# Game 14.
Starting a new game with stefanp.
Ivan rolled 3, stefanp rolled 1
Ivan makes the first move.
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 5
   | O           X    |   |  X              O |
   | O           X    |   |  X              O |
   | O           X    |   |  X                |
   | O                |   |  X                |
   | O                |   |  X                |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   | X                |   |  O                |
   | X                |   |  O                |
   | X           O    |   |  O                |
   | X           O    |   |  O              X |
   | X           O    |   |  O              X |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 9
    12 11 10  9  8  7        6  5  4  3  2  1

   BAR: O-0 X-0   OFF: O-0 X-0   Cube: 1  Ivan rolled 1 3.

stefanp says: Ivan rolls 3-1. This match it getting boring very fast

Ivan moves 8-5 6-5 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 5
   | O           X    |   |  X              O |
   | O           X    |   |  X              O |
   | O           X    |   |  X                |
   | O                |   |  X                |
   | O                |   |  X                |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   | X                |   |                   |
   | X                |   |  O                |
   | X                |   |  O                |
   | X           O    |   |  O  O           X |
   | X           O    |   |  O  O           X |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 9
    12 11 10  9  8  7        6  5  4  3  2  1

   BAR: O-0 X-0   OFF: O-0 X-0   Cube: 1  turn: stefanp

stefanp rolls 2 and 5.

stefanp says: Two down from the midpoint. He will be looking for a gammon
here so I don't think I'll split

stefanp moves 12-17 12-14 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 5
   | O  X        X    |   |  X              O |
   | O           X    |   |  X              O |
   | O           X    |   |  X                |
   | O           X    |   |  X                |
   | O                |   |  X                |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |  O                |
   | X                |   |  O                |
   | X           O    |   |  O  O           X |
   | X           O    |   |  O  O           X |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 9
    12 11 10  9  8  7        6  5  4  3  2  1

   BAR: O-0 X-0   OFF: O-0 X-0   Cube: 1  turn: Ivan

Ivan says: What is the strategy at -2 -6? If he had split I'd be inclined
to blitz and attempt a gammon, with an easy drop if it goes wrong. He
wisely didn't split

stefanp says: I can double early in this game at this score, as he cant
use recubes

Ivan rolls 1 and 4.

Ivan says: I've got the advantage in any imminent prime vs prime, so I
build on that - concentrate on my side of the board and don't split the
backmen

stefanp says: 13-9 24-23 looks best for him

Ivan moves 13-9 6-5 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 5
   | O  X        X    |   |  X              O |
   | O           X    |   |  X              O |
   | O           X    |   |  X                |
   | O           X    |   |  X                |
   |                  |   |  X                |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
   | X                |   |  O  O             |
   | X           O    |   |  O  O           X |
   | X        O  O    |   |  O  O           X |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 9
    12 11 10  9  8  7        6  5  4  3  2  1

   BAR: O-0 X-0   OFF: O-0 X-0   Cube: 1  turn: stefanp

stefanp says: I need a complicated game here

stefanp rolls 2 and 6.

stefanp says: The hit is clear

stefanp moves 1-7 7-9 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 5
   | O  X        X    |   |  X              O |
   | O           X    |   |  X              O |
   | O           X    |   |  X                |
   | O           X    |   |  X                |
   |                  |   |  X                |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
   | X                |   |  O  O             |
   | X           O    |   |  O  O             |
   | X        X  O    | O |  O  O           X |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 9
    12 11 10  9  8  7        6  5  4  3  2  1

   BAR: O-1 X-0   OFF: O-0 X-0   Cube: 1  turn: Ivan

Ivan rolls 6 and 6.
Ivan can't move.

stefanp says: He dances - but I don't have enough to double now. If I had
one more innerboard point I would ship it over

stefanp rolls 3 and 6.

stefanp says: Making the 5 point (20pt) is clear

stefanp moves 14-20 17-20 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 5
   | O           X    |   |  X  X           O |
   | O           X    |   |  X  X           O |
   | O           X    |   |  X                |
   | O                |   |  X                |
   |                  |   |  X                |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
   | X                |   |  O  O             |
   | X           O    |   |  O  O             |
   | X        X  O    | O |  O  O           X |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 9
    12 11 10  9  8  7        6  5  4  3  2  1

   BAR: O-1 X-0   OFF: O-0 X-0   Cube: 1  turn: Ivan

Ivan rolls 3 and 4.

