3-4 point low approach, two-space high pincer, press, cut
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When Black cuts through the White pressing move instead, with and , the position will become difficult for White if she fights on the left. Instead is normal, trying to set up a driving tesuji.
Black has a choice at
- a is the common play.
- b leads to the driving tesuji.
- c and d are also pro plays.
If Black continues with the obvious looking , 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 both a directly play at or at b is possible too. There is room for complications with at a,
It has recently (after 2005) been seen more often again in professional play.
Both given (and some more) variations are included in Takao's Joseki Dictionary.
Black's marked pincer stone works so well with that 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