3-6 point pincers

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A comment of Alexandre Dinerchtein: what is wrong with W2 here?

White lives  

The result is that White has a base, in fact is effectively alive (immediate life). The play at a is a big point, to prevent White being shut in.

Miyamoto Naoki's article at [ext] http://gobase.org/articles/miyamoto/ dismisses this pincer, assuming B1 at 3-3 is the only move here.

Below are the two examples of this pincer from GoGoD CD. In both cases the player being pincered rejected the tight play at a and played the shoulder hit at 2. The original pincer at 1 is an unusual move (two cases found in 17000+ games). In both cases it is played from a white position of strength. It is reasonable to assume that the professional players here rejected a as too passive. Imagine both positions if Black plays a and White follows with a play around b, loosely enclosing the small black corner. DaveSigaty

Moves 36 to 37  

Honda Kunihisa (Black) versus Kubouchi Shuchi in the 1980 Tengen tournament played 1980-09-18.

Moves 36 to 37  

Kataoka Satoshi (Black) versus Cho Chikun in the 2000 NEC Cup semi-final played 2000-01-29.

3-6 point pincers last edited by CharlesMatthews on June 4, 2003 - 12:10
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