Posted By: Timothy Chow In Response To: 52S-52K-31-54@-42 (Dmitriy Obukhov)
Date: Sunday, 4 September 2011, at 6:49 p.m.
In Response To: 52S-52K-31-54@-42 (Dmitriy Obukhov)
Nack says that as a rule, either five point beats either four point. Is this an exception?
Blue has an extra checker on the 8pt. That sways things a little in favor of the 4pt, but by itself I don't think it would be enough. A little more significant is that White's 8pt spare is now a guard on the 24pt. A virgin board for Blue is particularly annoying when White has an anchor-and-guard formation, and of course Blue has less urgency to anchor when White has less ammunition up front.
I'd go with the 4pt but I imagine it's close.
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