Thursday, 5 May 2011
The Big Quiz part 9
Did you vote to keep the shots down to 11 with 16/9? That would be a huge blunder. It is very important to make an inner board point, because Blue's game becomes so much easier when White dances. It's just a question of which one. In the match I selected 8/4, 7/4, following the old dictum to make the points in order, but that leaves 16 shots (and 3 blots). 6/2, 5/2 is much better, 8 shots and 2 blots, but best of all is 7/3, 6/3 even though it leaves 9 shots. This is because it is much easier to fill one gap rather than two and also correspondingly more difficult for White to escape. Making the 3pt leaves only the 4pt as an escape hatch, rather than the 3pt and 4pt when Blue makes the 2pt.
Score 1pt for this simple play, nothing for anything else. Did you count the shots incidentally? I obviously didn't in the match!
However, I got away with making the 4pt because White danced and then I rolled 6-4.
Position ID: tHsYA0DYewsiAA
Match ID: QQmzABAACAAE
It's 4-away, 4-away, White owns the cube and is on the bar, Blue to play 6-4. Over to you! Until tomorrow, enjoy the game!