Stick No. 14/Answer




The right play is bar/22, 7,6

Oh woe is my opponent.  This was his play and he failed to see the main weakness in his game.  I chose this as a problem because I believe many players would follow in his footsteps and make that play.  Doesn't it seem like playing 7/6 leaving another blot and breaking that part of your prime is a bit crazy?  It isn't … it addresses your biggest weakness at a time when it needs to be addressed.

Stepping up trying to escape that back checker makes sure that even if I throw a three to complete my five prime he will still be at the edge of it threatening to escape.  With the other play when I complete the prime if he doesn't throw an immediate ace, and note it has to be a good ace, 61 or 21, he is cooked.  Coming up to the edge of the prime also has some serious duplication of threes (hit loose or make the prime) and to a lesser extent fives.  Breaking the bar point also adds a bit of flexibility to the position that he doesn't have with his stodgy 12/11(2) play. 

These are the plays that are tough to find during the course of the game.  You must constantly ask yourself what you strengths/weaknesses are, reassess every position like it was a new position not part of the flow of the game, and pay attention to the finer details.

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