Current decision number = 12
Round 0, initial position:
Stock = 50
Checksum: 6+6+6+6+5+5+5+5+5+5+50 = 104
Blue: I vote “fe”, building in-suit and turning over in a column with only four face-down cards.
Green: I like “dj”, also building in-suit and we have two Tens. Better to keep flexible and don’t commit all our efforts to a single column.
Red: I lean towards “fe” because we also have two Nines cancelling the effect of two Tens. But if someone flipped a coin and chose dj I wouldn’t say “coin is sus”.
Actual play (decision 1, 30 Sep): fe → 8 of Clubs (readers tie 1-1, blobs vote 2-1 in favour of fe)
Note: I had to rot13(haqb) a few moves because my readers requested a screen dump after every move.
Red: I’m tempted to dig further with “fa” but it’s better to build in-suit with “dj”
Green: Just take “dj”. With two aces exposed I’m not liking our chances of clearing column 6 any time soon
Blue: Remove one face-down card from column 6 and I might be swayed towards digging – “dj” it is.
Actual play (decision 2, 1 Oct): fa → 6 of Diamonds (readers vote 2-0 against Kolorfull Kibitzers)
Red: I vote “dj”. The alternative is gh but now the difference is 5 face-down cards versus 4 instead of 5 vs 3 in the previous move. May as well take the in-suit build.
Green: I agree with Red. Our prospects are good with three turnovers and odds-on to get at least one more.
Blue: I prefer “gh”. Even though it’s off-suit, KQ is still the best possible off-suit build because there is no rank higher than a King. In other words we never lose a turnover regardless of our next card.
Actual play (decision 3, 4 Oct): dj → 3 of Clubs (readers vote 2-0, Kolorfull Kibitzers vote 2-1)
Blue: “gh” is clearly best. The real question is whether we play the supermove “ac” or “ed” next unless something special happens with the next card
Red: “gh” it is. If the next card is A, 6, 8, T or Q of any suit then play “ac” next, since “ed” costs a turnover if we expose a Four.
Green: Play “gh”. Hopefully the next card is any Jack or any in-suit build (except Eight of Diamonds) giving us an easy decision.
Actual play (decision 4): gh → J of Hearts (Well done to SA who nearly guessed correctly with the J of diamonds!)
Actual Play (decision 5): gh → T of Hearts (trivial)
Actual Play (decision 6): gh → 5 of Spades (trivial)
Green: Just play “gf”. Even if we don’t get the empty column, having the last card in column 7 face-up is much better than having it face-down.
Red: I like “gf”. Any Seven doesn’t cost us a turnover because we already get the empty column!
Blue: I like the supermove “ah” since there are two Tens vs one Nine. If we can get an empty column then “ah” only delays our dopamine rush. The advantage is clear if column 1 reveals a Seven of any suit.
Actual play (decision 7): ah → 2 of Clubs (readers vote 2-0)
Blue: Another friendly card. Just build in-suit with “ad”.
Green: We may lose the empty column if the last card in Column 7 is a Two, but the chances are small. I also like “ad”.
Red: If we knew e.g. the next card in Column 10 was the Jack of Spades then there would be more incentive to chase the empty column. But here we must make the simple play of “ad”.
Actual play (decision 8): ad → 6 of Spades (unaminous)
Actual play (decision 9): ga → Q of Diamonds (trivial)
Actual play (decision 10): id → 3 of Spades (trivial)
Actual play (decision 11): ei → Q of Hearts
Blue: Deal a new row of cards.
Green: Not so fast. We have a supermove “he” to consider before dealing a new row. It increases our in-suit builds by 1. But I’d rather keep the junk pile in column 8 and deal.
Red: Come to think of it, I prefer “he”. Even if a King turns up in the next round, we have fair chances of good things happening in columns 2 or 7.
Actual play (decision 12): Deal cards (readers vote 2-0)
NOTE: This will be the final decision of round 0. Round 1 will see a fresh blog post in the same format as Round 0. If you have suggestions for improving this format, please let me know in the comments.
And that completes round 0. Now let us finish things off with a bad pun 😊