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Old 10-15-2017, 04:42 PM   #1
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5-3 mutual holding game

White - Pips 136

Black - Pips 120
Black to Play 5-3
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What would be your play?
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Old 10-15-2017, 06:37 PM   #2
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Re: 5-3 mutual holding game

I want to keep the 8 point. Make white burn 6s in the home board. That really only leaves three choices.
i) 10/7 10/5
ii) 10/7 6/1
iii) 10/5 6/3

10/5 just stacks the 5 point. 6/3 does little or nothing. 10/7 is risky, but you will usually make an important point if missed. If you are hit, playing 6/1 gives you a four-board to the opponents three-board.

10/7 6/1 looks pretty clear to me.
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