Difficulty: Advanced   Keywords: Go term

Chinese: 反夹 (fan3 jia1)
Japanese: ハサミ返し (hasami kaeshi)
Korean: 되협공


In this position Black has pincered White, but either of Black's stones may be pincered in turn by White. White plays at a, b or c pincer Black's square-marked stone. White plays at any of d to h are conceivable to pincer the circle-marked stone.


The usual idea for White is to play White 1 first, a light move. Then White 3 is one way, building up the corner while playing a three-space pincer on Black's stone.

Actually there also are plenty of pro game examples where White plays directly at 3. But this idea of playing White 1 and then a play like 3 is a fundamental pattern, constantly seen against the high two-space and three-space pincers.

You can relate it back to framework theory - White wants to expand the top right corner to a framework based on the 4-4 point. That works better if the black pincer stone turns into a weak group on the edge of the framework. The reason to be reluctant to play White 1 first is that Black 2 takes territory.

The trouble with playing a closer pincer here (points a or b) for White would be that the relation with the corner is worse - if Black invaded at the 3-3 point the result wouldn't be as good.

When Black's pincer is high, it is commonly a high counter-pincer that is played. There are many variations of this kind, often leading to large-scale running fights. This area of joseki isn't so easily summarised.

counter-pincer last edited by on May 24, 2018 - 09:38
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