Learning joseki loses two stones strength
Learning Joseki Loses Two Stones Strength - Studying Joseki gains four stones strength.
This often cited proverb is intended to visualise how learning Joseki by 'rote' is useless or even worse. The aim is not to be able to replay a sequence, but to understand what each move does and how this particular sequence affects the whole board.
Hence, studying Joseki does help you improve, because it increases your understanding of the game. However, see The Advantage of Knowing Joseki for a lively debate on this.
Fujisawa Hideyuki shows an example of where blindly following joseki is not good.
White 1 - White 7 is joseki (note: it used to be; nowadays the catenaccio joseki has gone out of fashion with pros). However, White 7 is kikasare. It is too passive. White should make use of its strength on the left and play the cap at a, as in the following diagram.
White 1 is an example of leaning.
tapir: After , , White may not have time to care for 3-3 invasions for a while... Well, I doubt this part of the advice. (Long time later, I believe this advice now. If capping is urgent then in the corner gives Black the opportunity to make a move on the side instead.)
- Whole board thinking
- Joseki as a source of bad habits
- The great joseki debates
- Some thoughts about studying joseki
- Rafael's Go Page.