unkx80: In the game, was played at a, although I commented that it might be better played at . Anyway, both moves have the same significance.
Without , it is not possible to play at here. I guess most people would have known about this already, so this is for the benefit for those people who don't realize it, just in case there is any.
The reason is that is sente against the corner, and so kills the entire Black group. If makes an eye on the top side, then destroys the eye on the bottom side, and this move is enabled by .