4463 enclosure 2-5 approach

    Keywords: MiddleGame, Joseki
Very low approach to 4463  

One way to enter a framework built up around a 4463 enclosure is with W1 on the second line, sometimes called a submarine. This gives better chances of unconditional life than the 3-3 invasion, which normally becomes ko. On the other hand: there are some complex variations possible; White may need to apply sabaki techniques; and it is undeniable that White may end up with a low position.

White will often invade this way when black has a stone at or near black+circle. One key idea here is that the directions of a and b are miai.

Black's answers  

In pro games, four replies from Black are most commonly seen. In order of popularity, they are:

Naturally, since this is a middlegame joseki, any nearby stones may have a big effect on the choice of direction and subsequent fighting.

variation c  

When black plays B1, white's most common answer is at or near W2. The following moves depend on the surrounding positions. Sometimes white will play b immediately to make eye shape; more often white will wait until later to decide between a and b. Black will usually play at or near d to chase white into the centre, but sometimes black will press at c.

variation d  

B1 is only usual if there is no stone around a. The reason is that White can live comfortably in the corner. If there is a black stone around a that is too much to give her, but with no stone there, denying her the corner will give her a comfortable position on the side, so it is not as much of a disadvantage. Still, even in that case, if Black wants to confine white to the corner, Black b instead of B1 is more usual.

standard sequence  

Although W3 would be enough to live, White will crawl at W1 once to avoid being completely hemmed in on this side. After B4, White can make a living group with either W5 or White a. W5 is obviously better endgame at the top, but White a leaves some aji of cutting. If Black does not want White to play a, he exchanges Black a for White b before playing B4; however, if White would have played W5 anyway, this exchange becomes aji keshi.


4463 enclosure 2-5 approach last edited by AndreEngels on October 2, 2016 - 10:45
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