Friday, 29 April 2011
The Big Quiz, Part 4
In the match I played bar/22, 13/10*, 6/3(2). It's a huge blunder. I was seduced by the better disribution of builders when the 6pt is unstacked, but the play has fatal flaws. It leaves 7 numbers to hit the blot on the 10pt instead of 2 and it doesn't make the 5pt. Not only is the 5pt a far better point to own than the 3pt, but also four points made in a solid block are superior to 4 points made out of six. The best play is clearly bar/22, 13/10*, 8/5(2) making the best point, keeping the return shots to a minimum and damn the bad distribution. Bar/22, 13/10*(3) is also a blunder. It threatens to make points it's true, but making points always beats threatening to make them and the midpoint may yet be valuable. 2 points for making the 5pt and nothing for any other play.
The rest of the game was very dull. White entered hitting my blot on the 3pt, I entered awkwardly got attacked and closed out and just about saved the gammon.
Game Two, White 1 Blue 0 to 5.
I play first with a 6-4.
How do you play this? We'll find out tomorrow. Until then, enjoy the game!