free and fixed boundaries

    Keywords: Opening, MiddleGame, Strategy
Free boundary  

When Black expands the right-side framework with 1, that creates a free boundary: Black can further develop the framework with a play at a, b or c.

fixed boundary  

Supposing White responds as shown. Then the boundary between the black and white frameworks has become fixed in this part of the board. There are big plays remaining on the third line, but it is too early to consider them.

sliding boundary?  

White might instead play this way, which is more biased towards territory. Black 2 then slips into the centre, preventing the boundary becoming fixed.

These plays are typical of sanrensei strategies, for and against. White would like to limit Black's omoyo before invading it, with some strong groups around the edges. Black is interested in dynamic play, expanding at the free boundaries.

Charles Matthews

free and fixed boundaries last edited by CharlesMatthews on January 20, 2003 - 11:18
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