Tuesday, 3 May 2011
The Big Quiz, part 7
White leads 1-0 to 5, should Blue double?
Technically the answer is no. Rollouts show that Blue will do better if he waits until he clears the midpoint. However, doubling now is only a very small mistake and if you are playing a stronger player, this is one for you to double at this score. If you get lucky and clear the midpoint, you've usually lost your market. There isn't any great skill involved here, so White isn't going to be able to outplay you and she isn't going to be able to redouble you unless she gets a shot, hits it and puts you in the air behind a five prime. Best of all perhaps, doubling now means you can't make a larger mistake and fail to double later!
Bots (and most humans) don't like to double against the bar anchor, but it is often only a small mistake, as here and if you have some spares and this sort of lead, it's often right. 2 points for selecting no double, but 1 point for a double I think. Always a take of course.
In the match I didn't double, rolled 3-3, 13/10(2), 11/8(2) and cashed next turn.
That made the score 1-1 and after a fairly routine opening, we came to this position. What's the correct cube action for both sides here?
Position ID: 2D2GASSwbxPBAA
Match ID: cAmgABAACAAE
Score, 1-1 to 5, Blue on roll. Cube action?
Until tomorrow, enjoy the game!