Continuing the game from last week, this is our state of affairs and I simply asked my students how to continue without giving any specific goals in mind.
Thankfully the Happy Stars of Bethlehem have guided Schistocerca Americana to the road of redemption and he is no longer making fundamental errors such as dealing the same row of cards twice. SA has correctly deduced it is possible to clear a suit of Diamonds. This is not necessarily the best plan, but it is sufficient for purposes of this blog post.
Before we go any further, a few general considerations are in order. We have one empty column, one suit removed and undo privileges, yet winning is not trivial. This suggests the deal is harder than average (perhaps significantly so). Glancing at the cheat sheet suggests a number of problems:
- There are five Nines in the last two rows of the stock. Therefore, we will always have a shortage of Nines, no matter how well we play the opening and middlegame.
- There are four Threes in column 8. This means if we don’t clear column 8 soon we will have difficulties with Deuces.
- There are many Fours buried under Kings in columns 4 and 9, so this may cause a problem with Threes later on.
I won’t discuss solutions to these problems yet. The purpose of this week’s post is to get the student thinking about potential problems in the future. Anyways, let’s execute SA’s plan (the detailed move sequence is omitted – it can easily be found in SA’s comments to last week’s post).
Here is the resulting position, one move before the Diamond suit is cleared.
How would you continue here?