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Slotting when opponent has free drop

From:   onur alan
Date:   16 April 2013
Subject:   opening 21 ATS
Forum: Forums

13  14  15  16  17  18      19  20  21  22  23  24
    | X               O     |   | O                   X |   (1 away)
    | X               O     |   | O                   X |
    | X               O     |   | O                     |
    | X                     |   | O                     |
    | X                     |   | O                     |
    |                       |   |                       |   +---+
    |                       |   |                       |   | 1 |
    |                       |   |                       |   +---+
    | O                     |   | X                     |
    | O                     |   | X                     |
    | O               X     |   | X                     |
    | O               X     |   | X                   O |
    | O               X     |   | X                   O |   (6 away)
     12  11  10   9   8   7       6   5   4   3   2   1

     X to play 2-1

Pino  writes:

I assume we're post Crawford. Don't slot, split. If you slot and he hits
you, it's a take. If he misses, he uses the free drop.

Onur Alan  writes:

It doesn't show in the diagram but, yes, it is post Crawford.

Does it affect the move? Why?

ah_chem  writes:

Slotting works very well whenever you are missed, and your opponent misses
21/36, almost 60%. But because of the score, you never get to play any of
those games. Whenever your opponent misses, she drops the cube you are
about to offer. So you don't obtain much value from the slot -- the only
games you get to actually play are the 15/36 where you are hit.

So the moral of the story is don't slot an opening 21 when your opponent
has a free drop.
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