by Steve Sax
5 September 2012
Seeking a repeat as Master's champion and a first Golden Gate Open title, I assembled a paltry 4-4 match record and along the way made some peculiar cube and checker decisions. Today we'll look at ten of those boo boos which will help to explain why I didn't do better.
Facing off against backgammon legend Nick Maffeo in the first round of the Golden Gate masters I had an interesting six and five to play leading 1-0 to 13. I could play safe (7-1, 10-5) or aggressive (7-2*, 10-4).
In "San Francisco 1" I chose to hit loose and go for the gammon reasoning that even if I was hit back, I could still re-enter and counter-attack. If I didn't enter he still wouldn't likely have a re-double, so I chose to gamble as it would take a parlay to lose the game.
Position San Francisco 1:
|to play 56|
|1.||Rollout1||10/5 7/1||eq: +0.856|
|2.||Rollout1||10/4 7/2*||eq: +0.786 (-0.070)|
|1 1296 Games rolled with Variance Reduction.|
Moves: 3 ply, cube decisions: XG Roller
eXtreme Gammon Version: 1.21, MET: Rockwell-Kazaross
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Nice positions as always. Most surprising to me is Position 9. I would have significantly underestimated Yellow's gammons.
In Position 6, I would have made the DMP play of 9/4 6/3, and I'm a bit surprised that the impure but gammonish 7/2* 5/2 fares so well, given that Yellow's gammon value is reduced and that Black is itching to send over a gammicidal recube as soon as the game threatens to turn around.
Thank you Timothy,
The five three (position 6) was the one I wish I had spent more time on.
My second choice would have been to make the two-point which was as good as anything.
As far as position 9 is concerned. Any time you have a position "out of reference" you are likely to get some surprising results.
Since Ernest is missing his six-point any potential turn around he might launch will be diminished due to the significant weakness in his position.
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