3-4 point low approach three-space low pincer taisha
After , White's options include the descent of a and the push at b: see "Descent variations" and "Push variations" sections below. The play at c is a classical joseki.
Earlier branches can occur here: for example is currently often played at .
At least two non-trick-move continuations have been worked out with the three-space low pincer.
One begins with Black b, the other with c; each is shown below.
Black has sente, but his center stones are heavy.
Charles The recent games I've seen all have at the squared point.
Black finishes with a and achieves a much lighter shape than in continuation 1 above.
At the same time, White has less definitive eye shape on the outside. The cost of these advantages for Black is a loss of some corner territory. Perhaps this makes continuation 2 the better choice, in general. This continuation appears in Ishida's Joseki Dictionary.
This is the main line variation where turns, instead. Charles