4-5 point pincers

  Difficulty: Expert   Keywords: Joseki
Uncommon plays  

The black pincers at B1, or a, are sufficiently rare in high-level go that one can question whether they are joseki. Perhaps to play the 4-5 point is to resign oneself to not playing a pincer, in normal circumstances. 8dan game on IGS 20091207 where white played this in 2 corners

Uncommon plays, too  

In case White plays the 5-3 approach W1 here, there is no local reason why Black shouldn't play at a (transposing to a normal 3-3 point variation).

Considering though that W1 is probably played in relation to the position across the top side, Black tries other replies: the press at b, the taisha at c, the pincers d and e are all known from pro play.

Charles Matthews

4-5 point pincers last edited by on December 7, 2009 - 12:16
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