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Post #1 Posted: Mon Dec 25, 2017 11:20 pm 
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Recently, I completed a study of some corner capturing races, shoring up a hole in my understanding of how to evaluate the fighting liberties and ko resources present in different kinds of non-two-eyed corner groups.

For example:

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[go]$$B Do you know the status of this capturing race?
$$ ----------------------
$$ | . . . . . . . . . . .
$$ | . X X X O O O O X . .
$$ | X O O O X X X X X . X
$$ | . O . X . . . . . . .
$$ | . . O X . X . . . . .
$$ | . . O O . . . . . . .
$$ | . . . . . . . . . . .
$$ | . . O . . . . . . . .
$$ | . . . . . . . . . . .[/go]


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[go]$$B Or this one?
$$ ----------------------
$$ | . . . . . . . . . . .
$$ | . . X O O O O X . . .
$$ | . X X O X X . X . . X
$$ | X O O X . . . X . . .
$$ | . O . X . X . . . . .
$$ | . . O O . . . . . . .
$$ | . . . . . . . . . . .
$$ | . . O . . . . . . . .
$$ | . . . . . . . . . . .[/go]


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[go]$$B Or this one?
$$ ----------------------
$$ | . . . . . . . . . . .
$$ | . . X X O O O O X . .
$$ | . X X O X X . . X . X
$$ | . O O O O X . X . . .
$$ | . . . . . X . . . . .
$$ | . . O . . . . . . . .
$$ | . . . . . . . . . . .
$$ | . . O . . . . . . . .
$$ | . . . . . . . . . . .[/go]


In the process of learning how the fighting sequences in these corners worked, I ended up creating several dozen capturing race problems. In case anyone else is interested, here is the SGF with all the problems. I designed it offline in CGoban, so I don't know how well it actually works in Eidogo - feel free to try it either way or in any other sgf editor.

Warning: There may be mistakes in this problem set! I'm just a lowly dan player, and my reading is far from perfect :). Many of these problems could be very hard if you are weaker than strong SDK, indeed many were quite hard for me. If you find a mistake, let me know.

EDIT: Fixed a glitch in the SGF that caused Eidogo to erroneously display "Black to play" in some of the problems. They are all status problems and should be solved from both sides.

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Post #2 Posted: Tue Dec 26, 2017 5:27 am 
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Really nice, thanks

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Post #3 Posted: Tue Dec 26, 2017 3:35 pm 
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Good topic, good research. :) Bravo! :clap:

Some analysis of one of the semeai.



Highlights:

Wonderful things happen on the 1-2 point.

The ko threat situation often affects how to play.

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Post #4 Posted: Tue Dec 26, 2017 5:19 pm 
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Thanks Bill! What a complicated endgame situation :mrgreen: I did find the small-corner-with-hane positions to actually be some of the hardest. Good reading practice. :study:

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Post #5 Posted: Thu Dec 28, 2017 1:19 pm 
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I looked at another semeai, and posted some comments here. viewtopic.php?f=12&t=12327&p=226407#p226407

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Post #6 Posted: Wed Oct 13, 2021 6:04 pm 
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Some nice analysis by lightvector. I looked through the whole file and added some comments.



I only disagreed with one conclusion: MLO-B3

Edit:
However I missed the 2-1 tesuji which Bill mentions in his link. This move seems best in several of the positions with a hane but I didn't see it.


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