3-5 point high approach kick

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Not too many games found in gobase but essentially White will play a (basic instinct) or b for an interest in the corner.

Basic instinct  

This is the easiest pattern, with White making thickness and Black a solid big corner. If this is too mild, White may descend to a, leaving a cut. If the ladder is good for White or if there is support nearby, this is playable. After W5, Black will play b to avoid being shut in.

Corner interest  

W1 shows an interest in the corner. In terms of shape B2 is normal. B4 shows a black preference for influence. B6 is a technique to create aji. Now Black can aim at a.

Pushing battle  

After B4, both sides reinforce.

Sacrifice or fight  

B4 goes for the corner but it turns black+circle into an empty triangle. After B8, White can sacrifice at W9 or fight with a. We'll show the sacrifice tactics.


Later, a is obviously White's sente.


Removing three stones each, we can see that Black has taken secure 20 points plus expansion to the side and sente. White has taken influence to centre and side with some small aji at a. Then result looks fairly equal. Since the corner has been solidified, perhaps this is a little better for Black (Dieter's evaluation).

3-5 point high approach kick last edited by Dieter on September 23, 2011 - 11:46
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