Squeeze tesuji

    Keywords: Tesuji, Shape

Chinese: 滚包 (gun3 bao1); 滚打 (gun3 da3)
Japanese: シボリ (shibori)
Korean: 조여 붙이다

Table of contents Table of diagrams
Squeeze tesuji
Squeeze tesuji
Continuing pressure
Final position
Lethal squeeze (White 4 connects)
Black can't resist
White solves a larger problem
Black is dead

Introduction

The squeeze tesuji is a play by which you squeeze the opponent's stones into an inefficient dumpling shape. Often a successful squeeze includes sacrificing one or more stones to make the opponent's shape bad first.

The squeeze wrings out the liberties of a group of your opponent's stones by a combination of atari moves and/or atari threats.

Squeeze plays are very rewarding and normally quite easy to spot. With a bit of practice you can also see how to set up a squeeze by forcing your opponent into a bad shape, and conversely, how to avoid being squeezed yourself.

Example 1

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Squeeze tesuji  

In this example, after White plays W1, Black invites the cut with B2, sacrifices B4 ...

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Squeeze tesuji  

... in order to force with B6 and then squeeze with B8 and B10 - ending up with good shape and leaving White in a dango shape.

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Continuing pressure  

Black continues to squeeze White, making territory in the process.

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Final position  

White's group is still weak.


Example 2

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Lethal squeeze (White 4 connects)  

The squeeze can also be used as a capturing technique. In this example, Black sacrifices the marked stone to squeeze with B1 and B3 and subsequently kills with B5.




Example 3

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Black can't resist  

Before connecting, White pushed a little bit into the center with W1. Black could not resist B2. Instead of trying to save the marked stone, White plays W3.

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White solves a larger problem  

Followed by W5, which seals the black group in.

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Black is dead  

B6 leaves Black with a very bad shape, and White plays out to W7, guarding against a cut at a, and sealing off Black's escape route through b.


The top two examples on this page are shamelessly copied (with permission) from goproblems.com - which has many other tesuji problems as well.

See also


Squeeze tesuji last edited by bootmii on December 9, 2013 - 06:53
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