I was thinking about a fuseki strategy lately that would have been based mainly on ignoring the corners and playing on the side star points. The idea came about when I noticed that most approach josekis (moves designed to provide a balanced/fair result for both players) involve some kind of extension towards the side to settle the approaching group. Therefore, the idea is that if I already have all the sides, I can approach all the corners while keeping sente.
Here is what I am thinking about.
In example 1, let’s say that the opponent plays a 3-4, then you can approach it from every side and keep sente:
In example 2, let’s say that the opponent plays a 4-4, then you can invade it, keep sente and have the side stones already in place to harass the white walls
In example 3, let’s say that the opponent plays a 4-4, Black invades and White decides to keep the corners. Then the side stones are already in place to extend the result and keep sente:
Of course, the opponent will not play just 3-4 or 4-4 all the way or they might even play something else and a realistic board might look like the one in this game which was my first test:
In this game I am White and even though this is a fuseki designed for Black, I wanted to try it. As far as I can tell and in my best of knowledge, there is no case where having a side stone is detrimental to an approach/joseki. That does not mean that it is good or optimal, however.
I am currently testing the idea and I am planning to start some DGS games against 1 dan players to see how they will deal with it, but I thought I’d begin a discussion here and ask the opinions and ideas of the more experienced players of the forum and whether they know if this has ever been tried, looked into and discarded. And if not, if it is worth checking out.
Thank you for your time.
Disclaimer: I honestly do not know the answer since I am not much “in the loop” of what Pros or AI play, neither am I deep into Go studing (only studied elementary material during 2016-2017 when I was learning the game). I did check on sensei’s and didn’t find it in Strange Openings, so here I am.