Keywords: Go term

A sashikomi is a thrust into an enemy formation that touches three enemy stones.


W1 is a sashikomi that threatens to cut at a or b.

In Nagahara's Strategic Concepts of Go it is also called insertion. The one above is used as an example for a probe:


Black just approached (tsume), threatening an invasion at a. White could defend at b, but has a better option: probe at c.

Inside connection  

If Black connects inside, White defends and can later exploit the weakness (aji) at a.

Outside connection  

If Black connects outside, White plays forcing moves (kikashi) until the weakness at a is gone, allowing White to grab the initiative (sente) and play 11 elsewhere.

sashikomi last edited by RobertPauli on November 4, 2004 - 12:39
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