3-5 point low approach

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Low approach to the 3-5 point  

The approach play W1 is the low approach to the 3-5 point, See that page for alternative approach plays.

The variations after W1 are amongst the most complex known to go players. They include the taisha joseki and the 3-5 point, 4-3 approach, one-space pincer, each of which ramifies into hundreds of separate lines. The content of these joseki is interesting, but systematic study of them can be postponed until dan level.

3-5 point, 4-3 approach, one-space pincer 3-5 point low approach two-space low pincer 3-5 point low approach three-space low pincer 3-5 point low approach press taisha joseki 3-5 point low approach two-space high pincer 3-5 point low approach three-space high pincer
Plays on the top side  

The complexity arises from Black's plays designed to pressure white+circle. There are the seven choices a to g. In order decreasing popularity they are:

Plays on the left side  

On other other hand Black can equally play B2 on the left side, to take up position before playing aggressively. Such plays, at one of the marked points, are just as popular in pro games.

Charles Matthews


Since taisha joseki games may be collected and published preferentially, it's hard to know what the figures really mean here.


The press is a little too direct to be seen frequently in pro games; but probably kyu players should be familiar with it.


The one-space low pincer is very good if Black already has other stones nearby (so the figures may underestimate its use).

3-5 point low approach last edited by 2601:0281:8000:c090 on December 28, 2022 - 23:15
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