OLM Fr 01/07/11
Posted By: Chuck Bower In Response To: OLM Fr 01/07/11 (Jason Lee)
Date: Friday, 7 January 2011, at 6:20 p.m.
In Response To: OLM Fr 01/07/11 (Jason Lee)
In my world, 13/9, 13/10 was worth a look. (I don't expect too many others to consider this play. As to whether that's my weakness or theirs,...)
Two plays get our back checker moving:
20/13 -- This play leaves 17 shots. For those, hitting by opps involves escaping a back checker.
20/16, 9/6 -- By contrast, 14 shots. When hit, at least one builder (probably two) are brought into range of opp's 5-point.
So what about when we're missed? Having the back checker already in safe spot is a plus for 20/13. Also, the builder-blot on the 9-point adds to our flexibility for next turn.
Bottom line is that the only advantage I find for staying on the 16-point is three fewer shots. Several other considerations favor keeping that checker moving to the midpoint. I think the rewards are worth the (three extra shot) risk.
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