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Dia. 8. If Black fails to answer Δ, White can play kikashi at 1. Black’s best response is 2, but this exchange by itself hinders Black in the expansion of his territory along the right side. 40 The small nadare joseki Dia. 9. Black attacks with 6 and White counter attacks with 7, forming the so-called small nadare joseki. White 9, threatening both ‘a’ and ‘b’, is the key to this variation. Dia. 10. Black 10 threatens to capture all the white stones, and White 11 defends. Black 12 is a good tesuji and Black 16 takes the corner, but the cutting point at ‘a’ remains.

1). Black 2 in Dia. 1 is one squeeze play, and ‘a’, ‘b’, ‘c’, ‘d’, and ‘e’ are others. Which of these is best in any given situation is a hard question—the choice may be more a matter of taste than of anything else. Black ‘a’ and ‘b’ are the oldest, and the most thoroughly studied. Black ‘c’ was introduced by Dosaku, a famous Japanese professional go player, around 1700. The squeeze plays on the fourth line are the creations of the present century, in fact, they did not become really popular until the post-World-War II era.

52 When the diagonal play is needed Dia. 1. Here is an example of one kind of position in which the diagonal play is particularly necessary. White has a solid fortress in the upper right corner, and Black 1 is urgently needed to keep the white territory on the right side from growing too large. In this sequence White makes his most ambitious defense, but Black has brought the situation under control. In this case White 2 at ‘a’ would be far too timid. White ‘b’ would be better, but with the strength he has in the upper right, White should try for the greatest possible territory by playing 2 as shown.

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