Help! Why race when behind?
Posted By: Matt Cohn-Geier In Response To: Help! Why race when behind? (David Rockwell)
Date: Tuesday, 23 July 2013, at 3:12 a.m.
In Response To: Help! Why race when behind? (David Rockwell)
White is a favorite, so he often doubles in a turn or two. So if you put the cube on his side it may get redoubled anyway. (common exception is when it becomes a close race...but this happens anyway after running. Blue clearly has better cube leverage in a race)
Blue often holds the cube anyway at some point. So if you put the cube on his side you get something similar to what often happens anyway.
It isn't so much about what happens on this roll as what happens on the next roll, or the roll after, or the roll after. Often you don't look more than one roll ahead but since one play radically changes the nature of the position from contact to noncontact, the nature of the resulting position becomes more important than usual. The fact that the contact play often results in noncontact anyway just confuses the issue somewhat.
You do get a certain measure of something, but it isn't the whole story.
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