Variation 8: Point = Go-no-go = Wu~wu~ Variation 9: Reducing against Choosing a joseki: Since josekis work effectively in a certain direction, examine. Welcome to the Joseki Dictionary. The dictionary will enable you to perform joseki (established sequences usually situated in the corner of the Go. Professionals often invent joseki in their games when the standard joseki are inappropriate. All this is very interesting but for the amateur Go player a subset of .

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Therefore common sequences were played through trial and error many, many times to the point where today we refer to them as joseki. To go along with your moseki, this is true of all disciplines or martial arts. I think joseki are valuable not by knowing any concrete sequence but because they exemplify a loot of things that go into good go.

Pick the right one, and you feel better. This article includes a list of referencesbut its sources remain unclear because it has insufficient inline citations. Probably like kyu lol. The joseki diagrams link to a complete overview of professional games in which this joseki was applied. One go proverb states that “learning josekis loses two stones in strength,” which means that the rote learning of sequences is not advantageous; rather, learning from a joseki should be a player’s goal.

With my move, opponent could get a good shape in sente. Each main line in the corner is considered from the white and black perspective and each time appropriate choices are made.

Rui Naiwei similarly remarked that playing josekis is easy [but] choosing the right one [in a game] is hard. I recommend to check out this website similar to josekipedia to review a few basic josekis, joswki a brief description to the reasoning behind each move. Maybe a bad non-go analogy would be: Also useful is the tenuki concept of breaking away from a sequence, to play elsewhere, before the ‘official’ endpoint of the joseki.


After a joseki sequence has ended, a play returning to the same area may be termed a follow-up play. That is because choosing the correct direction of play is more important than playing joseki.

For each choice always the considerations are given which leads to the particular choice. And when does memorizing specific Joseki become important to progress as a player?

So studying joseki and thinking about why of to move can be really enlightening. The selection is not random but carefully chosen, a so called repertoire. Playing josekis blindly will not improve one’s game.

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Edit page Discuss page 5. Uoseki an analogy to chess would be to say that the towers are worth more than the knights no idea if this is true btwbut this just an understanding as it obviously depends on the situation of the board. Proper evaluation of joseki considers the trade-offs between: Of those plays, the classical point komoku and more contemporary point hoshi are the most used.

A joseki may fall out of use for various reasons, some of which may often seem minor to the amateur player; professionals may consider one variation suboptimal for a very specific reason — one which strong amateurs are not likely to exploit.

If a situation ends up about even for both players from a professionals point of view then it is considered Joseki.

So taking away good shape move from opponent can sometimes be of greater value than making one yourself if you are stronger in the area and it is good to try and learn to think that way too. Many of these categories may further be broken up into subcategories, such as the avalanche josekiChinese openingand middle game reduction play. In application, these concepts are very dynamic, and, often, deviations from a joseki depend upon the needs of the situation and the available opportunities.

Pick the wrong one, and you die. Just a few random thoughts. December Learn how and when to remove this template message. This is from game between O Meien black and Takemia Masaki white. The combination of these two might help you deepening your knowledge and understanding of the joseki sequences in the game of Go. Other plays that have been experimented with includeandall of which sacrifice territory for influence.


All Go concepts are strange, coming from a Chess background. At one very particular point in the game even the pawn might be worth more than the queen herself, right? The thing about joseki is that they are local in nature.

Each query will result in a list of all games featuring the selected opening pattern and besides a variation tree containing all encountered continuations merged and ordered by hit frequency.

Each situation is different and so each situation requires its own specific joseki. Part 1 – 4,3 komoku Part 2 – 5,3 joseoi Part 3 – 5,4 taka-mokuhazushi Part 4 – 4,4 hoshi Part 5 – 3,3 san-san Part 6 – 4,4 hoshi miscellaneous. Retrieved 26 December The correct joseki choice in a particular situation must be based on whole board thinking.

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A joseki that has fallen out of fashion is normally labelled as ‘old’ or ‘bad’. It is imperative that players should not play a joseki merely from rote memorization but adapt according to the overall board situation.

While the fixed set of patterns presented below is convenient to explore the vast universe of joseki patterns in an orderly fashion the GoBase repository service might be more convenient to study your own games and to establish your own collection of patterns. This overview contains a collection of maybe some 25 joseki variations which can be considered a beginners package to be able to play Go games.