I had the following opening in a recent 2-stone handicap game. I've been playing 5-4 openings a lot lately, and I don't recall seeing White 4 before. I haven't been able to find it in any joseki sources, although I did find some middle games with it in gobase. I played the corner as in the second and third diagrams, sacrificing the 3 marked stones and giving White a ten-point corner in gote for (I believe) substantial influence on both sides. Did I have better? -- golearner (14+ kyu, IGS)
In this case, Black opened at the 3-3 point first with . Then White's , attaching at the 3-4 point, is clearly not the right approach. The hane with punishes White's mistake, and White tries to introduce complixities with . And is theoretically an option as it is extending from a crosscut (which may be good "if there are no other stoness nearby").
Of course, one could argue that if this were the board position, it would be better to reinforce rather than , as that would allow black to capture either or . But as the game sequence suggests, this is certainly playable.
Bill: You show good instincts. :-) Here is a slight improvement at the end.
Bill: Compare the result after with the result when Black starts on the 4-4 and then White plays on the 3-3. :-)
Skylancer (3k): I would agree with everyone else. Black is doing great after this sequence, perhaps a little moreso after Bill's suggestion. Black's wall is working well with the 4-4 in the two corners to create a large sphere of influence, which should be worth more than the points White got in the corner. Black is set to build up a framework, or to attack strongly, or both, depending on what White plays. Of course, the trick is figuring out how to make good use of that, which can be hard around the 14K level.
The result is very similar to what would happen with a White 3-3 invasion if Black had played 4-4 in that corner, except that White gained a few extra points in the corner with a big loss of being sealed in completely.
White has done nothing so far to make up the small handicap. I believe Black should be satisfied. =)
unkx80: The following sequence is food for thought. I am not saying that this sequence is necessarily any better or worse than the other suggested sequences.
Bill: could also be at b (or even c), to protect against the cut.