Initial position: Small Gaps [#58]
: Initial position: Small Gaps
(2005-10-12 17:26) [#128]
Discussion of initial sequence
If Black wants to attack the white stone, he should prefer to stay a bit further away from it. (separating the two white stones) or Black a (attaching against the stone one is 'not' attacking) are better ways to go about this.
Another alternative is to exchange for to reduce white's options in the corner, and then splitting. However, White still has the option of invading at b in an attempt to sacrifice her two stones at the top.
 There is a modern joseki here.
Without the black stones nearby, up to has become a joseki (post-Ishida). I haven't seen this in a book, just the variation with at to take central influence.
The interesting thing here, of course, is that seems to contradict directly what is said on the parent page.
Naturally there is a reason for this, in pro play. Black most often continues by capturing at a (honte) removing a possible shortage of liberties. Then White can play at b.