3-4 point low approach three-space low pincer taisha

  Difficulty: Expert   Keywords: Joseki
Taisha, low pincer  

After B9, 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 W2 is currently often played at W4.

Descent variations

Descent variation, low pincer  

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.

Continuation 1  

Black has sente, but his center stones are heavy.

Charles The recent games I've seen all have W4 at the squared point.

A black play in the direction of a might be urgent. This continuation appears in Whole Board Thinking In Joseki, as does a similar one in Ishida's Joseki Dictionary.

Continuation 2  

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.


Push variations

White turns  

This is the main line variation where W1 turns, instead. Charles

3-4 point low approach three-space low pincer taisha last edited by CharlesMatthews on November 21, 2003 - 10:20
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