Difficulty: Advanced   Keywords: Tactics

Various kinds of good play could be described as dodging the opponent's attack.


Transferring your weight onto the other foot

Invade at 3-3  

When White plays white+circle, it is part of natural good feeling for the game to invade the corner with B1. If Black can live this way, it isn't necessary to fight on the outside too.

Dropping back

From a joseki  

B1 is considered correct here (Black a is the play from old Chinese games, used recently by Yamashita Keigo). But what if White tries to cut?

Relax ...  

In most positions B2 is perfectly adequate, dropping back rather than defending at W3 and allowing White to cut at B2. The damage to white+circle makes up for the weakening of the black+circle stones. (See easy way out of a double kakari.)

See also the dropping back page.

Other examples:

Further aspects of dodging are the whole topics of sabaki and flexible play.

Charles Matthews

Dodge last edited by CharlesMatthews on May 26, 2004 - 10:13
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