Go players of New Zealand,
It seems that go activity is on the increase.  I have heard rumours of an on-line competition between Otago and Auckland in the near future, and also of the resurrection of the Go Kichi trophy challenges.  The Go Kichi trophy is a very nice go-ban, which is sporadically played for (and on), and is held by the winner until the next successful challenge.  More on these events in the next issue.  Meanwhile…
The Auckland Go Champs
The Auckland Go champs were held on 24-25 May.  From the sketchy details available, it seems that 16 players took part: 10 in the Open section and 6 in the Handicap section, with the following results:
1st - Lee Bum Woo
2nd equal - Li Long Yang and Du Shiyong

1st - Daniel Z
2nd - Wi Liu
Congratulations to these players, and also to everyone who took part in the event.
Answers to Life and Death problems
OK, here are the answers to the problems in the last newsletter.  Both of them exemplify the first fundamental of Life and Death, i.e. “widen your eye space” (for life) or “reduce the enemy’s eye space” (for death).  The second fundamental is “occupy a central eye-making point (vital point)”  (both to live and to kill), but when you encounter a life-and-death problem, the first fundamental is where to start.  This is the origin of the proverb “There is death in the hane”.
Easy problem:  White to play and kill
White first reduces the enemy eye space with the hane at 1, then occupies the vital point with 3.  Finally, the throw-in at 5 makes a false eye of the remaining space.
Advanced problem:  Black to play and live
This problem involves a play “under the stones”, where black must sacrifice some stones and visualise the shape which will be left after they are removed.
Diagram 1.  Black widens his eye space with 1 then occupies the vital point with 3, forming at least one good eye.  White must reply at 2 and 4, lest black occupy these points to live unconditionally.  Black 5 captures two white stones.
Diagram 2.  White must throw in at 6, attempting to force a false eye, but black replies at 7, allowing white to capture four stones with 8.
Diagram 3.  Black has read out the entire sequence, and visualized this shape.  He recaptures the two white stones with 9 to form his second eye, and lives.
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July 2003