Excerpt from the Weekly go newspaper, part 3: ten classic joseki

Seems I got it wrong last week: we didn’t get ten most popular endgame moves this week in Weekly go, but instead ten most popular joseki! These are incredibly classic ones; all single digit kyu and dan level players are recommended to learn these if not already familiar with them. As usual, diagrams have been made with jGoBoard.

I’m pretty confident we’ll get ten most popular fuseki next week! What do you think will be the most popular one?

For those not familiar with the go terminology that appears in the following image captions:

  • Keima (“knight’s move”) means a shape similar to how the knight moves in chess (two spaces apart in height, one in width)
  • Ōgeima (“large knight’s move”) means a shape similar to keima, but three spaces apart in height instead of two.
  • Kosumi means a diagonal shape (one space apart in both height and width)
  • Slide is a play that literally slides under the opponent’s position, while (at least loosely) connected to one’s own stone that is exactly one line above. This means that a slide is usually also a keima, ōgeima or a daidaigeima (“very large knight’s move”).
#1: 80 votes: 3-4 point > one-space high approach > inner attachment

#2: 74 votes: star point > keima approach > one-space low pincer > 3-3 invasion
#3: 54 votes: star point > keima approach > keima extension > keima slide > kosumi
#4: 49 votes: 3-4 point > ōgeima approach > one-space low pincer > 3-3 attachment > hane from inside
#5: 45 votes: 5-4 point > 3-4 approach > inner attachment
#6: 39 votes: 3-4 point > one-space high approach > inner attachment
#7: 37 votes: star point > keima approach > one-space low pincer > high double approach
#8: 34 votes: 3-4 point > ōgeima aproach > kosumi
#9: 32 votes: star point > keima approach > keima extension > keima slide > one-space low pincer
#10: 27 votes: star point > keima approach > outer attachment > hane > extension

3 thoughts on “Excerpt from the Weekly go newspaper, part 3: ten classic joseki”

  1. Thanks for this interesting series of tidbids about “go trends”! 😉 It’s very cool and orientative…

    As for the most popular fuseki for black I’d say it’s probably ni-ren-sei or Chinese fuseki, on par with the Orthodox fuseki and the mini-Chinese… let the betting begin! 😉

    BTW- nice EuroChamp game! My own games aren’t this captivating by far… ;-P

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Please confirm you are a human by solving this: