A little Quiz for you today, five puzzling positions from a student in Croatia. All of these are from money play, where as always the Jacoby Rule is in force and there are no scores to alter the value of gammons and the cube, so they should be easy, right? Let's see, in each position Black is on roll.
Black to play 4-2. What and why?
Black's 5-5 attack in the opening has failed miserably and now he has to play 6-5 from the bar. A choice of three sixes, so which and why?
Black has already doubled and now has a nice 2-1 to play. This one will surprise a lot of you I know. What and why?
Black to play a 3-1, neither easy nor obvious. What and why please.
It has been said that the ability to play a poor roll well is "the calling card of a pro". This is a poor roll, so can you find Black's best play here? What and why please!
If you get all these right for the right reasons, then you should be writing your own blog. I'll be back in a day or two, with some of the thinking which might lead you to the right play if you meet these toughies one dark night.
Until then, enjoy the game!