4-4 point 3-3 invasion, jumping away

  Difficulty: Expert   Keywords: Joseki
The modern move  

This choice of B1 is a relatively modern move, which became quite popular from the late 1980s onward. The aim of the move is to keep sente. In professional play, a has been the common response. Since the advent of strong bots, B1 has been the default move in the invasion patterns, and b is the default response.

The default pattern


After the W2-B3-W4 exchange, Black can play away, if the board is mostly empty, to be the first to play in an either empty or 1 stone corner.

The price for playing away is that White can play a. Black remains with a wall without extension. AI bots have evaluated this as playable for Black.

If Black plays a himself, White will play b and either take sente or hane at the head & foot of 2 stones.

If Black continues here, he should do so at b or c.

Double hane to keep sente  

If Black plays double hane at B1, White will take the stone, giving Black a forcing sequence up to B9. Then Black plays elsewhere, leaving a big point at a.

Inside hane  

With the inside hanes at B1 and B3, Black forces White into the corner, but loses sente. (B7 can also strongly connect at a). White can play elsewhere

resisting W5 @ black+circle  

White can resist like this. She gets out in sente with W9, but Black makes a lot of profit and gets central influence.

Inside and outside hane, Black sente  

Using the combination of inside and outside hane, Black takes influence but now with sente, while White gets out.

Inside and outside hane, White sente  

Black can also stop White from going into the top side, but at the expense of losing sente.

The attachment

Tricking black  

White can play W2 here. If B3 extends, we revert to this pattern and Black loses sente.


So, B3 should hane and we get a fight.

Fight (ctd)  
Fight (ctd - sacrifice)  

We get this rather amazing sacrifice. White has the corner and outside influence. Black has a strong group and sente.

4-4 point 3-3 invasion, jumping away last edited by on April 9, 2019 - 21:58
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