Ivan says: Hit (13-9*) or anchor? I don't think the anchor is automatic
here. I've got the 5pt plus ammo (including the 9pt man if I hit), plus
the 24pt anchor

Ivan says: I am giving him too much if I passively make an advanced anchor
(as I intuitively thought was best). There is an outside chance of
blitzing well here, too

stefanp says: The anchor is best for him at this score I think

Ivan moves bar-22 13-9 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 5
   | O           X    | X |  X  X     O     O |
   | O           X    |   |  X  X           O |
   | O           X    |   |  X                |
   |                  |   |  X                |
   |                  |   |  X                |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
   | X                |   |  O  O             |
   | X           O    |   |  O  O             |
   | X        O  O    |   |  O  O           X |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 9
    12 11 10  9  8  7        6  5  4  3  2  1

   BAR: O-0 X-1   OFF: O-0 X-0   Cube: 1  turn: stefanp

stefanp says: He hits - thats an OK move, though

Ivan says: We're speeding up our play now - fewer comments from me from
now on

stefanp rolls 1 and 1.

stefanp says: I like making 2pt here

stefanp moves bar-1 19-20 1-2 1-2 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 5
   | O           X    |   |  X  X     O     O |
   | O           X    |   |  X  X           O |
   | O           X    |   |  X  X             |
   |                  |   |  X                |
   |                  |   |                   |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
   | X                |   |  O  O             |
   | X           O    |   |  O  O        X    |
   | X        O  O    |   |  O  O        X    |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 9
    12 11 10  9  8  7        6  5  4  3  2  1

   BAR: O-0 X-0   OFF: O-0 X-0   Cube: 1  turn: Ivan

Ivan rolls 6 and 3.

Ivan says: Make 3pt or run to the midpoint? He has to break anchor to hit,
and my midpoint is looking a little stripped, so I run

stefanp says: Running with his back man looks best

Ivan moves 22-16 16-13 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 5
   | O           X    |   |  X  X           O |
   | O           X    |   |  X  X           O |
   | O           X    |   |  X  X             |
   | O                |   |  X                |
   |                  |   |                   |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
   | X                |   |  O  O             |
   | X           O    |   |  O  O        X    |
   | X        O  O    |   |  O  O        X    |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 9
    12 11 10  9  8  7        6  5  4  3  2  1

   BAR: O-0 X-0   OFF: O-0 X-0   Cube: 1  turn: stefanp

stefanp rolls 1 and 3.

stefanp says: 12-16 looks best; no point slotting the 4 point (21pt)

stefanp moves 12-15 15-16 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 5
   | O        X  X    |   |  X  X           O |
   | O           X    |   |  X  X           O |
   | O           X    |   |  X  X             |
   | O                |   |  X                |
   |                  |   |                   |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |  O  O             |
   | X           O    |   |  O  O        X    |
   | X        O  O    |   |  O  O        X    |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 9
    12 11 10  9  8  7        6  5  4  3  2  1

   BAR: O-0 X-0   OFF: O-0 X-0   Cube: 1  turn: Ivan

Ivan says: 12-15 19-20 is better as it gives him a good six to play

Ivan rolls 2 and 6.

Ivan says: Hit (24-16*) or make 3pt? Not even close. Or I could make the
7pt bar? No, my backmen are becoming trapped

Ivan moves 24-18 18-16 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 5
   | O        O  X    | X |  X  X           O |
   | O           X    |   |  X  X             |
   | O           X    |   |  X  X             |
   | O                |   |  X                |
   |                  |   |                   |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |  O  O             |
   | X           O    |   |  O  O        X    |
   | X        O  O    |   |  O  O        X    |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 9
    12 11 10  9  8  7        6  5  4  3  2  1

   BAR: O-0 X-1   OFF: O-0 X-0   Cube: 1  turn: stefanp

stefanp rolls 3 and 1.

stefanp moves bar-1 19-22 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 5
   | O        O  X    |   |  X  X     X     O |
   | O           X    |   |  X  X             |
   | O           X    |   |  X  X             |
   | O                |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |  O  O             |
   | X           O    |   |  O  O        X    |
   | X        O  O    |   |  O  O        X  X |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 9
    12 11 10  9  8  7        6  5  4  3  2  1

   BAR: O-0 X-0   OFF: O-0 X-0   Cube: 1  turn: Ivan

Ivan says: Not the advanced anchor (bar-3 2-3)? I'm happy to have another
hit

Ivan rolls 4 and 2.

