4-4 point 3-3 invasion joseki, hane and inside hane

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A rare special hane approach  

A novel technique in pro games, beginning in the 2000s, is to play B1 in preparation for the double hane.[4] The intention of this move is to get extra thickness by shutting white off from both sides. It is mainly applied in cases where Black has a stone at a, b or c; that is, exactly when the crawling fight mentioned at the 4-4 point 3-3 invasion double hane would go poorly for Black. See 4-4 point 3-3 invasion joseki, hane and inside hane.

Inside hane  

The inside hane at B1 is indeed a third possibility to consider in the 4-4 point 3-3 invasion joseki (after B7 and B3). The order of W4 and W6 is moot, although the order given here gives slightly more room for variation: Black can exchange black a for white b before blocking at B5, and white can play W6 at W8, giving up prospects in the center in exchange for more aji on the upper side.

The result  

With this result White has sente but Black has been able to shut off both sides.

Summing up on this idea: White has lived quickly, and left some outside aji by playing white+circle. Black's influence is going to work well with a stone at any of a, b, c and Black has successfully avoided the variation in which White makes a ponnuki on the upper side. Black has become quite thick.

Temporary Note?: Is Black thick, or does White have aji? The presentation is a little awkward, if not contradictory.

tapir: Can't it be a bit of both? White has a cutting stone she can put into motion later -> some funny business, Black is quite strong on both sides even then. In professional games it is mostly seen with a black extension already in place on both sides.


White can resist black's plans by playing the atari at W2 here, then continuing with W4 here or at a. However, B5 is a big move in either variation, denying white's group eyeshape in the corner and thus keeping it weak.

4-4 point 3-3 invasion joseki, hane and inside hane last edited by yuzukitea on July 30, 2022 - 17:40
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