Kobayashi Opening I: One-space high approach

The Kobayashi opening has been fallen out of favour in recent years, but the pros are still studying it and have found some new variations.

The one-space high approach used to be considered bad because black can attack it and settle on both sides.

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Other than jumping mindlessly, there are other options for white, ranging from B to D. These are all very fighty variations.

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If white chooses to attach to the corner, black can still attack white with B. A is too soft.

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Black 10 is too soft. White settles easily inside black’s sphere of influence.

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Black should take away white’s base. As black has more stones in the neighbourhood, this is a reasonable fight for black.

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This large jump is a very interesting move.

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If black responds like this, white is already in a better position than the variation shown in the first diagram, as white gets sente to attack the pincer stone and black is too flat on the bottom side.

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If black plays the knight move from the corner, white can split black, aiming to invade at A or B, and live in the corner with a double hane at C. Black’s framework on the bottom is already destroyed.

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If black jumps, white should not play A as it reverts back to the first variation where black gets both sides. White can consider playing B or C.

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This variation is similar to the previous one where white splits black’s position.

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White can also make shape with 1 to 7 and then attach at 9. It will be a complicated fight for sure.

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Counter-pincering is also possible. It will be another complicated fight.

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Original source: http://www.yikeweiqi.com/news/searching/26818/

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