Ivan says: Hit and cover 9pt seems pretty obvious

stefanp says: Here we go again!

Ivan moves 24-22 13-9 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 5
   | O        O  X    | X |  X  X     O       |
   | O           X    |   |  X  X             |
   | O           X    |   |  X  X             |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |  O  O             |
   | X        O  O    |   |  O  O        X    |
   | X        O  O    |   |  O  O        X  X |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 9
    12 11 10  9  8  7        6  5  4  3  2  1

   BAR: O-0 X-1   OFF: O-0 X-0   Cube: 1  turn: stefanp

stefanp rolls 6 and 5.
stefanp can't move.

Pipcounts: Ivan 144   stefanp 178

Ivan says: Bad luck. Now can I double here? (Some muttering about the dice
coming from the other side of the board; slightly puts me off.) I can
escape the 16pt man easily but am feeling too rushed to think further.
Let's double and get it over with

Ivan doubles.

stefanp says: Ivan doubles - great, a bit of action. I don't think he
should double here at this score

stefanp accepts the double.
Ivan rolls 2 and 1.

Ivan says: Simply safety the 16pt man; the 4pt can come later

stefanp says: Making 4pt is clear

Ivan moves 16-14 14-13 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 5
   | O           X    | X |  X  X     O       |
   | O           X    |   |  X  X             |
   | O           X    |   |  X  X             |
   | O                |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |  O  O             |
   | X        O  O    |   |  O  O        X    |
   | X        O  O    |   |  O  O        X  X |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 9
    12 11 10  9  8  7        6  5  4  3  2  1

   BAR: O-0 X-1   OFF: O-0 X-0   Cube: 2 (owned by stefanp)  turn: stefanp

stefanp says: Now I must redouble - a gammon for me can win the match. I
think he made a big mistake by doubling

stefanp doubles.

Ivan accepts the double.
stefanp rolls 4 and 1.

stefanp says: I don't have the timing for a 1-2 backgame, but what is the
alternative?

stefanp moves bar-1 17-21 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 5
   | O           X    |   |  X  X  X  O       |
   | O           X    |   |  X  X             |
   | O                |   |  X  X             |
   | O                |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |  O  O             |
   | X        O  O    |   |  O  O        X  X |
   | X        O  O    |   |  O  O        X  X |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 9
    12 11 10  9  8  7        6  5  4  3  2  1

   BAR: O-0 X-0   OFF: O-0 X-0   Cube: 4 (owned by Ivan)  turn: Ivan

Ivan rolls 5 and 6.

Ivan says: Obvious to run the back man

stefanp says: 22-11 is clear

Ivan moves 22-16 16-11 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 5
   | O           X    |   |  X  X  X          |
   | O           X    |   |  X  X             |
   | O                |   |  X  X             |
   | O                |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |  O  O             |
   | X        O  O    |   |  O  O        X  X |
   | X  O     O  O    |   |  O  O        X  X |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 9
    12 11 10  9  8  7        6  5  4  3  2  1

   BAR: O-0 X-0   OFF: O-0 X-0   Cube: 4 (owned by Ivan)  turn: stefanp

stefanp rolls 1 and 5.

stefanp says: I have a double shot at his bar point (7pt) so won't move
there yet. Make the next point in line in my board, I think

stefanp moves 17-22 20-21 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 5
   | O           X    |   |  X  X  X  X       |
   | O                |   |  X  X  X          |
   | O                |   |  X                |
   | O                |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |  O  O             |
   | X        O  O    |   |  O  O        X  X |
   | X  O     O  O    |   |  O  O        X  X |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 9
    12 11 10  9  8  7        6  5  4  3  2  1

   BAR: O-0 X-0   OFF: O-0 X-0   Cube: 4 (owned by Ivan)  turn: Ivan

Ivan rolls 6 and 3.

