Summary of round 4 can be found here
Initial Position: 8c 4d 9h/7h 6h 5h 4h 3h 2h Ah 7h 0h/xxxx 8h Kc 8h 7c Ac/0d 9s/6s 5s 4s Qs Jc/xxx 6d Ks Jc 0c 9c 8c 7c 6c 5c 4c 3c 2c 9d/xxxx 3h 2c Ac Js 0s 9h 8s 4h Kh/xxx Kh Qh Jh 0s 9s 8s 6s 5h 4c 3s 2d As Ah 3c /xxx Ks Qh Jd 0c 9c 8d 7d Kc/5s 4s 3s 2s As 2s
Checksum: (3 + 9 + 9 + 2 + 5 + 16 + 13 + 17 + 11 + 6) + 0*10 + 1*13 = 104
Monkey Recommends: db,jh,fd,de,cf,ca,id,ie,fi, (concede)
Actual play (date = 4/Feb, score = 459): db,fd,fe,df,eg,cg,ec, hc,hd,hj,he,de,c1=h1,eh,cf,g2=h2,f3=h5,f2=g2,gi,fa,fe,bf,hd,bh,dh,cd,bc,cf → 0h
Spider GM comments: I’m suddenly worried Monkey has forgotten everything I stood for and smoked something good last night. I recommend you take your time on this one.
Monkey Recommends: h4=f6,jf,cb
Actual play (date = 6/Feb, score = 406): a7=f7, ie, h8=i2, e7=i5, ac, ab, ah, e5=f7, e5=f3, ih, h10=i3, ha(3 cards), ce, ch → 5d
Spider GM comments: Bart has already deduced that any Ten gives us the option of ac,ab,ae to trade a space in column 2 for a space in column 1 – but this was beyond the Monkey’s horizon. The real question is what happens after that?
Monkey Recommends: eh (that’s the TLDR version, actual play was hg,gh,eh)
Actual play (date = 8/Feb, score = 260): eh→ 6c
Spider GM comments: Bart has carefully avoided removing the Hearts which is good technique – you never know when the extra flexibility comes in useful. But it’s hard to see any improvement on the Captain Obvious option (since Bart has already tidied everything up as much as possible). I’m calling trivial.
Monkey Recommends: bc, ih, je, ji, id, cb
Actual play (date = 10/Feb, score = 360): bc, id, eb, he → Kd
Spider GM comments: Hopefully this endgame is better than the ones I get in the higher levels of Toy Blast.
Monkey Recommends: jb,de,jd,ij,bi,cb
Actual play (date = 11/Feb, score = 354): ce → Qc
Spider GM comments: To speed up the endgame you might wanna consider enumerating all possible face-down cards and continuations (only 13 cards and most are trivial)
Monkey Recommends: jb, ch
Actual play (date = 11/Feb, score = 360): dc,dh,cd → 7s
Spider GM comments: Bart has already “pre-moved”, borrowing a term from speed chess players.
With two very good cards turned in column 3, this game is pretty much in the bag. Before proceeding with the usual routine let’s ask some quick questions:
- Do you think this game is mathematically won with best play regardless of the permutation of unseen cards? (it’s okay to answer “not sure”).
- If you think this game has no further interest, are you happy to claim a moral victory (having come this far!) and let Ninja Monkey play out the remaining moves?
Bart is happy to let Monkey play the remainder of the game. The moves are omitted and I leave it as an exercise for the reader to verify the following diagrams are indeed legal.
Spider GM comments: A very exciting game that could have gone either way until (nearly) the end. Stay tuned for some good ol’ post mortem analysis!
For those who are asking: “what happens if the next card in column 7 was Ace of Diamonds instead of the Queen?” Yes, I hear you.
Finally Monkey releases the all-important Six of Diamonds and the rest really is a formality.