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September 2001's Go Answer of the Month

Dia 1 - Black to play.

Dia 1

It is obvious that White can kill Black. It is much harder for Black to play and live though. How does he do it?

Dia 2 & 3 - Some simple ways to die.

Dia 2   Dia 3

There are also a couple more variations where Black also dies as convincingly as here.

Dia 4 - A more involved way to die.

Dia 4 6 at 4, 7 at 2.

Then when the attempt at widening the eyespace fails as well, many players decide the problem has no solution. Would I do that to you? – Well, yes I would. But not this month!

Dia 5 - Folk have a blind spot to this way of living.

Dia 5 9 at triangle

Its that old chestnut, the 'under-the-stones' tesuji. Don't capture white 6 to protect the threatened black clump. Connect the single black stone and then recapture 6 & 8 with 9.

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