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Abe 7 dan’s New Move, Part II

From Kidō, January 1974

Classic Kidō Games, Part IV

Abe 7 dan’s New Move

A Game to Enjoy


Abe Yoshiteru 7 dan’s photograph from the 1972 Kidō Yearbook

Game Up to this Point



1973, 16th Ōteai Ranking Tournament

White: Abe Yoshiteru 7 dan

Black: Takagi Shōichi 7 dan (no komi)

Analysis by Abe Yoshiteru

Figure 3: Dropping a Bomb


Figure 3 (48-75)

When White plays at 48, Black 49 through White 52 are about what one would expect to be played in this position. However, the peep of Black 53 is questionable.

Applying pressure with Black “a,” which would be answered by White 58 and that would make things easier for Black.

White 54, and then eventually the attack with White 62 may be said to be the compensation for allowing Black to take profit, but after incurring the peep of Black 63 and then Black 65, the position is difficult for White. Should White make a determined effort to capture on a small scale, Black would just abandon the stones, but playing on a large scale with White 66 leads to Black making sabaki to deal with the situation with 67.

Perhaps White should use 66 to connect at 68, and after Black runs away with 66, descend with White “b.”

If White plays 68 as the connection at 71, Black 68 leaves White without a chance of success, but White 70 in the upper right corner is too greedy, a terrible move.


Diagram 7

White should play the more restrained move of 1 in Diagram 7. In that case, there would only be the Black invasion at 2, and then blocking off the upper side with White 3 would mean that the game would still be playable.

When Black plays 71, White blocks at 72, and Black 73 is met by White’s hanging tough with 74. At this point, Black finally drops a bomb with 75. This is the punishment for White’s greedy play at 70.


Diagram 8

It would be good if White could attack with the move of 1 in Diagram 8 and capture Black completely, but Black would dive into the corner with 2, and I had no confidence in what would happen. The moves of White 3 and the following are just a hypothetic variation, but in response to White 5, but Black 6 and 8 are one line of play that would be difficult to deal with.

Figure 4: A Losing Position


Figure 4 (76-111)

White backs down with 76, and in reply to Black 77, White plays 78 and 80, but then Black 81 is an exquisite twist in this variation. White 82 and 84 capture the three Black stones, while on the left side of this White has to make life with the moves through 98. Then Black counterattacks and starting with Black 99, forcibly takes White’s scattered stones in the center. White already has a losing position.

Figure 5: The Ladder Relationship


Figure 5 (112-171)

This game is already no good for White.

The rest of the moves are played just for the sake of proper form. Here I would like to return to the beginning.


Diagram 9

When Black turns at 1 in Diagram 9, I wrote that White plays atari at 2 and then can make the move of White 4. Supposing that Black plays at 5 and then presses at 7, what happens?


Diagram 10

Continuing, if White cannot block at 1 in Diagram 10, it would be no good. If it is possible for Black to extend at 2 and block at 4, White would be in trouble.

However, in this board position White 5 through 9 results in a ladder.

The upshot is that in regards to this new move in the jōseki there is an important ladder relationship and I want to stress that this condition exists.

On the board, the game enters the endgame, and in the midst of the fighting, White lives in the lower right corner. But White has to expend two moves there, at 32 and 48. Black took advantage of these two moves to mount an all-out attack on White. This is natural, and what follows is an unavoidable progression of moves until Black plays atari in the center with 71, cutting off White’s exit route for the big group of stones there.

The highlight of this game is the new move in the lower right corner.

I am embarrassed to present this game of mine, but I hope that the reader can find enough to study here. There are probably many good moves that I failed to point out.

171 moves. Black wins by resignation.

[Game Record]

A new game starts next week here.

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