Hard Ten

by Jake Jacobs
2 March 2017

Jake Jacobs

This month I thought I'd try something different. I listened to Phil Simborg's interview with Paul Weaver, and was inspired. Paul's preferred pedagogical method is to teach the first and second moves of the game.

Why not go that one better, and if we are going one, why not go eight? So I created a quiz with ten positions, one for the first roll, one for the second, all the way through one for the tenth roll. If you master the first ten rolls of the game, you will be darned near perfect! Of course I might need to compose quite a few of these quizzes to complete the set.

And while I am sure that for each of the first ten rolls there will be one or more incredibly challenging positions, I am less sure I found them. In fact many was the game I played my way into, only to find that the fourth or seventh or whichever roll was neither challenging nor interesting, so I had to start over. (If the fifth roll wasn't worthy, why not keep playing, as no one forced me to create these in order? Good question! I wish you had asked me earlier.)


The following positions are all money games, with Black on roll.

Position 1: Black to play 64?

Position 2: Black to play 66?

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