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Old 09-22-2018, 12:17 AM   #1
deh
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2-1, middle game


White - Pips 145 (-20)

Black - Pips 165 (+20)
Black to Play 2-1
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What is your play and why?


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Old 09-22-2018, 09:23 AM   #2
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Re: 2-1, middle game

9/8 6/4 looks pretty clear. Spare on the 8, unstacks the 6. Everything else looks worse.
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Old 09-23-2018, 03:51 AM   #3
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Re: 2-1, middle game

Thank you!

XGID=-a---bE-BA--cDA--c-b--Bbb-:0:0:1:21:0:0:1:0:10


1. XG Roller+ 9/8 6/4 eq:-0.257
Player: 45.62% (G:9.80% B:0.39%)
Opponent: 54.38% (G:20.17% B:0.44%)

2. XG Roller+ 14/13 9/7 eq:-0.280 (-0.024)
Player: 44.31% (G:9.09% B:0.35%)
Opponent: 55.69% (G:18.69% B:0.42%)

3. XG Roller+ 9/6 eq:-0.303 (-0.046)
Player: 43.15% (G:8.85% B:0.32%)
Opponent: 56.85% (G:17.45% B:0.38%)

4. XG Roller+ 14/13 6/4 eq:-0.307 (-0.050)
Player: 44.91% (G:9.79% B:0.40%)
Opponent: 55.09% (G:22.80% B:0.49%)

5. XG Roller+ 13/11 9/8 eq:-0.329 (-0.072)
Player: 43.97% (G:9.63% B:0.38%)
Opponent: 56.03% (G:20.80% B:0.48%)
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Old 09-29-2018, 06:03 AM   #4
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Re: 2-1, middle game

I was taught that when you are forced to leave a direct with a number, to always look for the best use of that number in case it does not get hit. The best use of the 2 is 6/4 to me. Then I would look for the best 1. That would either be 14/13 or 9/8. 9/8 loses more in the race when hit and the 8 point is stripped while the midpoint has builders.
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