4-4 point low approach one-space low pincer, tenuki

  Difficulty: Expert   Keywords: Joseki

When White ignores Black's pincer here, it is most usual to play on top (marked stone). Black at a is another possibility.


White may simply take up position on the side as shown, allowing Black the good shape bulge play at B3. This would be part of an overall plan.

White wedges in  

White can get enough by wedging in at W1 to live, if Black responds on the outside at B2. This is joseki, with White completing the shape with 11 at a.

Black resists  

Black can also play from the inside with B2 here. This is fashionable, having been played often by pros in 2002. Now Black B4 at a involves a ladder question; but playing B4 as shown in the diagram is forceful.


This continuation is being played currently: White has some other options, but W5 (similar to the solid connection in the staircase) leads into a pushing battle in the centre.

Charles Matthews

4-4 point low approach one-space low pincer, tenuki last edited by Blake on July 27, 2003 - 08:22
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