There's a way for Black to catch two White stones here. It's easy to miss, but can you find it?

This isn't it. puts White into atari, but he easily escapes.

This looks strange! Black is putting gimself in atari!

White captures the Black stone, but ...

Aha! When he takes it off the board, he still only has one liberty!

So Black just captures him!

When you put a stone where it can be captured, it's called a throw-in. If it gets captured and you can play in the same place on the next move to capture your opponent, it's called a snapback.



It's smart to sacrifice a few stones if you can get more in return!


Something about words

Japanese has it's own word for a snapback (uttegaeshi). But don't bother to learn it, because Japanese often uses the English word instead. It's called a loan word.

Japanese is written in syllables, not in letters, and it doesn't have syllables for "snap" and "back". So they have to write it in quite a long way, and it comes out looking something like "sunappubakku". But it sounds pretty much like "snapback".

Later on this page, you'll find another example of a loan word. See if you can spot it and work out what it means.


The stone has got caught in a net, but White is hoping to sneak it out with an atari. Can you see it? Does Black need to do anything to stop him, or can he afford to play elsewhere?

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Take a break!

That's all in the section about capturing. Next, we'll take a look at some things about life and death.

But first it would be a good idea to take a break and maybe play some games. Playing lots of games is the best way to get really strong at Go!

I'm going to feed Spike. He's my pet rhinoceros, and he loves aisukuriimu.

When you're ready to move on, click where you want to go.

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UK Go Challenge home 19 November 2003