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 on: Today at 09:06:42 PM 
Started by dorbel - Last post by PersianLord
Stog writes 
They may be interesting positions, but I don't see much in the way of commentary except that of the author. I only can hope he doesn't get bruised patting himself on the back.

I have contributed what I consider to be thoughtful commentaries on many occasions which have often been greeted by vacuous criticism, some of it your own. I don't recall you ever inserting yourself to chastise any of my critics.

No harm, no foul, or, in the words of a former client, NEVER EXPLAIN, NEVER COMPLAIN.

BTW, if I had referred to dorbel as DIMBELL or DORKBEL, no doubt you would have censored that. I guess you feel that only you can use derogatory names without fear of censorship. It's a cheap shot which in my opinion demonstrates your own brand of hypocrisy and is unworthy of anyone claiming to be an impartial moderator of debate and discussion.

Bob

We salute you Leviathan.

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 on: Today at 03:53:39 PM 
Started by dorbel - Last post by dorbel
The reason that Fibsboard doesn't currently have a Guest v Herd match is that nobody has come forward to run one. I am not, for various reasons, interested in running it. I am quite interested in doing this, partly because some people find what I write useful, partly because I find it helps my own game.
Yesterday's position (scroll up), the double hit (8/2*, 3/1*) and the only reasonable alternate (13/7, 3/1*) are just about equal, demonstrating the power of getting another checker into the zone. Both plays have the same object of course, making it as hard as possible for Red to anchor. If she can anchor anywhere, White's wins and gammons go down sharply. I played the double hit over the board.
I kept on hitting when I could but eventually ran out of ammunition, which was identified as the weakness of the original cube if you remember and with both sides having one checker on the bar had to play 6-5 in this position. A choice of four legal sixes, which one was right? I played bar/14, XG++ plays bar/20, 22/16. How about you? Answers tomorrow.

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 on: Today at 02:27:35 PM 
Started by dorbel - Last post by KDP
while i appreciate dorbel's efforts, i think bringing back the herd vs guest online match would be a much more interesting way to go.

 4 
 on: Yesterday at 04:32:57 PM 
Started by dorbel - Last post by stog


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 on: Yesterday at 08:31:41 AM 
Started by dorbel - Last post by dorbel
Following the double I rolled 4-4, which made the cube look terrific! Then next turn got to this position. Will you leave one blot or two?

 6 
 on: Yesterday at 06:06:00 AM 
Started by dorbel - Last post by dorbel
The story so far, see Bundalongadorbel, the thread that died of shame.
We left our hero playing the White Checkers and leading 2-0 to 13, on roll and contemplating a double in the position below. I doubled this in the match, but it's not strong enough to turn the cube yet. Although White leads in the race by 18 pips, has the better position and some attacking threats, he should wait. An advantage in position, race and threats is usually enough for a cube, so why not here? There just aren't enough market losers and White will usually be able to get a take next turn even if he rolls well. The problem is that there are not enough checkers in the zone, ie checkers bearing on the 4 and 3 pts. 8 aren't enough and even if the White checker on the 11pt moves up to the 9pt it's still not a cube. Ten checkers in the zone is ideal. What this tells us is that threats ( to radically improve next turn) are more important than race or position. Threats increase volatility, the key element in good doubling.

Doubling is a blunda and Red is delighted to get the cube on his side so early in the game.

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 on: Yesterday at 04:29:52 AM 
Started by dorbel - Last post by NIHILIST
Stog writes 
Quote
they are interesting positions and thoughtful commentaries

why not contribute some of your own instead of vacuous criticism

They may be interesting positions, but I don't see much in the way of commentary except that of the author. I only can hope he doesn't get bruised patting himself on the back.

I have contributed what I consider to be thoughtful commentaries on many occasions which have often been greeted by vacuous criticism, some of it your own. I don't recall you ever inserting yourself to chastise any of my critics.

No harm, no foul, or, in the words of a former client, NEVER EXPLAIN, NEVER COMPLAIN.

BTW, if I had referred to dorbel as DIMBELL or DORKBEL, no doubt you would have censored that. I guess you feel that only you can use derogatory names without fear of censorship. It's a cheap shot which in my opinion demonstrates your own brand of hypocrisy and is unworthy of anyone claiming to be an impartial moderator of debate and discussion.

Bob

 8 
 on: June 29, 2015, 09:48:03 PM 
Started by dorbel - Last post by TimDugan
My play would be a double/take ... anyone else?

 9 
 on: June 29, 2015, 07:48:33 PM 
Started by dorbel - Last post by stog
the thread or your post Nihole?

they are interesting positions and thoughtful commentaries

why not contribute some of your own instead of vacuous criticism

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 on: June 29, 2015, 06:44:24 PM 
Started by dorbel - Last post by NIHILIST
This thread is like the sound of one hand clapping.

Bob

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