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 Post subject: Martian problem #1 Posted: Sun Aug 23, 2020 3:12 am
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Let me present you a problem I called the "Martian problem":

On a trip to earth a Martian learned to play Go and back on Mars he taught the game to his entire planet and now the Martian champion is at the professional 9th dan level.
You have the opportunity to meet this champion and your goal is to determine what rules (AGA, Chinese or Japanese) he plays. For this you can offer him a position by asking him what (first) move he plays from this position.
Which position do you choose to know its rules of the game (one of three possible) at the sight of this "only" first move? "

In this problem, and concerning ko rule I suppose:
for AGA : strict SSK
for Chinese : strict PSK

For the time being I found two different positions which can fit in a 11x11 goban.

Hoping someone will be interested by such challenge

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 Post subject: Re: Martian problem #2 Posted: Thu Aug 27, 2020 7:52 am
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Black to move
`[go]\$\$B\$\$ -----------\$\$ | O O O . . -\$\$ | X X O O X -\$\$ | . X O O X -\$\$ | O X X O O -\$\$ | X . X X . -\$\$ -----------[/go]`

The diagram above, on a 5x5 goban, is not a solution of the martian problem but is a position in which the first move will immediately detect if the rule used is the japonese one, comparing to chinese or AGA rules.

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 Post subject: Re: Martian problem #3 Posted: Thu Aug 27, 2020 8:27 am
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Should we assume that le man from mars is a liar?

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 Post subject: Re: Martian problem #4 Posted: Thu Aug 27, 2020 9:32 am
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Oops, of course not. The man from mars is a very serious player at the 9 dan professionnal level who is unable to play a move other than the best one.
The only problem for you is that you do not know what rule he learned.

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 Post subject: Re: Martian problem #5 Posted: Thu Aug 27, 2020 9:48 am
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Gérard TAILLE wrote:
Let me present you a problem I called the "Martian problem":

On a trip to earth a Martian learned to play Go and back on Mars he taught the game to his entire planet and now the Martian champion is at the professional 9th dan level.
You have the opportunity to meet this champion and your goal is to determine what rules (AGA, Chinese or Japanese) he plays. For this you can offer him a position by asking him what (first) move he plays from this position.
Which position do you choose to know its rules of the game (one of three possible) at the sight of this "only" first move? "

In this problem, and concerning ko rule I suppose:
for AGA : strict SSK
for Chinese : strict PSK

When the Martian plays his move, what do you expect? Will the move maximize his score? Or do you require that by each rule set there is a distinct winning move, while other moves do not win?

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 Post subject: Re: Martian problem #6 Posted: Thu Aug 27, 2020 10:03 am
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Good question.
I only expect he will maximize his score. For that reason I do not need to give a komi for each rule.

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 Post subject: Re: Martian problem #7 Posted: Mon Aug 31, 2020 2:26 pm
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i only see a3 as an option for blacks first move no matter the rule set.

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 Post subject: Re: Martian problem #8 Posted: Mon Aug 31, 2020 3:32 pm
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phillip1882 wrote:
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i only see a3 as an option for blacks first move no matter the rule set.

You missed that this situation is in fact a seki, black will not play A3 but pass instead :

`[go]\$\$Bc pass, pass, pass\$\$ -----------\$\$ | O O O . 1 -\$\$ | X X O O X -\$\$ | . X O O X -\$\$ | O X X O O -\$\$ | 4 2 X X . -\$\$ -----------[/go]`

So the score is W+1 under territory rules (the captured stone at A1 ), better than W+2 in the other lines.

And under area rules, the score is W+2, worse than W+1 in the other lines

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 Post subject: Re: Martian problem #9 Posted: Tue Sep 01, 2020 5:33 am
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Correct Tryss.

Seeing you have verify my previous diagram was able to detect the japanese rule I will show you another diagram which intends to detect the AGA rule:

White to move
`[go]\$\$B\$\$ -----------\$\$ | . X X O . -\$\$ | X X X X O -\$\$ | . X X O . -\$\$ | O O X O O -\$\$ | . O O . O -\$\$ -----------[/go]`

Of course I also discovered a 5x5 position which is able to detect the chinese rule but I would like to let you the pleasure of discovering such position by yourself.

The martian problem itself is of course far more difficult!

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 Post subject: Re: Martian problem #10 Posted: Tue Sep 01, 2020 8:22 am
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Play under AGA rules.

`[go]\$\$W\$\$ -----------\$\$ | . X X O 1 |\$\$ | X X X X O |\$\$ | . X X O 2 |\$\$ | O O X O O |\$\$ | . O O . O |\$\$ -----------[/go]`

`[go]\$\$W\$\$ -----------\$\$ | . X X 4 . |\$\$ | X X X X 3 |\$\$ | 5 X X O X |\$\$ | O O X O O |\$\$ | . O O . O |\$\$ -----------[/go]`

Then both pass and White wins by 2.

