Attack From A Distance
The principle to attack from a distance gives more direction to the general question how to attack. In particular it warns against
- Attachments as attacking moves.
- Diagonal approaches as attacking moves
In general, if the attacking stones are close, a counter-attack becomes more effective.
This capping play is a typical attacking technique: it gives White no leverage against . White's routes to the center have been reduced complicated and her eye space is narrow at the top. Incidentally, the capping play is where the basic defensive move of the one-point jump would come.
This and don't attack White. They rather carry out a leaning maneuver to gain strength at the expense of easy living for White.
Here, does not really attack the White stones either. Up to , White has increased her potential of making two eyes at the bottom, while and are floating into the centre. Similar results come from other vatiations.