3-3 point distant high approach

  Difficulty: Intermediate   Keywords: Joseki
Distant high approach  

This choice of W1 is the most common way to approach a 3-3 point, in professional games.

Black's replies  

Black's normal replies are at a to d, in that order of popularity. A pincer in this case would be an unusual plan.

Therefore in the case of the 3-3 point, White can choose the direction of play: this contrasts with the 4-4 point, and shows that the 3-3 point is less flexible.

White extends back  

White would then extend back to W3, or a or b, depending on the side position as a whole. White's position is light, and not of course yet territory, considering the open skirt at the marked points.

It is possible for W3 to be tenuki here: see 3-3 point distant high approach, tenuki variations.

Charles Matthews

3-3 point distant high approach last edited by CharlesMatthews on August 18, 2003 - 14:35
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