Tasuki Fuseki

    Keywords: Opening, Go term

Chinese: 对角布局 (dujiǎo bj)
Japanese: - タスキ布石
Korean: -

A tasuki fuseki (or diagonal fuseki; cf. parallel fuseki) is one in which both players make their initial plays in diagonally opposite empty corners. This dispersal of the strength of each player's initial stones is thought to give rise to close-fought games. Well known examples include the regulation fuseki and cross hoshi; see also opposing 3-4 points. The pushing battle and counter-pincer joseki family becomes important for diagonal fuseki.

[Diagram]
A common tasuki fuseki  

When Black plays 1 at komoku (3-4 point), White plays 2 in the adjacent corner facing B's open position, perhaps intending to use 2 to support an approach move at 'a' shortly. B now has the opportunity to play in the diagonally opposite corner from 1 (at 3 or another point close by). If W now plays at or around 4, the result is a tasuki fuseki.

[Diagram]
Not a tasuki fuseki  

The first 3 plays are the same as above. However, instead of playing in the empty corner, White approaches the upper right immediately at 4. Black plays away (tenuki) in order to take the open corner himself with 5. White perhaps plays 6, having forgone the play in the open corner in order to have the opportunity to torment Black with her favorite taisha joseki :-)

The term tasuki, meaning "sash", is analogous to the kimono sash worn crossed diagonally across the body.

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Tasuki Fuseki last edited by Dieter on January 15, 2013 - 14:34
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