Capture go is arguably the simplest possible go variant. The only rules are:
- Black and white take turns placing stones. Passing is not allowed.
- The first player to capture one (or more) of the opponent’s stones wins.
Capture go is a great way to introduce new players to go, since you don’t have to explain scoring or ko. But it is also an interesting variant for experienced players. Many of the tactics from normal go no longer works, most obviously snapbacks and throw-ins. This means that it is generally easier to live: a single two-point eye is enough to guarantee life.
In this thread I’m going to share some of my favourite capture go problems. I’ll start with a super easy one:
Link to demo board
Black to play. There is only one winning move.