In Non-Joseki Exercise 1 we were asked to go over the following position:
is usually played at a (with White b being known as a Kitani's Joseki). Now White plays at . What is Black to do?
After attempting several different paths, I came up with this sequence. Black gives atari from above with , then discards that stone, adding a second sacrifice stone at . White is forced to give atari at to avoid being captured, then after , Black can play in sente. After White 10, Black builds thickness with a; if Black is already thick in the area, he might prefer Black b instead. - Andre Engels
On an otherwise empty board, this looks indeed like a big loss for White. Dieter
Before playing at , I think Black would do well to exchange Black a for White b; for her sake, White might well try playing White a before giving atari at . Probably at this point, Black will answer at c. The question then becomes whether is honte or overconcentrated if the White a - Black c exchange has been played. Andre Engels
Andre Engels: If this had come up in a game, I would have played Charles's variation too, but now I had some more time to think it over. Which of the solutions is better depends on the situation - as a rule of thumb I would say that Charles's is better if the left side is more important than the upper one or both are uninteresting; mine is better if the upper side is more important or black is having an eye on the center.
Charles I was wondering how this result compares with the taisha variation at net versus ladder, which ends with a similar net capture to Andre's diagram. In that case (which is sub-joseki, not quite acceptable) the result for the player taking the corner is much better than here, but with one extra play.
This is what I came up with. White seems a bit weak, but I don't see a way for Black to take advantage of it immediately. What do the stronger players think of this? Comments and corrections, please!
Dieter: I would be inclined to capture the ko instead. But your variation looks playable: see next diagram. However, see further ...
If White wants influence along the left side, she may want to play the outside tsuke to begin with, starting a pushing battle.
Brian: A very telling point that I had failed to consider. This does seem a much simpler solution to developing the left.
Charles here is simple.
Black can play and to capture, even if the ladder at a is bad.
Brian It seems to me that although White is unable to seriously attack Black up top, she can still develop along the left after white a. While Black is much stronger than I had thought, should be White be unhappy with this situation?
here can lead White into a mess. It is too hard to attack the black group on the upper side.
Brian Yeah, White does not look good in this diagram. Any of the alternates seem preferable to this.