Friday, 23 July 2010
More Is Possible.
Before you read on, take a moment to think about this position. It's a seven point match and White leads 2-0, with Red holding the cube. How would you play Red's roll?
If you played 18/11, you are in good company, as that is what I played, but it's a blunder. Because of those two blots in White's home board, Red can play to get a double shot after White's next 6 and try 18/15, 5/1, or 18/15, 7/3. This works particularly well when White throws 6-3 and has to expose four blots! It's quite a rare position, I made this mistake years ago and haven't seen anything quite like it in the interim. It's rare for Red to still have the luxury of a spare on the anchor. However, similar positions do occur fairly regularly and when the side bearing in has butchered his board and has a couple of blots hanging about, I like to raise a flag over it, to remind myself "More Is Possible", to prevent myself from making the hasty, "obvious" and safe play. Note that the two blots don't always make it right to expose a blot, but you do need to give it some serious thought.
I hope to be posting more regularly now, so until the next one, enjoy the game!