3-5 point high approach 4-3 response

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Black takes the corner  

White will almost always answer at W2 (ignoring B1 locally was tried as one of the shinfuseki experiments, but it is not seen in contemporary pro games). Now there are variations according to whether Black next plays a or b.

Black descends  

After B3 descends, W4 is joseki but c and tenuki are also typical plans.

See: 3-5 point 5-4 approach, tenuki variations

White often plays the high approach as part of some strategy based on taking sente after dealing quickly with this part of the board.

Continuation after c  
Black's Nobi  

In some cases B3 nobi is played, concentrating on sound shape rather than territory. Then W4 and B5 leave White ready to extend in the direction of W6. This extension by white agrees with the usual rule (extension from a wall), but there is an important focal point left at d.

Closer extension  

To avoid answering 'd' later, W6 can be played one line closer. According to Goama issue 114, this is the most common extension.

Authors: Charles Matthews, Jared Beck

3-5 point high approach 4-3 response last edited by tapir on September 7, 2014 - 21:12
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