Connect, or push first

    Keywords: Tactics
Conceived by HolIgor

Only a fool does not connect against peeping plays. That is a proverb.

But look at the diagram.

What about a push and connect?  

Pushing first has advantages. The kikashi stone became heavier.

Now the task is to formulate an heuristic rule to choose a proper reply.

Pushing also has disadvantages: White probably won't play W2 and will keep it as a ko threat. Later, if a fight develops in the area, moves other than W2 might also become sente. These little things often make the difference in strong players' games.



What about a push and connect? (ii)  
What about a push and keima?  

And while Alain has a point about White's not playing W2 right away, if White plays elsewhere, the exchange of white+circle with B1 is not good for White. The following looks more realistic:

White jumps  

W2 is lighter play, but there is now no immediate threat to cut.

See also kikashi and influence.

Connect, or push first last edited by CharlesMatthews on June 26, 2003 - 18:14
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