BQM 369

  Difficulty: Advanced   Keywords: Opening

Imagist: I am rather fond of the wedge, so this comes up often in my games. I have a difficult time reacting if white plays differently from W6. This is rather difficult because I'm asking about a lot of variations, but I hope somebody can help.

W6 Problem  

After B5, I am pretty sure that W6 is correct (and then I like black c), but I have difficulties if white plays one of the points a-e instead of W6.

Attacking the Corner  

Take for example this W1. If I attack the corner with B2, but after B0 the marked stones come under attack. If B2 at a, white takes the corner and black's thickness is not well placed, and if black at B2 at B0, W3 splits at a, creating a fight where I can't get consistent results.

Andy Pierce: Why don't you like your thickness after you confine white to the corner with B2 at a? Doesn't this work well with black's other hoshi stones? Black is going to come out of this with sente and can take a big point like z and treat black+square and W1 as a forcing exchange.

Imagist: The stones on the right are merely for example's sake; recently I have been playing komoku more often than hoshi.

Andy's idea  

Chris Hayashida: I agree with Andy, but I think you're missing his point. It's not that the lefthand side works with the hoshi so much better than with the komoku. It's that it's more that it's to Black's advantage to surround White anyway.

Attacking the Corner  

Imagist: My second idea was to take thickness, which has become a big part of my style lately, but after W5, black's shape has too much aji to be thick. If B2 directly at B4, W3 at B2, B4 at a, and W5 at b seems to benefit white even more.

Chris Hayashida: I will try to explain in another way. If White is willing to tenuki and not play W5 immediately, then it should be to your advantage to play first in that area. The problem with your example is that you are following White around the board, and then he goes back and plays W5. He basically traded W1 and W3 for B2 and B4, and then suffered no loss in the corner.

To put it another way, what is the purpose of W5 in the original diagram? Why is it joseki? Why does White need to play that? If White doesn't need to play that, what advantage will Black have in the area?

I'm not sure if this will help, but I think it will point you in the right direction.

BTW, I'm not sure B2 in the diagram is a good move. You're allowing White to connect his stones.

BQM 369 last edited by ChrisHayashida on July 25, 2007 - 19:25
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