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A cube action + 5-4 to play

Posted By: greedygammon
Date: Saturday, 11 January 2014, at 10:25 p.m.

Match to 11, White leads 9-8
Blue doubles to 2. White to take or pass?


So while casually browsing a match kindly sent to me by Bill who transcribed it (2 world class players), I noticed this cube action. It occured to me that it could be an important decision so I was curious how long it took White to take. When I reviewed the video I saw that White [insta] took this double. According to gnubg it was flagged as a "doubtful" take. So, is this an easy take? No need to think much about it over the board? So I was wondering if maybe White could have benefit from the lecture as shown in this YouTube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SH0GfgDjZY where Mochy admonishes instant takes or drops. His advise is "you should pause at least 12 seconds to decide a cube action" he goes even further to state "taking a cube in 1 second is WORST behavior" Well this "worst behavior" came back to bite White as a few steps down the road ended up here.

Match to 11, White leads 9-8
Blue to play 54


NOw this is another interesting position. Would you consider breaking anchor for a chance to put 2 on the bar if one back man is forced out with a 6. At the risk of looking like an idiot if he rolls 66. How about if the score was 9-7 instead of 9-8, where a doubled gammon would be sweet indeed.

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