Ivan says: 9-3 6-3 leaves 6 shots; 11-5 13-10 leaves 4 shots. Play safe

stefanp says: Not too good for him. He would love to make his bar point;
now he has to leave another blot

Ivan moves 11-5 13-10 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 5
   | O           X    |   |  X  X  X  X       |
   | O                |   |  X  X  X          |
   | O                |   |  X                |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |     O             |
   |                  |   |  O  O             |
   | X        O  O    |   |  O  O        X  X |
   | X     O  O  O    |   |  O  O        X  X |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 9
    12 11 10  9  8  7        6  5  4  3  2  1

   BAR: O-0 X-0   OFF: O-0 X-0   Cube: 4 (owned by Ivan)  turn: stefanp

Ivan says: Whoops, both moves left six shots. I miscounted

stefanp rolls 1 and 4.

stefanp says: Make the 3 point (22pt) I think - same arguments as last
time

stefanp moves 17-21 21-22 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 5
   | O                |   |  X  X  X  X       |
   | O                |   |  X  X  X  X       |
   | O                |   |  X                |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |     O             |
   |                  |   |  O  O             |
   | X        O  O    |   |  O  O        X  X |
   | X     O  O  O    |   |  O  O        X  X |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 9
    12 11 10  9  8  7        6  5  4  3  2  1

   BAR: O-0 X-0   OFF: O-0 X-0   Cube: 4 (owned by Ivan)  turn: Ivan

Ivan rolls 4 and 2.

Ivan says: Play safe again (13-9 10-8). It leaves no shots, but I'll start
playing awkwardly soon

stefanp says: He still doesn't make the bar point. 13-9 10-8 is best

Ivan moves 13-9 10-8 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 5
   | O                |   |  X  X  X  X       |
   | O                |   |  X  X  X  X       |
   |                  |   |  X                |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |     O             |
   |          O  O    |   |  O  O             |
   | X        O  O    |   |  O  O        X  X |
   | X        O  O    |   |  O  O        X  X |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 9
    12 11 10  9  8  7        6  5  4  3  2  1

   BAR: O-0 X-0   OFF: O-0 X-0   Cube: 4 (owned by Ivan)  turn: stefanp

stefanp rolls 3 and 4.

stefanp says: I have to come off the midpoint - things are looking very
grim here but you never know with BG :-) I think I'll keep one man on the
midpoint to make things awkward for him - its no problem if it's hit

stefanp moves 12-15 19-23 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 5
   | O     X          |   |  X  X  X  X  X    |
   | O                |   |  X  X  X  X       |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |     O             |
   |          O  O    |   |  O  O             |
   |          O  O    |   |  O  O        X  X |
   | X        O  O    |   |  O  O        X  X |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 9
    12 11 10  9  8  7        6  5  4  3  2  1

   BAR: O-0 X-0   OFF: O-0 X-0   Cube: 4 (owned by Ivan)  turn: Ivan

Ivan rolls 1 and 5.

Ivan says: I don't like hitting (13-12*) - it gives him more time. Plus, I
need to make points, so I do just that

stefanp says: Hit or make 4pt? I think making 4pt is best, as I am about
to crunch

Ivan moves 9-4 5-4 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 5
   | O     X          |   |  X  X  X  X  X    |
   | O                |   |  X  X  X  X       |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |             O    |   |  O  O             |
   |          O  O    |   |  O  O  O     X  X |
   | X        O  O    |   |  O  O  O     X  X |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 9
    12 11 10  9  8  7        6  5  4  3  2  1

   BAR: O-0 X-0   OFF: O-0 X-0   Cube: 4 (owned by Ivan)  turn: stefanp

stefanp rolls 2 and 2.

stefanp says: Perfect - this increases my chances a lot. Keep the man on
the midpoint I think - if he hits, I can't play a six

stefanp moves 1-3 1-3 15-17 17-19 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 5
   | O                |   |  X  X  X  X  X    |
   | O                |   |  X  X  X  X       |
   |                  |   |  X                |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |             O    |   |  O  O             |
   |          O  O    |   |  O  O  O  X  X    |
   | X        O  O    |   |  O  O  O  X  X    |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 9
    12 11 10  9  8  7        6  5  4  3  2  1

   BAR: O-0 X-0   OFF: O-0 X-0   Cube: 4 (owned by Ivan)  turn: Ivan

Ivan rolls 3 and 6.

Ivan says: Have to leave a blot - make it just one blot though, so 13-4

stefanp says: I have a shot!!!

