Large avalanche - jump in
This used to be the standard move in the large avalanche joseki, but it is nowadays played rarely if at all. I will not go deeply into this move, but just show a few joseki sequences that have been developed.
If White does not have a ladder at a, is possible. The result is again probably equal.
A possible continuation from the last diagram.
-- Andre Engels
What is a good way to handle white at 2?
zinger: looks forced.
This seems to be a popular line, with White extending at a and Black extending at b.
John F. I am thoroughly intrigued :) I have 1643 pro games with the avalanche. This joseki has only ever appeared in 16 of them, only 4 times since the war and the last was in 1983. These numbers are too small to admit of phrases such as "basic" or "popular". The last line mentioned here does not even appear in pro praxis as far as I can see. So what is the source?
If it's from amateur praxis, what's the general view on trusting amateurs in such a generally difficult joseki?
Popular line was meant to be restricted to the continuations once White has played the descent, . Not popular outside of this context.