3-5 point low approach one-space low pincer, tenuki

  Difficulty: Intermediate   Keywords: Joseki
White's tenuki questionable  

Here it is generally a bad idea for White to ignore the pincer black+circle. When Black plays B1 there is too little aji left to work with in the corner. Probably the position after B1 is better for Black than if White had simply allowed Black to enclose the corner at white+circle; while the local tally is the same.

This position from an Oteai game 1970-04-22 developed from a Shusaku fuseki-style side at W1. The tenuki play W9 was matched by B10 to attack White's shape. See Avalanche - connection for the sequence on the left.


As the game progressed, the gain from W3 is balanced by Black's bending back of White with B4.

Since there was no komi, White may have felt that complex trade-offs were required.

Charles Matthews

3-5 point low approach one-space low pincer, tenuki last edited by mgoetze on April 4, 2004 - 16:58
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