Summary of round 2 can be found here
Checksum: (11 + 2 + 14 + 7 + 5 + 10 + 10 + 14 + 5 + 6) + 2*10 + 0*13 = 104
Monkey Recommends: ic,ac,je,jh
Actual play (date = 19/Jan, score = 459): ed,ef,df,jf,jb → Qh
Spider GM comments: Monkey reasons that even if we refuse the empty column there is still a turnover in column 4 – and hence the same minimum guaranteed turnovers (it’s either one or the other since there is only one Seven and two Sixes).
Monkey Recommends: ic,ac,ce,ji
Actual play (date = 21/Jan, score = 452): ic,ji → 4d
Spider GM comments: A few more good cards and the Dow Jones Happy Star Index could reach stratospheric heights before we know it. Game on!
Monkey Recommends: ae, hd, gh, cg, bj, gc, jf
Actual play (date = 23/Jan, score = 450): bj,jf →7d
Spider GM comments: Not sure if this decision counts as trivial – there are a lot of options to consider. We also need to think about our overall game plan, and let’s not forget to Mind That Stupid Gap in column 8 😊
Monkey Recommends: ac,de,dh
Actual play (date = 25/Jan, score = 448): hd,gh,ac,ai,gi,ce,ci,ei,cg,ig,ai,g1=i1,ca,fc,fe,af,ca,ec,aj → 5h
Spider GM comments: Our card distribution is rapidly improving but the RNG favouring Bart’s choice three times in a row leads to a new problem: the Nasdaq 100 Rigged Index currently stands at 13 since three or more Barts in three trials occurred in exactly 13 trials out of 100.
Monkey Recommends: be,ec,ge,fc,ca ,ji,fe,eg,aj,fe, jg,if,fe,jc,aj
Actual play (date = 27/Jan, score = 423): jg,f5=g5, bc, fb, he, h3=j, ah → 4h
Spider GM comments: IM Bug hasn’t suggested anything, so the Nasdaq 100 Rigged Index remains unchanged.
Monkey Recommends: jd,dj,gc,jd,cg,gc,dj,cg,ah
Actual play (date = 29/Jan, score = 414): ah (trivial)→ 0d
Spider GM comments: IM Bart made an interesting play, sacrificing in-suit builds for the greater good (e.g. not polluting potential empty columns). He also proposed to turnover column 4 if the turnover was useless but fortunately, we have a good card.
Monkey Recommends: jd,gc,cg,ba,dj,ab,ba,jd,gc,ab,ba,ed,cg,he,jh,ab,ij,ai
Actual play (date = 29/Jan, score = 413): ej,(cehceh),(feifei),(jejheh),de,dc→ As
Spider GM comments: At least Monkey remembered to tidy up the in-suit builds, thereby justifying Bart’s earlier judgment.
Monkey Recommends: dh,hb,ba,he,ab,gh,ad
Actual play (date = 30/Jan, score = 401): dh, (g7=i1), ad → Ad
Spider GM comments: Any Ace is a good card. We have plenty of Twos and exposing an Ace now means less risk of exposing several Aces when dealing a new row.
Monkey Recommends: hb,bi,ib,bi,ah
Actual play (date = 30/Jan, score = 401): ab (Trivial) → 8c
Spider GM comments: And some Aces are better than others! Monkey reasons that our Diamond suit isn’t running away any time soon. That’s technically correct but I’ll let you judge this for yourself 😊
Monkey Recommends: ia,ei,ha,hj,gd,de,dg,cg,bj,gd + jb,bj,jb,dg,gd,bj,jb,bj,bh,dg + jh,hj,jh,hj,hb,bh,gd,dg,gd,jh
Actual play (date = 31/Jan, score = 490): c7=b0, deal
Spider GM comments: Nup, I don’t see any turnovers either ☹
Bart has made a very interesting decision, breaking an in-suit build in order to maximise the chances of winning back the empty column. Not a play I would have considered, but I can’t say it’s terrible. I guess it’s easier to judge the correctness of Bart’s decision after the game is completed 😊
Round 3 summary and Round 4 coming soon to a place near you.