Joseki, when to tenuki, when not, example 2

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Dieter: Let's take a look at another very frequent joseki, more on which can be found at 4-4 point, low approach, one-space low pincer, and analyze when tenuki is feasible.

Joseki, White 11 at a  

After W1 kakari, Black can tenuki. If White continues she usually plays a double kakari . After B2 pincer, White can also tenuki, but usually she doesn't: B2 has taken away one of her two options, namely extend to the side, so grabbing the remaining option, jumping into the corner, is common. The jump to b, as is documented on the joseki page, is less popular these days but still played.

If White tenuki here, Black will typically play B10 to make White heavy or take complete control of this area, or he'll play at c to make large influence towards the top and centre.

After W3, Black will not tenuki, because having White connect her stones makes the pincer look purposeless.

After B4 White will not tenuki, because if Black turns again at B5, he'll have a firm corner and all the outward influence so all of White's stones have gone to waste.

After W5, Black will not tenuki, because the hane at the head at W6 would be very painful and give maximum functionality to the W1 stone.

After B6, W7, B8, W9 or B10 neither will tenuki: Black because otherwise White connects to her W1 stone. White because otherwise Black locks her into the corner and takes influence towards all sides.

After W11 at a, Black often tenukis: the joseki more or less comes to an end, now that territory and influence are shared. Black d, White 'e'' next are a common but not that frequent continuation, and often occur later in the game.

Joseki, when to tenuki, when not, example 2 last edited by Dieter on July 5, 2008 - 12:31
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