Warder05/Elementary Techniques

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The Most Basic Bits

These are the things that you should learn to see really quickly because they either form the foundation of more advanced techniques, are extremely common throughout the kyu ranges, or are not typically seen from players better than 20 kyu (advanced beginners).

Common Mistakes and Traps


By playing W1, White simultaneously ataris the two marked black stones. This is the disadvantage of playing too many diagonal plays while up against your opponent's stones.

Second Line Traps

The second line is dangerously close to the edge of the board. When playing on it, be aware that you can get chased into the wall quite easily.

Captured on the Second Line[1]  

W1 Captures the black stone. While extending at B2 is technically basic instinct, Black is merely throwing stones away. Even if White plays W3 elsewhere, Black cannot escape.

More Second Line Woes  

This kind of play shows up generally in the endgame. Despite the fact that B2 places W1 in atari, White captures with W3.

[Shortage of Liberties] Traps

No Escape  

These Stones cannot escape. When they extend with B1, they still have only two liberties and can then be put in atari with W2.

No Escape II  

These stones are similarly plagued. They cannot get out. As it turns out, these stones can't even escape if they have a stone at B2 (see the Crane's Nest)

A Ladder and a Net

Ladder on the First Line  

The initial black stone is caught in a ladder. Unless there is a black stone on the first or second line to which the black group can connect, White can chase the line of stones to the edge of the board and capture all of them.

Net on the First Line  

White can also capture the black stones in a net with the sequence up to W10 if there is enough room (B7 and B9 can be played in any order).

[1] Corollary: The double-hane on the second line can also result in really bad things.

Double-Hane Dilemma  

White can capture B1 with the sequence to W4. Remember, however, that a cut remains at a and is the source of many tesuji.

Warder05/Elementary Techniques last edited by Warder05 on December 13, 2006 - 22:05
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