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OLM 20141128A The Dilly Builders

Posted By: Wolfgang
Date: Saturday, 29 November 2014, at 12:23 a.m.

In Response To: OLM 20141128A The Dilly Builders (Jason Lee)

There are several choices that look reasonable. For instance:

  • 11/3 7/3 8/4 prepares to achieve a full prime, but it leaves a blot which has to be covered in the next roll unless it isn't hit by the PrimeFactors. Is a full prime worthwhile in this type of position? Or is a smaller and more flexible prime better? I don't know, but I think that escaping with the backchecker is highly important. So, I try to achieve a safe position on our side of the board to have more "degrees of freedom" on the PrimeFactor's side of the board.
  • 8/4(2) 11/3 looks more flexible than the first choice due to the extra checkers on the 6-, 7-, and 8-point. Yet, we will be committed to solve the problems on the near side of the board (2 blots), although we actually want to have a safe position there in order to escape with the backchecker on the 21-point.
  • 8/4(3) 11/7: I hope I am not swindled by Mr. Captain Obvious here. This play looks a tad coward. Nevertheless, it results in a both safe and flexible position. We are 24 (40) pips ahead in the pip count, and we shall run with our backchecker in the next roll(s). Therefore, this play will give us the opportunity of focussing on the escape immediately.
  • The hitting plays with 5/1*(2)... are not quite convincing to me, because hitting does not fit to the game plan of escaping as soon as possible.

All in all, my choice is: 8/4(3) 11/7

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