Make A Fist Before Striking

    Keywords: Strategy, Proverb

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This proverb teaches us to attack from strong groups, not weak ones. Therefore, one should sometimes reinforce before attacking. Another way of looking at this: the reinforcing move has a value in itself (e.g. taking territory). If there is an attack as follow-up, it qualifies as a double-purpose move and can be sente.


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Here, B1 aims at the marked invasion (besides taking the corner). If the invasion is played before Black 1, White can still dive into the corner.

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The attack may not have the desired outcome.



See also: Leaning


Make A Fist Before Striking last edited by Dieter on September 17, 2014 - 19:01
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