3-3 point high approach

  Difficulty: Advanced   Keywords: Joseki
3-3 point: keima kakari  

Against the black stone at 3-3, W1 is considered not to be a correct kakari in itself.

Black will play at B2. To avoid a black move there, White is more or less forced to play at W3.

The problem with this move is that White is pushing Black along the fourth line. The black territory is considered to be worth more than the white influence.

Also note that Black is walking ahead of White, and that White is still open on the edge. Rather than W1, any of the marked points is regarded as joseki (see 3-3 point josekis).

However, the W1 does have its uses, and is seen in pro games.

An example derived from a database search:


The point presumably is that W9 makes a good relation with white+circle.

3-3 point high approach last edited by Dieter on September 23, 2011 - 13:57
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