Jerrymandering 5

by Jake Jacobs
31 August 2017


Jake Jacobs

The horror! The horror!

Those who have been following this series know that after leading 14-3 to 23, in just three games I had fallen behind 14-15.

We resume with Game 13.

We managed to play the first several moves flawlessly. Then, we traded errors.



Jerry ran 21/13. XG prefers 24/22, 13/8. I'd probably have made Jerry's play over the board, but see the logic of XG's move. It cleans up the right block, keeps the rear in communication, yields fewer pips if hit, and increases the chances of consolidating the back men in an advanced anchor.

Had he made that play I would probably have hit two men with 51, but instead, I played 22/21, 6/1*. Moving up is right, of course, but the hit is bad. I should have played 13/8, and almost surely would have if playing today.



This play was a much bigger mistake. I made the deuce instead of my 14pt.



Another blunder! There's an aversion to breaking the anchor and leaving three blots, as opposed to keeping it and leaving two, while slotting a useful point. But the blot I leave on the mid may be hit with impunity. My board is twice as strong, and if he attacks inside he will almost surely leave himself exposed.
 
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