The great detective pondered for a couple of minutes, his face shrouded in the smoke from his meerschaum, and then he reached for the doubling cubes and turned them both to 4.
"Hmm, somewhat precipitate, I think you'll find," said Lestrade, snatching the cube. I studied the position for a while but still thought that the basic structure of our position would give us a comfortable take. "I agree with Lestrade," said I. "For once Holmes I think you should have waited a roll."
Four rolls later we found ourselves with two men on the bar and easily lost a gammon. I have learnt to take my losses with equanimity but not so Lestrade who felt he had been dealt a great injustice. "What luck, Mr. Holmes," he remarked. "No wonder you solve more cases than I do."
"No luck my dear fellow, but rather a clear understanding of the position and its possibilities. White's position is superficially strong with its 4-point board and two black men trapped but that feature will become largely irrelevant if I can attack and close out two men. With one man already on the bar against a 5-point board and another waiting to join it your position was precarious indeed. Black will win a lot of gammons in this position and thus I doubled when I did to ensure I maximised my equity. Indeed it would not surprise me to learn that the original position was a drop."
"As lucid an explanation as ever," I remarked.
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