# BQM 439

Difficulty: Intermediate   Keywords: Shape, Tactics, Question

fractic: In a recent game I got caught by the following move which I didn't know.

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fractic: It started innocent enough but I had never seen before. Here is the game continuation which was very bad for me.

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fractic: White played a two stone edge squeeze after but I couldn't find a better move for .

continuation ( connects)

fractic: I continued by cutting at a. It ended with white getting the whole corner and a big wall by capturing in a ladder. How could I have prevented this?

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b lives
b escapes

fractic: This looks much better for black. Thanks :)

Bill: This looks horrid for Black to me. is terrible shape.

Better shape?

fractic: How about like this? If then black has much better shape.

Bill: The exchange, - , is still bad.

Problematic

Bill: Even eliminating that bad exchange, we can make a better shape for Black. (I have added a stone for White.) But isn't this still problematic for Black? Isn't Black overconcentrated? The problem goes back to , which is too passive.

White struggles.

fractic: If White puts up more resistance with then still works. If White plays c black can play a or directly b. If White plays atari at a instead and then defends at c Black b captures three white stones.

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At and there are opportunities to stop the squeeze.

fractic: (...) thanks for the advice (...).

No squeeze

Bill: (Later comment than below.) Avoiding the squeeze is very important. This looks playable. :)

Black lives in the corner

Bill: Black does not want to allow the squeeze. White's stones are divided.

Andy Pierce: To be fair, the shape of here isn't great either. :) Did black go wrong earlier than ?

Bill: is part of an effective cut, by contrast with the empty triangle in the b escapes diagram above.

Black lives in the corner

Andy Pierce: How about here instead? Maybe not so good, since white gets a in sente, whereas above ends most of the aji in the corner, although I think white still gets some play on the left.

Imamura Toshiya - Kobayashi Koichi 1999

Dave: The only real example I found. Note there are nearby stones such as those marked that may have led Black to try this line.

Hane, hane!

Bill: The proverb says to Hane at the head of two stones. In this position Black can hane at a or White can hane at b. Both look strong, especially b, since it weakens Black's stones so much. If a does not work, Black almost has to play b to prevent White from playing there.

BTW, hasn't this shape, with a different position, been discussed here this year?

fractic: I don't know whether it has been discussed here or not but I looked at Kogo's joseki dictionary. For some other pincers this move is mentioned. But after Black a White b White does not extend the stone at b after the atari. Probably because the variation you gave above.

BQM 439 last edited by Dieter on November 18, 2008 - 16:23