Shoulder hit

    Keywords: MiddleGame, Shape, Go term

Chinese: 尖冲 (jian1 chong1)
Japanese: 肩付き (kata-tsuki)
Korean: 어깨짚음

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Shoulder hit  

The play W1 is a shoulder hit with respect to black+circle. It is a very sly move. The main purpose of the move is reduction, i.e. decreasing the potential territory of the opponent. And the main advantage of the move is that it is not easy to catch or cut off this stone.

Black can choose between playing at a or b. Each choice has its advantages and should be considered depending on where the shoulder hit happened.

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Shoulder hit against the side stone  
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Usual joseki  

White managed to reduce Black's framework to the left.

 HolIgor

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Shoulder hit last edited by Unkx80 on July 30, 2008 - 23:51
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