4-4 point low approach low extension tenuki, diagonal attachment, 3-3 invasion

    Keywords: MiddleGame, Joseki
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Is the invasion good?  

This is a fairly fundamental position in contemporary go. The white stones on the outside may well be weak, but both players ought to be well-informed about the status of the 3-3 invasion at W1. Can it live?

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Ordinary answer  

B2 here must be counted as the typical answer. Alternatively, Black might block at a allowing White to connect out (nearly) at B2, which is purely defensive; Black might play at b which attempts to kill the corner but is bad shape; or play c, then a, which gives away eye shape to White's outside group.

Q: Can't black also answer at d?

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Avoiding the overplay  

Now W3 is usual and B4 is probably correct shape: to play B4 at a allows White to push through and cut, and is potentially an overplay unless Black is very strong locally[1]. But there are still difficult tactics possible after B4.

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Causing trouble  

White has the idea of playing at W5 here. White could simply live now, but this sets off tactics, assuming Black plays B6 out of fighting spirit. White cuts at W7.

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One way to fight  

If Black plays B8, White will play W9 and matters become difficult.

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Another way to fight  

Black has the other option, of playing at B8 first to see what White does. If W9 then Black will set up the cut at b to break out. This is a tough fight.


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The overplay?  

If Black does block with B1 here, White cannot quite live in the corner. On the other hand White now has a choice of sharp ways to play.

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Not quite alive, but ...  

White W2 and W4 aren't quite life in the corner, yet. But the cutting point at a is serious for Black. Note that White at b has a big effect in life-and-death here.

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As before  

White can also play W2 this way, a transposition into the variation considered earlier.

Author: Charles Matthews


4-4 point low approach low extension tenuki, diagonal attachment, 3-3 invasion last edited by 128.163.110.72 on April 7, 2004 - 19:28
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