Thursday 12 May 2011
Let's deal with this one first. It's pretty clear that Blue's priority is to get those back men moving around the board and while White is on the bar is the best time to do it. No pussyfooting, 23/18, 24/21 is the play. There's more to this than getting ready to escape. If White gets lucky and throws a joker from the bar, then spreading out will maximise Blue's chances of a return shot and Blue outboards White 4-2 at the moment. 23/15 is second best and anything that breaks the midpoint is very wrong indeed. It is a key point, covering the outfield and a safe house for runners, only to be broken if it can be used to hit.
I'm a bit bored with this match now and if I am bored with it, you must be weeping. So, here are two nice positions where the cube action is not at all clear. Let's see what you make of them.
Position ID: drsJAAZ7Y4cBAA
Match ID: cAkgARAAEAAA
Blue leads 2-1 to 9 and is on roll. What is the correct cube action for both sides?
Position ID: t5sHAEBt2wiAAw
Match ID: UQmgAUAAMAAE
Blue leads 6-4 to 13 and is on roll, owning the cube. White is on the bar. What is the correct cube action for both sides?
Set them out on a board, take your time and a very good tip this, imagine that you are trying to convince a doubles partner why your play is best!
Let me know what you think. Until tomorrow, enjoy the game!