4-4 point low approach low extension, slide, pincer, 3-3
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After these moves, Black needs a further play here. If the ladder works Black can play at b (and then will need to capture shortly).
It seems, from pro games, that this is a subtle discussion:
- this variation is played even when the ladder is bad for Black, and Black must play a now;
- even if the ladder is good for Black, Black may anyway play a.
Naturally the evaluation of the position after Black at a must depend on the prospects in a fight if White's cutting stone escapes.
On the left side, black c might be a useful sente move, answered with white d.
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