A very exciting game TWIXT PP

8 replies. Last post: 2004-06-13

Reply to this topic Return to forum

A very exciting game
  • David J Bush ★ at 2003-09-07

    My loss to Klaus in game 76842 was a rather spectacular game with a brilliant finish. I welcome any and all questions and comments about it. I am still trying to understand all the variations. I believe my 22.T17* was poor, and may have been the loser. 22.P14* looks much better.

    Send me your email, if you would like me to send you my Jtwixt file on the game. Jtwixt is a great tool for studying games. It does not actually play the game; it’s just a virtual board for studying and storing an entire branching tree of variations, not just one line.

  • michael at 2003-09-07

    I don’t really understand, it shows you as the black player, but move T17 is a white move?

  • michael at 2003-09-07

    nevermind, i got it now, i did not count the points outside the lines...

  • David J Bush ★ at 2003-09-07

    It sounds like you are using the plain white board display with no coordinate labels. If you click on “Login/New user” on the left, and then click on “Edit user properties” you can select a board display that shows the coordinates.

  • beppi at 2003-10-17

    Would you comment that game? I can understand maybe 1/4 of the moves...

  • David J Bush ★ at 2003-10-18

    Gah, there’s a lot there to comment on. I would prefer to use Jtwixt to discuss variations. I would be glad to email my game file to anyone who has Jtwixt (which is free BTW). If I list out all the variations in text form here, it could be very awkward to follow, unless you have a set next to the computer or you have something like Jtwixt.

    Just to illustrate, here are some variations which I had to consider if I had played the correct 22.P14* in this position: 23.i19 24.M11 25.K10* (25.L11* 26.K12* 27.J12** 28.G14* 29.K18** 30.i13**; or 25.L12 26.K12* 27.N11** 28.M13*; or 25.M13 26.L13* 27.K14** (27.N11** 28.N14* 29.K10* 30.K12* 31.J12** 32.G14*; or 27.N15*** 28.N13** 29.K10* 30.K12* is similar)28.L9*; or 25.N12 26.N13**) 26.K12* 27.i13** (27.J12** 28.G14* 29.F13* (29.K18** 30.i13**) 30.30.K19** 31.E15* 32.E18 33.D17* 34.C17* 35.F18* 36.G19* 37.H18** 38.i20**) 28.J10*; or 23.O15* 24.N15* 25.N17** 26.T19* 27.i19 28.K12 29.J10* (29.i13** 30.J10*; or 29.L11* 30.M13** 31.J12** 32.G14*) 30.G14* wins for black.

    I will try to answer one specific question at a time here, but not the whole game in a single post. :-)

  • Hjallti at 2004-06-03

    At a certain moment there is a series of 5 M moves, I don’t understand why you were both doing that.

  • David J Bush ★ at 2004-06-13

    24.M5 was my attempt to cut Klaus off along the top. The 4-0 block (relative to Klaus’s M9 peg) is a very common way to try to stop the opponent from reaching the edge.

    25.M7 is a standard way to reply. I call this a “mesh hammer attack” since M7 and M9 form a mesh setup (2-0) and M7 is “hammering” my M5 peg, threatening to cut past me on one side or the other.

    At this point in the game I felt I was at a disadvantage, so I tried to stir up complications in the hope that Klaus would make a mistake. 26.M11 threatens to cut through the middle of the board. I thought I might be able to make a series of threats, called a "cascade attack."

    Klaus is up to the challenge, and responds with 27.M13 which strengthened his position in many ways, denying me any workable cascade attack, as far as I can tell.

    I would be glad to discuss any variation you like. If you would like to know why some specific move was not played, for example, please ask.

Return to forum

Reply to this topic

Include game board: [game;id:123456] or [game;id:123456;move:20] or [game;id:123456;move:20;title:some text]