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Suicide in Go

Suicide would occur when a player places a stone where it has no liberties. It is actually illegal to perform this move. Even if you could, it is difficult to see where it would be to the advantage of the player performing the move.

Suicide can occur with more than one piece. There is a condition that exists that looks like suicide, but is in fact not suicide. In our second example, it is black's turn. Black MAY play on the X. The reason is that the white stone in atari can be surrounded and captured. Thus, the new stone now has one liberty. It might seem that white could simply come back and recapture. He cannot because this creates a condition called ko where he is returning the board to a previous condition. He must move elsewhere, allowing the black player to consolidate his position (or to also move elsewhere).

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