Ten Kyu Nadare

  Difficulty: Advanced   Keywords: Joseki
How two 10 kyus might play (Black 10 connects, White 11 at 'a')  

This is a reaction to Morten Pahle in Plays Against Low Chinese Opening. There he proposes this line of play.

The resulting position  

This is the resulting position. Although this apparently may seem like a reasonable result for White, I do not agree. White's shape here is bad, especially because of the possibility of the cut at a. Black might even cut there directly, but can also punish White for bad shape by playing the moves in the following variant.

A double hane causes problems for White  

Black's influence is already comparable to White's, while Black has over 10 points of certain territory, and White still has bad shape and the cut at a to worry about.

Another worrying possibility  

Furthermore, Black can also play B6 at B1 in this diagram, which again shows a good result for Black.

White could try playing W2 at B3, but then Black plays at W2, and White will have trouble looking after the two white stones in the center, because White still needs another move to live in the corner.


Joseki here is to play W5 as in this diagram. This leads to the nadare joseki, which is rather complicated.

-- Andre Engels

Ten Kyu Nadare last edited by CharlesMatthews on May 26, 2004 - 10:15
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