3-4 point high approach one-space low pincer, tenuki

  Difficulty: Expert   Keywords: Joseki
White's tenuki  

It is unexpected if White ignores Black's pincer black+circle. Black can get a good result by connecting under next.

Knight's move  

In fact by frequency in a database search, B1 here is the most common way to play. This is Black taking an aggressive line.


This is the way it has gone in a number of pro games (B7 could be at a, also). Black has developed on both sides while White still has a weak group. The result differs from a standard joseki by the presence of the black+circle stone - which makes a large difference.

Connecting under  

It is also a pro move to connect under with B1. Then White immediately plays W2 as kikashi, taking a key bulge point before Black can. After that White can play a for a light shape here; or plays tenuki again.

Charles Matthews

3-4 point high approach one-space low pincer, tenuki last edited by CharlesMatthews on April 30, 2003 - 15:02
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