Sunday Problem #68

Published 19 Sep 2021 by antti (last edited 3 Oct 2021)

This is an original problem arranged from a shape that appeared in a recent tournament game by Lukáš.

Black to play.

The peep of 1 looks tempting, but is actually a mistake. After white 2, the white corner cannot be captured; black 3 is probably the strongest attempt, but after 4–8, the miai of ‘a’ and ‘b’ ensures White’s life.
White fails
It is correct for Black to directly hane at 1. If White turns with 2, then 3–7 kill the group; this is a failure for White.
In response to the hane of 1, White should counter-hane with 2. After Black’s inevitable cut of 3, White can then resist with 4 and 6, and after black 7 a kō for White’s life is formed at 2. This is the best either player can do.

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antti wrote 3 months, 2 weeks ago:

Solution added.