`[go]\$\$W Variation 1\$\$ -----------\$\$ | . X X . 5 |\$\$ | X X X X O |\$\$ | 4 X X O . |\$\$ | O O X O O |\$\$ | . O O . O |\$\$ -----------[/go]`

Then both pass and White wins by 2.

`[go]\$\$W Variation 2\$\$ -----------\$\$ | . X X 5 4 |\$\$ | X X X X O |\$\$ | . X X O . |\$\$ | O O X O O |\$\$ | . O O . O |\$\$ -----------[/go]`

Then both pass and White wins by 4.

`[go]\$\$W Variation 3\$\$ -----------\$\$ | . X X W 2 |\$\$ | X X X X O |\$\$ | . X X O 3 |\$\$ | O O X O O |\$\$ | . O O 1 O |\$\$ -----------[/go]`

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Then three passes and the result is jigo.

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 Post subject: Re: Martian problem #11 Posted: Tue Sep 01, 2020 9:17 am
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`[go]\$\$Bc pass, pass, pass\$\$ -----------\$\$ | O O O . 1 -\$\$ | X X O O X -\$\$ | . X O O X -\$\$ | O X X O O -\$\$ | 4 2 X X . -\$\$ -----------[/go]`

ok but the question is, what would be a different first move territory versus area?

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 Post subject: Re: Martian problem #12 Posted: Tue Sep 01, 2020 9:49 am
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phillip1882 wrote:
ok but the question is, what would be a different first move territory versus area?

With the seki variation Black has 10 points and White 12 points under area scoring, so the score is W+2. But Black will rather play another move, either A3 or E1 :

`[go]\$\$Bc\$\$ -----------\$\$ | O O O . 2 -\$\$ | X X O O X -\$\$ | 3 X O O X -\$\$ | O X X O O -\$\$ | X . X X 1 -\$\$ -----------[/go]`

And then Black has 12 points and White has 13 points : score W+1, better for black than the seki.

So, if the martian play under Area scoring, he'll start with A3 or E1, and if he's playing under Territory scoring, he'll start with E5

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 Post subject: Re: Martian problem #13 Posted: Tue Sep 01, 2020 10:19 am
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okay thank you for clarifying.

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 Post subject: Re: Martian problem #14 Posted: Sat Sep 12, 2020 1:06 am
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`[go]\$\$B \$\$ -----------------------\$\$ | . X O . O O X . X O |\$\$ | X X O . O O X . X O |\$\$ | . X X O O O X X O O |\$\$ | X X O . O X X O . O |\$\$ | O O O . O X O . O O |\$\$ | X X O O O X X O O X |\$\$ | . X X X O O O X X X |\$\$ | X X . X X b O X . X |\$\$ | X . c . X X O O X . |\$\$ | X X . X X a X O X X |\$\$ -----------------------[/go]`

Black to play. I think, a is best with japanese rules. b is best with AGA rules (SSK) and c is best with Chinese rules (PSK).

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 Post subject: Re: Martian problem #15 Posted: Sat Sep 12, 2020 7:01 am
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Matti,

`[go]\$\$B \$\$ -----------------------\$\$ | . X O 3 O O X . X O |\$\$ | X X O 4 O O X . X O |\$\$ | . X X O O O X X O O |\$\$ | X X O . O X X O . O |\$\$ | O O O . O X O . O O |\$\$ | X X O O O X X O O X |\$\$ | . X X X O O O X X X |\$\$ | X X . X X 1 O X . X |\$\$ | X . 6 . X X O O X . |\$\$ | X X . X X 2 X O X X |\$\$ -----------------------[/go]`

takes connect at

Difficult position with this sutuation in the upper right corner. I guess you spent a lot of time (like I did myself!) to find such position.

In do not understand why, in Chinese rule (PSK), you cannot play "b"?
What about the sequence 1 to 7 in the diagram above, knowing of course that, between each move, you must insert 4 moves in the right corner ?
In addition, even in japonese rules, a move on "b" seems not a bad move (though a little stupid) because black seems able to win the ko "a" in any case.

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 Post subject: Re: Martian problem #16 Posted: Sun Sep 13, 2020 1:10 am
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Gérard TAILLE wrote:
Matti,

`[go]\$\$B \$\$ -----------------------\$\$ | . X O 3 O O X . X O |\$\$ | X X O 4 O O X . X O |\$\$ | . X X O O O X X O O |\$\$ | X X O . O X X O . O |\$\$ | O O O . O X O . O O |\$\$ | X X O O O X X O O X |\$\$ | . X X X O O O X X X |\$\$ | X X . X X 1 O X . X |\$\$ | X . 6 . X X O O X . |\$\$ | X X . X X 2 X O X X |\$\$ -----------------------[/go]`

takes connect at

Difficult position with this sutuation in the upper right corner. I guess you spent a lot of time (like I did myself!) to find such position.

