Small Chinese variants

    Keywords: Opening
Orthodox mini-chinese  

The normal placing of the third stone in the mini-chinese is black+circle, on the third line. See SmallChineseFuseki.

High mini-chinese  

Playing on the fourth line is also known in pro play. For example O Meien made this formation against Kato Masao in the 1994 Judan.

Rin's pattern  

Rin Kaiho tried this way for Black a couple of times.

With a 3-5 point  

This unusual type was tried by Jowa in 1822, Kamimura Kunio in 1974. It is more likely that one tries to combine a play at a, that is, a 5-3 point 'the other way round', with a play such as b, for the sake of balance. That would be a Kobayashi variant, though.

To the left  

With the marked stone one to the left. This has been tried by Aragaki Takeshi.

When White is at 3-3  

A position of mini-chinese type is also an option here for Black. B3 is the common choice, but c and d are also professional plays.

New pattern: "mini mini Chinese"  

Cho Hye-yeon calls this pattern the "mini mini Chinese": see her blog entry at [ext] for some analysis. See also: Micro Chinese.

Small Chinese variants last edited by on March 24, 2010 - 23:06
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