3-5 point low approach, press, tenuki variations

  Difficulty: Expert   Keywords: Joseki
Press joseki, tenuki  

It isn't expected that White can safely ignore B1: but this has been seen in pro games.

White has some aji  

Naturally B1 has a huge effect on white+circle: but there remains something for White in the position.

Sabaki point  

White can start with W1 to salvage something from the position.

Try for life  

White can also try for life in the corner. If B6 is at a to defend the cutting points on the outside, White lives with b. Naturally all depend on White's chances of fighting a way out on the upper side, if Black takes a stronger line.

Another tenuki line, in fashion in the 1960s, comes when White ignores B5 to play elsewhere. This was a move of Kitani, also used by others.

Black becomes thick  

Then B1 is a move to build thickness. With W2 White is alive; Black a after it threatens the corner with ko (Black b-f).

Charles Matthews

3-5 point low approach, press, tenuki variations last edited by CharlesMatthews on May 22, 2003 - 18:37
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