players of New Zealand,
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
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
- Lee Bum Woo
2nd equal - Li Long Yang and Du Shiyong
- Daniel Z
2nd - Wi Liu
to these players, and also to everyone who took part in the
to Life and Death problems
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”.
problem: White to play and
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.
problem: Black to play and
problem involves a play “under the stones”, where black must sacrifice some
stones and visualise the shape which will be left after they are
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
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.
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
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