I am a relatively new player trying to show my friend how to play the game and while going through the rules and playing a few 9x9 games these three topics still did not sit well with them:
The first is on the concept of capturing stones. I took a screenshot from sensei’s library to help illustrate the idea. They want to know why playing (1) doesn’t count for black. I tried to talk about it in terms of initiative with capturing stones. And that since white was the one attacking they get the benefit. They want to know why this is the case. If anyone can provide a better, different, or more fundamental explanation I would really appreciate it!
Another topic my friend was wondering about is why this boarder example (or similar) is true. I tried to talk about how it is more about the fact that the stones have lost all their liberties. Another explanation would be helpful. I tried talking about how the boarder is like the edge of the world falling off and it counts for both sides.
The third topic covered was about eye-space. They were unconvinced that if you have eight white stones in a “circle” creating a single eye and then 16 black stones surrounding those. “Why is it not whites territory?” Or if you have 13 white stones that make two eyes completely surrounded by black stones, why is ~this~ whites territory but the other not?
I tried to mention how you can not place two stones in a single turn but I think it comes back to issue one about why playing inside someone else’s claimed territory doesn’t count just because the other side had the ‘initiative’ so to speak to attack first.
Any clarity on these issues would be much appreciated!!