Senket — Puzzle of the Week #6 Solution

Blue dies miserably.

Blue dies miserably.

In Puzzle #6, Blue has several ways to fail.

Blue can’t make territory with 3 on the right. Red  shuts that down with 4, and then locks Blue in with 6.

Blue's distinctly un-alive here as well.

Blue's distinctly un-alive here as well.

Blue can’t escape with 3 on the left. Red shuts the  door with 4, and then blocks Blue from making  territory with 6.

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Blue succeeds, but he could have done better.

So what will work? Blue 3, shown here. It prevents  Red from playing there. Now if Red makes any move other than 4 or A, Blue plays at A and makes  territory immediately.  

Note that although Blue escapes with 5 and 1 is safe from becoming a prisoner, Red can follow up with 6  at B and take a total of 15^2 = 225 points, so this isn’t a very good outcome for Blue. He had better ways to invade — the next puzzle will look at that.

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  1. Pingback: Senket — Weekly Puzzle #7 « Geoff Canyon’s Appeal to Authority

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