Parallel Fuseki

    Keywords: Opening, Go term

Chinese: 平行布局 (pngxng bj)
Japanese: 平行布局 (heikou fuseki)
Korean: -

A parallel fuseki (cf. diagonal fuseki) is a fuseki in which both players make their initial plays in adjacent empty corners.

[Diagram]
A common parallel fuseki  

Black begins with 1 and 3 which White answers with 2 and 4. The B and W positions run parallel to each other on opposite sides of the board. Note that if 3 were at 4 and 4 at 3 the result would be the same.

[Diagram]
Another common parallel fuseki  

The precursor of both the Chinese Fuseki and the Kobayashi Fuseki is also a parallel fuseki.

[Diagram]
Not a parallel fuseki  

When W answers 1 with a play in an adjacent corner, B has the opportunity to play in the diagonally opposite corner. If W then plays in the last remaining empty corner, the two players have created a diagonal or tasuki fuseki.

[Diagram]
Shusaku Style is not parallel  

The famous Shusaku Fuseki is neither a parallel nor a tasuki fuseki in the sense that the players do not start out by splitting the corners between them.


The parallel fuseki that have a high profile are the Chinese-style formations, and sanrensei. These however are complex openings, which branch into very many variations from about move 10. Nirensei has been a major presence in professional games for the past two decades, increasingly adopted by White.

One parallel formation that receives relatively little attention (in the English-language literature) is the Orthodox fuseki.


Parallel Fuseki last edited by 24.60.141.8 on June 1, 2016 - 16:06
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