Together with the 3-4 point, the 4-4 point is a very popular and common opening. It is especially so for beginners because it is the point where they receive handicap stones and therefore this is their earliest encounter of the 4-4 point.
In this series of 4-4 point joseki, we will explore the common moves and the reasons for the moves. It is hoped that after this series, you will have a better understanding of the 4-4 point and the related joseki and apply them in your games.
Black can answer White 1 with the high move of Black 2 in Diagram 11 instead of the small knight move in Diagram 1.
However, due to the inherent weakness of the high move, Black will need to play another move at either Black “a” or “b”.
If White find a chance, White will force Black by playing at White “a” as in Diagram 12 above and Black will have to answer with Black “b”, if not, if White plays at “b” instead, the Black group will be without a base and will be subjected to an attack
One reason for Black playing the high move of Black “2” is it can look forward to the nice high-low extension to Black “a” later. Compare this to Diagram 14, Diagram 14 is flat and the point of Black “a” is not attractive.
This concludes our first post on the 4-4 point joseki. In future posts, we will explore more on this.
If you have any questions, you can ask the teachers in your class. They will be more than happy to explain to you.
Till the next time, enjoy playing Go! Bye.