3-4 point, distant low approach, tenuki

  Difficulty: Expert   Keywords: Joseki
Black's tenuki  

It is possible for Black to ignore white+circle here. This position may also occur as a 6-3 point joseki.

Normal idea  

In practice this sequence appears, in pro games, which is the same as if there were a black pincer stone at a (3-4 point distant low approach) and the usual variation. At this point some deviation should occur.


These are pro plays: B1 to control white+circle, W2 to kill off black+circle is then thick.

See also 3-6 point pincers for some ideas that are rarer, in pro games anyway.

Another idea  

This variation first appeared in Zhang Xuan (Black) vs Yokota Shigeaki (White) on [ext] 1990-04-19. In this Japan China Super Go game, Zhang Xuan won by resignation.

Another joseki  

It is also possible to hane at B2. The resultant position is somewhat low for Black.

The hanging connection of B4 is good for eye shape. B4 may also be played lightly at a or b, with a possibility for entering the corner at c later. It is not advisable for B4 to enter the corner at c without additional support.

W3 may also play higher at d, which may lead to a gote variation or a fighting variation.

3-4 point, distant low approach, tenuki last edited by RickyDemer on August 30, 2019 - 17:56
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