3-4 point low approach, two-space high pincer, press, cut

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Cutting through  

When Black cuts through the White pressing move instead, with B1 and B3, the position will become difficult for White if she fights on the left. Instead W4 is normal, trying to set up a driving tesuji.

Black has a choice at B5

  • a is the common play.
  • b leads to the driving tesuji.
  • c and d are also pro plays.

a - the common joseki

Cutting through  

After B7 net, White at a is honte, but White could consider pincering Black's marked stone.

b - The driving tesuji

Driving tesuji - but Joseki too.  

If Black continues with the obvious looking B5, White has the driving tesuji to break out. Although White played a tesuji, Black has not to worry as the driving tesuji helps Black to develop the left side - even if his two stones on the upper side end blighted. For B11 both a directly play at B13 or at b is possible too. There is room for complications with W12 at a,

It has recently (after 2005) been seen more often again in professional play.

Driving tesuji - another way  

Both given (and some more) variations are included in Takao's Joseki Dictionary.

Why White does attach with W4?


Black's marked pincer stone works so well with B5 that W4 here, which is an obvious move according to crosscut then extend, is hard to play. White at a and b have been tried instead.

Mostly written by Charles Matthews, WME by Tapir

3-4 point low approach, two-space high pincer, press, cut last edited by tapir on December 3, 2011 - 15:24
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