Keywords: Shape, Go term

Chinese: 鼓 (gu3)
Japanese: フクラミ (fukurami); フクレ (fukure)
Korean: -

The bulge point  

B1 is a bulge play.

It is a hane play, backed up by the marked stone already in place to form a V. Black gains great power locally, this way. Therefore the point B1 is the vital point here: if White takes it instead Black would start to worry about cutting points.

The bulge point  

Locally, bulge play completes the shape of the tiger's mouth or hanging connection.

White takes the key point  

White should by all means play W1 here. (See Anti-bulge.)

Cutting points appear  

Once White has played the bulge point, W1 sets up the cuts at a or b, either of which may be a good tactic. (See Bulge/Discussion)

Peep and draw back  

If the marked stones are added, W1 peep and W3 draw back are more threatening.

See also:

Bulge last edited by hnishy on March 14, 2023 - 04:01
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