Use the Search field or browse the Archives to find older posts. Memorize joseki to become weaker. Study joseki to become stronger. Figuratively speaking, a joseki is like a medicine. A medicine precisely tailored to a particular illness is extremely effective, but making a habit of taking one and the same medicine all the time regardless of whether you have a headache, an abdominal pain, or a bone fracture is not very wise. Similarly, you should not use a particular joseki all the time just because you like it.
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The idea was experimented with during the New Fuseki era , often with the intention of forming a three-stone enclosure by adding further stones at the points marked a pillbox. More recently, point openings have been used with success by Yamashita Keigo especially in the Gosei tournament. Pieter Mioch has a nice introduction to the point in part VII of his gentle joseki series. Its direction is clearly towards the center.
There are several ways for White to approach it, but the best way is probably not to approach it at all. If White invades anywhere, it is likely that the black stone will get stronger, and because Black has no good point to make an enclosure as well, the best strategy for Black is probably to leave this corner alone, at least during the fuseki.
Notice that if White leaves the corner alone, Black can not surround the corner cleanly with a single move. There are not so many chances to see patterns in action in pro games. This is from a fun 'even' game between the French amateur 5 dan Frederic Donzet , and Takemiya. Something like this happened, with Takemiya playing a high wedge as a reduction of Black's side of the board, concentrating on getting out to the centre and leaving Black with aji around a.
This was played at a party after the WAGC ; the interest is that Takemiya had clearly observed one of Donzet's games using this type of opening, and wanted to make a comment in a pleasant way. So Takemiya made a sanrensei against points and watched how Black tried to develop them. Here is the beginning of the game. Opening at a point. Edit page Discuss page.
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Charles Matthews I'm not convinced that an excessive interest in joseki is a Good Thing. Excessive interest in ratings is worse - Go's equivalent of Original Sin deplorable but human nature. I still find it depressing that so many players I see know and play a very limited range of corner openings - often from a narrow selection to be found in books now old. On Sensei's Library , however, there are joseki pages in abundance. I find things there to disagree with, which is more to do with the quarter-century that has passed since Ishida's Joseki Dictionary was first compiled, than any enormous attention to this area on my part.
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