually, I was thinking about it, too. :)
Before discussing the variation, we need to remove the groundless stone from the problem.