Screening kikashi

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Several kikashi stones played in one area with the intention of slowing down the opponent, who can capture them piecemeal.

There is a famous example, about which I complain at probe popular misconceptions.

Here is a less usual example.


This is from a game Hasegawa Akira-Kato Shin 1934-11-28. Black has just played tenuki from the centre group (black+square stones) in order to play black+circle, something like the last big point.

White is very thick to the right, and has a problem about how to attack in the centre.

Kikashi first  

White's stones W1, W3 and W5 are mostly for attacking influence: White can't expect much direct territory from them.


With W1 and W3 White attacks fiercely.


In the attack it can be seen that White connected while attacking Black; and Black had no time to exploit the cutting points White left behind.

After the plays shown, White still has an attack and is aiming at the circled point to threaten in two directions.

This became a close game.

Charles Matthews

Screening kikashi last edited by CharlesMatthews on May 15, 2003 - 18:39
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