Senket — Puzzle of the Week #2 Solution

This is the solution to the puzzle of the week #2.

Red plays at 5, which prevents Blue 4 from connecting to either side. Here are some of the sequences:

If Blue 6 as shown here, Red 7 cuts off that side, and allows Red to make territory with either D or E; Blue can only block one of them. (He should block D) There are variations on this if Blue 6 plays at 7 instead.
Red has two ways to make territory, and Blue can stop only one.

Red has two ways to make territory, and Blue can stop only one.

 

If Blue 6 on the left, then Red 7 cuts off that side, and Red can make territory at D or E.   

If Blue tries the other side, Red can still find two ways to make territory.

If Blue tries the other side, Red can still find two ways to make territory.

Blue’s best response to Red 5 is probably here. Blue 6 still forces Red to respond with 7 — anything else and Blue 8 at D captures Red. Then Blue 8 takes 5 points back.

Blue salvages 5 units of territory.

Blue salvages 5 units of territory.

If Blue plays at 6, Red 7 can make territory at either D or E, and Blue can prevent only one of them. This scenario can also result in 5 points for Blue.

Blue tries the direct approach, but Red still finds two ways to make territory.

Blue tries the direct approach, but Red still finds two ways to make territory.

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