3-5 point 5-4 approach, tenuki variations

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White's tenuki  

When Black plays the low black+circle stone, it is a well-known plan in pro games for White to ignore it and play elsewhere.

Black's next play here will be at or near a or b, depending on the importance of the sides. Of course if Black b and White a, White hasn't suffered much damage.

Tenuki twice  

White might in fact wait until Black has played both black+circle stones before reacting. Coming out with the diagonal jump W1 is a classic idea for light play here, as used by Shuho, Shusai, Sekiyama Riichi, Go Seigen.

Not in pro games  

On the other hand one doesn't see White play tenuki after black+circle, in pro play.

The double hane of B1 and B3 is just too good - White may never recover from this loss of good shape and influence.


Here is a tewari analysis of the previous diagram. Starting from a black small low enclosure, W1 is not the most usual, but also not abnormal. B2 is a standard answer, but for white to next exchange W3 for B4 is a big loss, making her stone heavy and allowing black excellent shape with B4 while white's own position is hardly helped.[1]

Known for Black to pincer  

There are some pro games in which B1 is played as a pincer, as shown, or at one of the marked points. The sequence from W2 to W10 and then Black a is standard. After that White must handle two weak groups in a cross-cut fight.

See also bending back.

Charles Matthews, Andre Engels


A normal sequence  

White's ordinary moves in this situation are W3 and W5.

3-5 point 5-4 approach, tenuki variations last edited by MrTenuki on September 30, 2011 - 21:53
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