11. Two Endgame Problems
The Interplay Between Gote and Sente

by Richard Bozulich

In choosing a move in the endgame, you must take into account not only the size of the move and what it threatens, but also the interplay of gote and sente in relation to other positions on the board. Here are two problems that illustrate these factors.

Black to play
Problem 1. Black to play
Ending in sente here is more important than gaining the maximum number of points. Where should Black play his first moves?

Black to play
Problem 2. Black to play
Not only does White's group at the top have bad aji, there are also some problems with White's group at the bottom. What are the best moves for both sides?

Answer to Problem 1

Answer to Problem 2