the scorpion shape

  Difficulty: Intermediate   Keywords: Opening
[Diagram]
Scorpion Shape  

This is the scorpion shape, which is a relatively common shape in this position that black uses to defend themselves. Note that this can also take place when Black plays the one space jump instead of a knight's move.

[Diagram]
19x19 diagram  

The best way to pressure Black is by not playing too closely, such as with 1, aiming to play at A later

[Diagram]
19x19 diagram  

If White plays too closely to Black then Black will be able to react, aiming for A-C at the same time.

As such the scorpion is a very flexible shape. It can be very easy to underestimate Black's stones on the outside but it can be very difficult to "grab" Black's group. Like a scorpion, if you try too quickly to catch it then it will sting you with its tail.


the scorpion shape last edited by Ethelor on October 26, 2021 - 00:05
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