Continuing from last week …
Blue moves “hi” revealing the Seven of Diamonds.
Purple moves “bg” exposing the Seven of Clubs. He is pleased to see another in-suit build and there are still four turnovers.
Yellow makes the next trivial decision: “fb”, the only in-suit build – and exposing the King of Clubs. Dark Green lets out an audible sigh.
The Cool Mates are off to a good start with the first three moves being in-suit builds, but now we are faced with a non-trivial decision. The King of Clubs was perhaps not the greatest, but at least none of the Three Stooges have perpetrated any Fajor Muck-ups. Let’s see what suggestions the players have to offer:
Red: 65 of Spades onto the Seven.
Dark Blue: I see nothing wrong with that. In the early stages of the game, the obvious move is often the best move.
Pink: I like “ia”, hoping to clear out column 9.
Dark Green: “ca” is also possible.
Blue: DARK GREEN IS SUS! Column 3 has five face-down cards but Column 9 has only four. We all know the importance of getting empty columns early.
Brown: DARK GREEN IS NOT SUS. My chess tutor once said it is important to identify all candidate moves before evaluating any of them. Full credit to Dark Green for suggesting a move that nobody else had mentioned so far.
White: We can also move the Five of Diamonds onto the 7-6 of Clubs.
Yellow: Or “db”. The notation is pretty handy for anyone who knows the first ten letters of the alphabet or better 😊
Purple: Yes, “db” is reasonable. Even if the next card is an Eight we don’t lose a turnover because we still have a spare Seven in Column 8.
Orange: That’s a good point. Whereas if we shifted either Deuce onto the Three, we would lose a turn-over if the next card is a Four of any suit.
Green: I vote Red’s option of “hg”. Using the same logic, we don’t lose a turnover (unless we get two Eights). That also starts digging in a column with only four face-down cards.
Black: You mean “gh”. In any case, we need some good cards soon. Only an A,3,4,8,T,Q will give us at least one extra turnover. Slightly under 50% I think, but the math is left as an exercise for Purple 😊
Over to you. What move would you recommend here?