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Remembering 1 Number while calc the 2th
Posted By: Coolrey
Date: Tuesday, 10 June 2014, at 5:09 a.m.
In Response To: Remembering 1 Number while calc the 2th (Sebastiaan Kuijs)
Learn to count only the difference. In similar positions it is easy, but as with anything other comparisons take a little practice.
3 on the midpoint is 39 while 2 on the 20 point are 40, so the diff is 1.
Then you only count once, and if difference is say.... 08, you probably are NOT going to double and can take.
between 816 is more delicate, and you might need the leaders pip count to decide on a double/take decision.
Over 16 ignoring contact considerations you will probably be sending it.
Mostly the difference gives me a quick answer when I am trying to decide on doubling. If I am up 10% I can double or redouble. That is pretty easy. Adjusting for contact more complex. The bonus is: there is no need to remember the other guys pip count... AND, if you count his and then yours, that is two chances to get it wrong, and a third when you do the required subtraction.
Counting once has less opportunity to mess up.
It is also faster, which is important if you are playing on the clock.
Magriel's book gives some examples of how to comparison count, and numerous posts here have dealt with this subject.

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