4464 enclosure

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4464 enclosure  

The one-space enclosure based on the 4-4 point. The 3-3 invasion at a lives for White (with some marginal lines). See 4464 enclosure 3-3 invasion for an example. The contact play at b is another good way for White to play here.

Further ideas are White coming in on the second line at c or d. If White plays at e, she can expect the attack with the diagonal attachment: the other techniques all try to avoid that, when it is a heavy way to play.

4-3 contact play

4-3 contact  

When White chooses W1 as a way to enter the framework, it is probably the case that Black has stones in the direction of the circled points. The idea of W1 is to live or make sabaki here more easily than with the 3-3 invasion: the presence of other black stones affects the decision in tactical and also strategic ways.

White expects the answer Black a, or Black b, according to the importance of the corner or outside. In pro games each is played about 50% of the time, rather suggesting that W1 is played when it sets Black a problem to decide: so W1 has some kind of probe status.

Black takes the inside  

When B1 is played, White's major idea is to play out at a. White also plays at b, which is more like a sabaki technique, or attempt to force Black. White at c is something of a new technique, appearing in some recent pro games.

White's reply at 'a'  

After W1 B2 can be assumed: then W3 is a play that could be missed. The answer B4 is solid: Black at p is seen too, but that leaves White the cut at q to aim at. Assuming black+square is in place, W5 builds a base inside the original framework.

White's reply at 'b'  

When W1 is played as hane on the outside, this is the main line as seen in pro games (B2 at W5 is also known). After W7 White has succeeded in creating a fight here, with options of forcing at the x points or pushing down at y. Of course this fight holds some dangers for White, too. The exact positioning of nearby stones will now affect future developments.

This position can occur also for the 3363 enclosure. See also 3-4 point distant high approach, tenuki, inside contact, final diagram.

White's reply at 'c'  

The idea behind W1 here is probably to insist on part of the corner, when Black has opted to defend it. One expects B2 and W3. Then Black decides between: Black at a, with White forced to seek life on the second line; or Black b which challenges White to live small, or use the cutting points in some other way.

Charles Matthews

4464 enclosure last edited by CharlesMatthews on June 7, 2003 - 07:59
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