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Old 10-17-2017, 12:38 AM   #1
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4-1, blocking game

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Old 10-17-2017, 01:27 PM   #2
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Re: 4-1, blocking game

The 1 is obviously 6/5, which leaves us 3 choices for the 4. I would continue to decongest the 6 point by playing 6/2.
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Old 10-17-2017, 03:43 PM   #3
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Re: 4-1, blocking game

My first thought was 10/5, but the more I looked at it, the uglier it got. I'll go with thecantonkid on this. 6/1* also looks not horrible.
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Old 10-19-2017, 12:13 PM   #4
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Re: 4-1, blocking game

I like 6/5 6/2 over 6/1* because the tempo doesn't seem important and the extra flexibility does. Better chance to make the 4 point next turn for instance.

So it's between 10/5 and 6/5 6/2. 6/5 6/2 pays 7 more shots to keep the 10 point and get much better distribution. Also you'd much rather get hit on the 2 than the 10. So it seems worth it to pay the extra shots.

6/5 6/2
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