Ko fight example from a pro game - 7
unkx80: I guess that the aim of starting this ko is to get both and for compensation.
Dieter: As a minor remark, I believe responding to is much better than .
Dieter: In order to understand the strategic concept, we must evaluate what happens if White does not use the ko. Suppose White kills locally, then leaves bad aji, because a now is sente (small reading exercise). Or will be played at b?
So I think part of the purpose of the ko was to eliminate the bad aji at the top, by forcing Black to play the threat at (two diagrams ago).
unkx80: I don't claim to fully understand this game, but I suspect will be played at b. Then when White cuts at , Black may give up the two stones.
Dieter: I understand the reasoning, but doesn't a clean capture of the upper left, as would happen if Black gives up the 2 stones, simplify the game even more?