3-4 point distant high approach, corner keima

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Corner keima  

Black aims to take the corner and remove possibility of white attaching at c. White can respond at a or b or tenuki.

White takes the outside  

This is a common variation. B4 may choose to push one more time at a, exchanging with White b, before playing at B4 or c.

Black pincers  

Even more common is a black pincer at or around B1. White usually exchanges W2 for B3, then jumps out. The continuation depends on the surrounding position, in particular the presence or absence of a black stone at a.

White pushes  

White can also push with W1. The points a and b are now miai. White will often tenuki in this case.

Black starts large avalanche.  

Black can resist and try to start the large avalanche joseki. In fact this seems to be the most common answer in professional play.


The third option for black is to withdraw with B1 here. White will now usually take sente, treating her stones as light because black has answered on the inside. Black then has follow-up moves at B9 or a. For white the follow-up moves are b, leading to a conversion to the 3-4 point, high approach, inside contact, solid connection, or W2 in this diagram. The diagram shows one possible variation, there are other options in particular for W6.

3-4 point distant high approach, corner keima last edited by AndreEngels on February 24, 2016 - 11:26
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