The one-point jump is never bad

  Difficulty: Beginner   Keywords: Shape, Tactics, Go term, Proverb

Good advice seldom comes any simpler than this.[1] A one-point jump like B1 in the diagram below, is very often a good move. There are two obvious arguments in favor of this move: it is not easy to cut this shape successfully (see cutting the one-point jump), and it is a relatively fast way to jump out towards the center. Experiment with it in your games: play one if you really have no idea what else to play.

One-point jump  


taiji : What is the record for ikken tobi plays in professional games? I can't find that information anywhere. Thanks.

[1] It is sometimes translated as "A one-space jump is never wrong." This is what Bill Spight says about that translation: "... an overstatement and a mistranslation. ...: A one-space jump is never bad. While still an overstatement, it is more accurate, since a even a good play can be wrong, and a not bad play will be wrong more often than that."

Sakata on Shinogi

The one-point jump is wrong here  

Dave: Sakata no Go is a 6-volume series published in the sixties. Volume 2 is on Shinogi. The first diagram in chapter one is shown here. Sakata writes that regardless of all the proverbs we have to think beyond them in order to get the most out of the specific position. In this case blindly accepting the proverb on this page and jumping to W2 is exactly what Black is hoping for. It allows Black to build territory in the upper corner while continuing the attack with B3.

White plays to the utmost  

White 11 is at a.

Sakata gives this alternative way of replying to the marked stone. This is only one of many possible continuations after the probe at W1 but his point is for us to constantly look for advantage in the most ordinary positions and to put all our imagination to work.

The one-point jump is never bad last edited by DaveSigaty on August 9, 2004 - 15:08
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