3-3 point shoulder hit, tenuki variations

  Difficulty: Expert   Keywords: Joseki
White's tenuki  

White may ignore black+circle in this position after the 3-3 point shoulder hit: White shouldn't play tenuki earlier, but Black has played on the second line and this could be a good moment. This plan was played a number of times by Go Seigen.

Black's normal plan  

Usually Black attacks with B1 and B3. Then W4 is the Go Seigen choice of haengma, treating the white+circle stones lightly (Black a, White b, Black c, White d can occur).


This is from Rin Kaiho-Kato Masao (B) 1977-08-11, with colours reversed. The solid play with B6 took territory along the left side, in this case.

Not a time to tenuki  

If Black plays black+circle in this way, White seems rarely to play tenuki, in pro games.


This is from Hu Yaoyu-Yi Ch'ang-ho (B) 2003-01-22. After W4 White is threatening to play at a. Black however plays tenuki; and after B9 has created a strong group to minimise what White can do on the left.

Charles Matthews

3-3 point shoulder hit, tenuki variations last edited by CharlesMatthews on May 23, 2003 - 10:05
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