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Old 04-04-2018, 11:29 PM   #1
deh
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5-5 to play

White - Pips 174 (+51)

Black - Pips 123 (-51)
Black to Play 5-5
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What is your play and why?

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Old 04-04-2018, 11:53 PM   #2
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Re: 5-5 to play

I'm playing 3 to the 8. While typically one disengages from the back when clearing, in this case I would rather keep the point that's not in direct contact with the opposing defensive position.
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Old 04-05-2018, 12:25 AM   #3
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Re: 5-5 to play

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I'm playing 3 to the 8. While typically one disengages from the back when clearing, in this case I would rather keep the point that's not in direct contact with the opposing defensive position.
Thank you, that was my thinking when I made this move to 'disengage' as much as possible.
Unfortunately XG did not agree with me and preferred to leave 13 shots for a chance to pick up more opponent's blots.
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Old 04-05-2018, 10:32 AM   #4
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Re: 5-5 to play

I'm playing 13/8(2) 14/9(2), giving me another turn to pick up some of those blots.

I read somewhere that gammons pay double. Call me greedy.
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Old 04-05-2018, 05:42 PM   #5
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Re: 5-5 to play

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I'm playing 13/8(2) 14/9(2), giving me another turn to pick up some of those blots.

I read somewhere that gammons pay double. Call me greedy.
Bill beat me to it.
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