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studying openings

Posted By: higonefive
Date: Friday, 6 April 2012, at 2:58 p.m.

In Response To: studying openings (pontiac)

I'm struggling the same way. But opening play isn't the last class. EVERY game has an opening. So poor opening play adds up very fast in a chunk of lost equity. It is also an inclined plate into inferior positions. Sure, it is an ass full of work. If you can't memorize, you must find other compilers. An example:

"Rule #2: When your opponent splits with an opening 6X [62 63 64] and you reply with a hitting 6X [62 63 64] you should play the other number (the non six) by splitting the back checkers.

Again, I see a lot of over aggressive play in the opening and Rule #2 addresses another subset of these plays. Watch any chouette where this set of positions comes up and you'll see the good ole rip two down from the midpoint. Bringing two down from the midpoint in this situation can range from slightly wrong to making me want to lose my lunch. What makes this position different from the positions discussed in Rule #1 is that we now have already unloaded the stacked midpoint and already have two clean covers for the bar point.

There are no exceptions to this rule. The closest decisions is a 62 to play after your opponent opens with a 62. It is still correct by .010 to split the back checkers but this is as close as the two down play gets. Again, this information could come in useful at scores where your gammon value is noticeably increased. (and your opponent's gammon value is typically decreased)."

Stick, Rules of Opening Play. Gammon Village: 30 September 2010.

Another example is Mochys "Priming Formation and Blitzing Formation". There are strategic and tactic considerations to remember as rules of thumb, which could guide you to find the best move.

The question: What is your game plan? appears with the very first move.

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