When Not to Connect Against a Peep

  Difficulty: Advanced   Keywords: MiddleGame, Tactics

This page deals with exceptions to the proverb, Even a moron connects against a peep.

Here are some exceptions from professional games.

Exception 1

Lin (White) vs. Sakata Honinbo  

From Modern Famous Games, vol. 9, p. 238.

One reason for W2 was to forestall a Black peep at a before B3. Later White separates B3 from black+circle and connects his own stones.

Exception 2

Go Seigen (White) vs. Takagawa  

From Modern Famous Games, vol. 6, p. 270.

B2 is not joseki, but it works with black+circle.

Perhaps influenced by the fact that there was no komi, Go Seigen played W3 from the "wrong" side.[1] Doing so forestalls a Black moyo on the bottom.

In the brief commentary, Go Seigen did not like W9, preferring W a.

With B10 Takagawa started a fight. Perhaps he had played B4 with B10 in mind, to make use of his wall.

Exception 3

Sakata (White) vs. Fujisawa Hideyuki Meijin  

From Modern Famous Games, vol. 10, pp. 78 - 79.

Fujisawa did not immediately reply to the peep, W1, but made an incursion into White's moyo, starting with B2.

Sakata - Fujisawa (101 - 108)  

Later, when he did reply, Fujisawa played B1, which connects to the stones above and threatens B4.

Note W8. White does not immediately cut off the black+circle stone, but sets up a miai.


See Approach on the Open Side.

When Not to Connect Against a Peep last edited by Dieter on October 24, 2008 - 15:12
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