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Old 10-13-2017, 03:44 PM   #1
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5-4 middle game

White - Pips 116

Black - Pips 150
Black to Play 5-4
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What would be your play and why? Thank you!
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Old 10-14-2017, 04:03 AM   #2
Karol Szczerek
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Re: 5-4 middle game

3 plays: lift & slot 2pt, lift & slot the 9pt and point on the 3pt.

The 3pt looks thematic, being behind in the race and looking at White's second blot. We might turn the tables on her 9 dances. In turn it leaves a whooping 19 return shots and looses quite a bunch of gammons.

9pt slot is much safer in terms of gammons, and leaves only 13 shots, while preparing for an attack or prime if she doesn't roll a 6. I like this.

The 2pt slot is very passive, but safe. I don't like it though. The blot weakens our attacking chances. It wins less games for sure and saves only few gammons compared to the 9pt slot (both plays loose not many gammons).

Therefore I'd go with the 9pt slot as I think that making the 3pt looses way too much gammons and it doesn't even necesarrily win more games.

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