DieterVerhofstadt/Go theory two space jumps and extensions

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Two space jump and extension

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Regardless of location  

White's two stones are two spaces apart. The shape is more easily cut than a one space jump. It emphasizes rapid development over instant stability.

Two space extension

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side  

On the side it is called an extension. In particular on the third line, it is impossible to cut the two space extension without support. This makes the two space extension on the third line a very efficient configuration, making a nice balance between development and stability.

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the two space extension is connected  

Here you see Black cannot cut without support.

The two space jump

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Two space jump  

When the move is made towards the centre it is labeled a two space jump. Now there is no support from the side for connection.

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Two space jump  

Here you can see ho Black can cut, which he still will be more likely to do with support than without. White catches a stone in a ladder, while Black grabs the original white stone. This is why a two space jump is often used in hostile spheres of influence to sacrifice a stone.


The large knight's move

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Regardless of location  

The large knight's move is even weaker and more easily cut than the two space extension. As it is biased to a certain direction, it is taking development into account more than the two space extension.

Cutting the large knights move

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Cross-cut with support  

The basic technique of cutting a large knight's move in isolation is by attaching to one of the stones. Next there is a cross-cut with support (see later).

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Bad cut of the large knight  

This is the bad way of cutting: a and b are now equivalent for connecting with a ladder capture.

On the side

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On the side  

On the side the large knight's move very often goes from the third to the fourth line, keeping balance between development and stabiity.

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Cutting on the side  

Cutting on the side with the mentioned technique is not possible.

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taking away the eyespace  

However, it is possible to take away the eyespace of the white group, by playing B1 to B5. After B5, White can play a double hane at a or stretch at b. Depending on the surrounding stones, B1 can become a succesful invasion.

The large knight's move in relation to one enemy stone

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Taisha  

This move, when the black stone is on 3-4 is known to invite the taisha joseki. In general, there is one best way to cut the large knight apart.

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Taisha  

After W4 Black will choose where to connect and White will likely cut the other side, but his marked stone can be caught in a ladder. In the corner, the sides play an important tactical role, so there White's move is possible. In general this large knight move is aggressive and assumes a certain superiority in this area of the board (such as ladder breakers).

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Split  

If White hanes at the outside, B3 is a very painful move, splitting White's hazama tobi of W2 and white+circle in a natural way.

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Windmill  

The keima at B1 also cuts and results in a windmill formation. Given the fact that White will usually play the large knight in his favourable environment, creating such turmoil is likely bad for Black.

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Shoulder hit  

Now W1 is more of a shoulder hit. As always against the diagonal check, Black can answer a (peaceful) or b (cut).



DieterVerhofstadt/Go theory two space jumps and extensions last edited by 24.205.32.92 on January 1, 2013 - 18:16
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