Connections I'm experimenting with


Wide Bamboo Joint

Not long, but wide.

Wide Bamboo Joint  

It's been determined that 2 from the edge this is secure against one peep from the center; 3 or further and it's possible to force a ladder adjacent to the peep. For example:

Protection by ladder  

Black 8 traps White 7 in a ladder. Note the play at B6 is correct, as it protects B4 and B8 with tiger's mouths. If White has no ladder breaker, this becomes a perpetual Ko threat for White; therefor Black should eliminate the ladder at earliest convenience. Further, development down the line can bring a struggle by which White places a ladder breaker with a secondary function, which forces Black to choose; obviously, all rules of ladders apply here, and not killing a ladder presents a risk.

Protection by net  

You can also protect the top by a net, sacrificing the bottom.

White peep  

If White peeps at W1, Black can connect at A or capture-and-connect at B. A White peep at B creates an even worse situation, leaving Black a way to extend out a little and reduce White territory on either side.

White B to connect here looks like the better move after the peep at W1. This works for the center; but anything played from the third line or closer:

Failed White peep  

On the third line, this sequence kills White's invasion. If White plays A, Black threatens Atari and White B. White cannot create two eyes.

Three Deep, life  

Here W9 creates life: white at A or B produces 2 eyes, and likewise this is miai with 9 at B. Naturally, Black can't play in here to do anything but force the issue; Black can't even call this a Ko threat.

Thus, at the fourth line, White can live. Black should protect the edge side when threatened in this shape near the center. This is worth 30 points roughly.

Further Research

There are two shapes I want to experiment with:

Wide Bamboo 1  

This shape represents a loose connection at black+square

Wide Coverage 1  

This shape inverts the wide bamboo joint, turning two iron pillars and a diagonal into a solid connection covering 8 rows. The strengths and weaknesses of this particular shape may reveal interesting fuseki: the 3-5 point could indirectly protect the side point.

JohnMoser last edited by on November 9, 2010 - 04:06
RecentChanges · StartingPoints · About
Edit page ·Search · Related · Page info · Latest diff
[Welcome to Sensei's Library!]
Search position
Page history
Latest page diff
Partner sites:
Go Teaching Ladder
Login / Prefs
Sensei's Library