Saturday 12 June 1999
Black is a big favourite whichever play he chooses, but it is important in situations like this consistently to make the best play, otherwise the odd "certain" win slips away.
Play (a) puts two men behind black's 4-prime and threatens to close them out if things go well. The down side is if white enters with a 1 and then scrambles one or both men to safety while black languishes on the bar.
Play (b) attempts to close out the man on black's 2-point and then pick up the second blot later. The down side here is that if white enters immediately with a 2 he may well get the blot on black's 11-point to safety. Even if he stays out, black does not have that much time to pick up the second blot.
Over the board the team all liked play (b), and this was the move played. In fact play (a) leads to more wins and is the stronger move, as it leads to more wins. The reason is that it is much more difficult for white to escape two men from black's home board, than to escape just one.
The rule of thumb in positions like this is to get the second back and then worry about the close-out, rather than vice versa.
TV reviewGrace Dent: Jimmy McGovern's new drama sheds light on sex slavery in the colonies
Eurovision 2015Australian Idol winner unveiled as representative Down Under
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 What happens to your body when you give up sugar?
- 2 Tourist films plane's descent just metres above packed Caribbean beach
- 3 World Book Day: Boy 'excluded' from school after dressing up as Fifty Shades' Christian Grey
- 4 Have sex with your iPad thanks to the new sex toy no-one asked for
- 5 GamerGate: developer Tim Schafer provokes rage with joke about online gaming activists at industry awards
Fifty Shades of Grey banned by Indian censors despite sex scenes being edited out
The 9 rules every Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner cartoon had to follow are wonderfully pedantic
Toy Story 4: Pixar promises a romcom storyline 'separate' from the much-loved trilogy
India's Daughter: BBC Four documentary provokes outrage on Twitter
Fifty Shades of Grey movie shows first sex scene 'after 40 minutes'
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Ex-head of MI6: 'We shouldn't kid ourselves that Russia is on a path to democracy'
Most people think legal tax avoidance is just as wrong as illegal tax evasion, poll suggests
Nigel Farage promises Ukip will not 'stigmatise' would-be migrants – and says he wants 'everyone to speak the same language'