Wednesday, 27 April 2011
The Big Quiz part 2.
Well, two plays really stand out here. We can discard 13/7, 13/11. 28 shots (without including the numbers that hit in White's home board) and the opportunity for White to hit twice is a bit too big. 13/7, 8/6 is a little better, but still 28 shots. 8/6, 8/2* is a lot less shots, only 18 but strips the 8pt of its last builder and stacks the 6pt even higher. This brings us down to 13/5 which I played in the match, 24 shots but slots a very valuable point and duplicates fours for White to hit on the other side of the board. It's a good play, but slightly inferior to the dynamic 13/11, 8/2*, 20 return shots for White but crucially taking away half of White's next roll, limiting her choices and giving her some awkward numbers. This hitting to keep your opponent off balance is a key weapon in the opening, even when it involves hitting deep in the board. I don't do it often enough.
So, two points for 13/11, 8/2* and one point only for 13/5. Nothing for anything else, as all the other choices are blunders.
Then the play went like this. Blue 6-2, 13/5
White 5-1, 8/2*
Blue 4-2, bar/23*, 5/1*
White 4-1, bar/24*, bar/21
Blue 3-1, bar/22, 23/22
White 6-4, 21/11 (probably correct)
There is an interesting thread on fibsboard about doublets and the difficulty in playing them. This is obviously a great roll for Blue, how should he play it? By all means post your answer as a comment, no need to be shy!
I'll tell you the answer tomorrow. Until then, enjoy the game!