Woman professional Go players will answer your questions in turn.
Hello, Ms. Suzuki. I am very fond of life-and-death problems and I study them every day. Recently Iíve been wondering how you and other professionals go about composing life-and-death problems. I would be grateful if you could tell me, in concrete terms.
Question by Mr. Sasaguchi
Hello, Mr. Sasaguchi. Thank you for your question.

I admire you for studying life-and-death problems every day.
In my case, there are three main ways I compose problems.

1. I take positions from my own games or games Iíve played through and change and revise them to make them into problems.

2. I take stones from the go bowls and just scatter them on the board. I then rearrange them to make problems.

3. I take sequences that have occurred to me while playing and make a shape in which this sequence becomes the right answer.

I should mention that the second method is quite difficult and requires a certain amount of skill. The same applies to the third method: itís sometimes difficult to recreate the sequence or there are other moves that become the correct answer.

In short, I compose the overwhelming majority of my problems by the first method, so this is the one I recommend. Youíre also more likely to come up with problems that are relevant to actual play.
Life-and-death problems are evaluated on their difficulty (the brilliance of the technique involved and the naturalness of the shape). I wish you the best of luck in your own efforts.
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