Chocolate Bar

Louis has a bar of chocolate 4×6 which is marked into 24 little squares. At each step, he breaks up one of its pieces along any of the marked horizontal/vertical lines. Show that no matter how he does that, it will always take the same number of steps until the chocolate is broken into single 1×1 pieces.

Every time he splits the chocolate, the number of pieces increases by 1. Therefore it will always take him 23 steps to split it into single pieces.

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