shallow invasion

  Difficulty: Intermediate   Keywords: MiddleGame

A "shallow invasion" of a framework is something between an invasion and a reduction. It is not as severe as an invasion, which intends to live inside the framework and even dislodge the surrounding groups, but it's not as mild as a reduction on the sector line which intends to force the framework into a smaller territory than its original ambition.

As an example:

Reference diagram  

In this diagram, if we factor in the exchange of a for b, the sector line between the high end points of Black's position has been marked.


A good reduction looks like this. Not only does it take the sector line into account but it also takes the marked stone into account, which has some aji towards the black group below. After W3, Black turns to a reduction of his own with the shoulder hit of B4.

deep invasion  

A (deep) invasion would look like this. W1 is a tsume on the 3rd line. It can jump out at a, attach at b and use the aji of the marked stone or move out towards c and link up with the other stone.

Shallow invasion  

A shallow invasion looks like this. W1 stays on the 4th line. If B2 caps then White has a relatively easy time by either pressuring qt a or connect out at b.

shallow invasion last edited by Dieter on December 21, 2022 - 10:06
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