In do not understand why, in Chinese rule (PSK), you cannot play "b"?
What about the sequence 1 to 7 in the diagram above, knowing of course that, between each move, you must insert 4 moves in the right corner ?
In addition, even in japonese rules, a move on "b" seems not a bad move (though a little stupid) because black seems able to win the ko "a" in any case.

`[go]\$\$W \$\$ -----------------------\$\$ | . X O . O O X 3 X O |\$\$ | X X O O O O X 1 X O |\$\$ | . X X O O O X X O O |\$\$ | X X O . O X X O 4 O |\$\$ | O O O . O X O 2 O O |\$\$ | X X O O O X X O O X |\$\$ | . X X X O O O X X X |\$\$ | X X . X X X O X . X |\$\$ | X . O . X X O O X . |\$\$ | X X 5 X X X X O X X |\$\$ -----------------------[/go]`

White continues like this to win the molasses ko.

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 Post subject: Re: Martian problem #17 Posted: Sun Sep 13, 2020 1:28 am
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Gérard TAILLE wrote:
Matti,
In addition, even in japonese rules, a move on "b" seems not a bad move (though a little stupid) because black seems able to win the ko "a" in any case.

It is a bad move. He cannot win the ko. The game becomes no result.

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 Post subject: Re: Martian problem #18 Posted: Sun Sep 13, 2020 3:07 am
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Matti wrote:
Gérard TAILLE wrote:
Matti,
In addition, even in japonese rules, a move on "b" seems not a bad move (though a little stupid) because black seems able to win the ko "a" in any case.

It is a bad move. He cannot win the ko. The game becomes no result.

Yes Matti of course you are right, I forget to take into account a game with no result. Does that mean that, with japenese rules, the game ends always with no result if the players want to avoid to lose the molasses ko? In this case any of the a,b,c moves seems correct and lead to a no result game, doesn't it ?

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 Post subject: Re: Martian problem #19 Posted: Sun Sep 13, 2020 3:19 am
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I still do not see how white could win this molasses ko. Starting from your last diagram I continue by:

`[go]\$\$W \$\$ -----------------------\$\$ | . X O . O O X . X O |\$\$ | X X O O O O X . X O |\$\$ | . X X O O O X X O O |\$\$ | X X O 2 O X X O . O |\$\$ | O O O 5 O X O . O O |\$\$ | X X O O O X X O O X |\$\$ | . X X X O O O X X X |\$\$ | X X 3 X X X O X . X |\$\$ | X 4 O 6 X X O O X . |\$\$ | X X 1 X X X X O X X |\$\$ -----------------------[/go]`

between and
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and white must pass and lose the molasses ko

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 Post subject: Re: Martian problem #20 Posted: Sun Sep 13, 2020 9:46 am
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Gérard TAILLE wrote:
Matti wrote:
Gérard TAILLE wrote:
Matti,
In addition, even in japonese rules, a move on "b" seems not a bad move (though a little stupid) because black seems able to win the ko "a" in any case.

It is a bad move. He cannot win the ko. The game becomes no result.

Yes Matti of course you are right, I forget to take into account a game with no result. Does that mean that, with japenese rules, the game ends always with no result if the players want to avoid to lose the molasses ko? In this case any of the a,b,c moves seems correct and lead to a no result game, doesn't it ?

No. Black can connect at .
`[go]\$\$B \$\$ -----------------------\$\$ | . X O . O O X 4 X O |\$\$ | X X O . O O X 2 X O |\$\$ | . X X O O O X X O O |\$\$ | X X O . O X X O 5 O |\$\$ | O O O . O X O 3 O O |\$\$ | X X O O O X X O O X |\$\$ | . X X X O O O X X X |\$\$ | X X . X X 6 O X . X |\$\$ | X . . . X X O O X . |\$\$ | X X . X X 1 X O X X |\$\$ -----------------------[/go]`

Next black swings back the molasses ko.

`[go]\$\$B \$\$ -----------------------\$\$ | . X O . O O X O 3 O |\$\$ | X X O . O O X O 1 O |\$\$ | . X X O O O X X O O |\$\$ | X X O . O X X 2 X O |\$\$ | O O O . O X 4 X O O |\$\$ | X X O O O X X O O X |\$\$ | . X X X O O O X X X |\$\$ | X X . X X O O X . X |\$\$ | X . . . X X O O X . |\$\$ | X X . X X X X O X X |\$\$ -----------------------[/go]`

pass

Now white may swing the molasses ko back and play a move. Black swings it back and passes. Eventually white runs out of external moves and must also pass. Black also passes and the game ends.

If there is and additional ko with the molasses ko the game can go on forever.

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