Diagonal attachment - knight's move angle play sabaki technique

  Difficulty: Expert   Keywords: MiddleGame, Tactics
As old as the hills  

This technique employed by White to avoid the standard shape (White at a) goes back at least to the time of Dosaku. Black has a choice of ways to cut. Clearly here Black's cut at a will be met by White b and then there is an important ladder.

Empty triangle cut  

After Black B3 and B5 White seems to have problems, but her resources are White a to escape, and the hane plays b or c to attack Black's current shortage of liberties caused by the empty triangle. This occurred in a game Dong Yan-Lin Feng 2002-05-13 in China. White W4 at B5 is a quieter way to play here.


This is from Hashimoto Utaro-Fujisawa Kuranosuke 1955-03-24. With a bad ladder, White opts to play W2 and W4 as a dodging tactic. You could classify this as simple light play, perhaps. Black B1 at B3 is equally popular in this tenuki pincer joseki.

Charles Matthews

Diagonal attachment - knight's move angle play sabaki technique last edited by CharlesMatthews on July 28, 2003 - 11:37
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