Do Korean professionals prefer to play immediately without first playing at a in the corner followed by White b, , and only then at the point of ? I was under the impression Black playing a was an important point.
erislover Some minor additional comment on this joseki... After the a/b exchange, Essential Joseki suggests that black must push along the side before your else white can descend, aiming at the a or b hane in the diagram that follows. Without that exchange white's hane at b is a failure so it seems the order of / is not critical.
HolIgor: If then white can choose the following joseki. It is good for black since he ends in sente, but white is not bad either being almost settled. The choice for either of the players depends on the wholeboard position.
Dave: If you look at data on professional play, this alternative became the preferred response to around the mid 1980's. There are very few examples of the so-called basic joseki these days. Beyond that the original pincer at is out of fashion with the pro's. When I looked at Baduk Made Fun and Easy it seems like a very superficial introduction and no serious student is going to get anything from the joseki colums at least.