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The squares of a 2×60 chessboard are coloured black and white in the standard alternating pattern. At random, exactly half of the black squares are removed from the board. The expected number of white squares that have no neighbours after this process can be expressed as a/b where a and b are coprime positive integers. What is the value of a+b?

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>Note: The black squares are not removed with probability 12. Rather, it is given that exactly 30 black squares are removed.

>A square is a neighbour if it is located directly to the left, right, top or bottom of the initial square. Squares that are connected by exactly 1 vertex are not neighbors.

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