Ivan moves 13-7 7-4 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 5
   | O                |   |  X  X  X  X  X    |
   |                  |   |  X  X  X  X       |
   |                  |   |  X                |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |             O    |   |  O  O  O          |
   |          O  O    |   |  O  O  O  X  X    |
   | X        O  O    |   |  O  O  O  X  X    |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 9
    12 11 10  9  8  7        6  5  4  3  2  1

   BAR: O-0 X-0   OFF: O-0 X-0   Cube: 4 (owned by Ivan)  turn: stefanp

stefanp rolls 5 and 6.

stefanp says: Perfect - it would be nice for him to dance!

stefanp moves 2-7 7-13 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 5
   | X                |   |  X  X  X  X  X    |
   |                  |   |  X  X  X  X       |
   |                  |   |  X                |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |             O    |   |  O  O  O          |
   |          O  O    |   |  O  O  O  X       |
   | X        O  O    | O |  O  O  O  X  X    |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 9
    12 11 10  9  8  7        6  5  4  3  2  1

   BAR: O-1 X-0   OFF: O-0 X-0   Cube: 4 (owned by Ivan)  turn: Ivan

Ivan rolls 6 and 2.

Ivan says: Hitting twice is awful - I don't want two men behind his
improving four-prime, so I hit and jump out

stefanp says: His usual dice!

Ivan moves bar-23 23-17 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 5
   | X           O    | X |  X  X  X  X       |
   |                  |   |  X  X  X  X       |
   |                  |   |  X                |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |             O    |   |  O  O  O          |
   |          O  O    |   |  O  O  O  X       |
   | X        O  O    |   |  O  O  O  X  X    |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 9
    12 11 10  9  8  7        6  5  4  3  2  1

   BAR: O-0 X-1   OFF: O-0 X-0   Cube: 4 (owned by Ivan)  turn: stefanp

stefanp rolls 3 and 4.

stefanp says: Bringing the man out is forced. I hit again - it's clear

stefanp moves bar-3 13-17 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 5
   |             X    |   |  X  X  X  X       |
   |                  |   |  X  X  X  X       |
   |                  |   |  X                |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |             O    |   |  O  O  O  X       |
   |          O  O    |   |  O  O  O  X       |
   | X        O  O    | O |  O  O  O  X  X    |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 9
    12 11 10  9  8  7        6  5  4  3  2  1

   BAR: O-1 X-0   OFF: O-0 X-0   Cube: 4 (owned by Ivan)  turn: Ivan

Ivan rolls 6 and 5.
Ivan can't move.

stefanp says: He dances. Now I need some air for my backmen, please dice
gods!

stefanp rolls 5 and 5.

stefanp says: Things are looking up - can I get another of his men back? I
want to leave my men diversified to catch him if he enters and comes out
to my bar point

stefanp moves 2-7 7-12 12-17 17-22 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 5
   |             X    |   |  X  X  X  X       |
   |                  |   |  X  X  X  X       |
   |                  |   |  X        X       |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |             O    |   |  O  O  O  X       |
   |          O  O    |   |  O  O  O  X       |
   | X        O  O    | O |  O  O  O  X       |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 9
    12 11 10  9  8  7        6  5  4  3  2  1

   BAR: O-1 X-0   OFF: O-0 X-0   Cube: 4 (owned by Ivan)  turn: Ivan

Ivan rolls 1 and 1.

Ivan says: bar-23 gives him the other shot from 17pt, but also gives me
another running number (five). I'm in very serious danger here: of
crunching, blotting, even being gammoned

stefanp says: Now I have chances to blitz him, but I still need air for my
backmen

Ivan moves bar-24 24-23 8-7 7-6 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 5
   |             X    |   |  X  X  X  X  O    |
   |                  |   |  X  X  X  X       |
   |                  |   |  X        X       |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |  O                |
   |                  |   |  O  O  O  X       |
   |          O  O    |   |  O  O  O  X       |
   | X        O  O    |   |  O  O  O  X       |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 9
    12 11 10  9  8  7        6  5  4  3  2  1

   BAR: O-0 X-0   OFF: O-0 X-0   Cube: 4 (owned by Ivan)  turn: stefanp

Pipcounts: Ivan 108   stefanp 132

stefanp rolls 4 and 4.

stefanp says: Excellent! The hit on the 2 point (23pt) is a must I think

stefanp moves 3-7 3-7 3-7 19-23 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 5
   |             X    |   |  X  X  X  X  X    |
   |                  |   |  X  X  X  X       |
   |                  |   |           X       |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |  O                |
   |                X |   |  O  O  O          |
   |          O  O  X |   |  O  O  O          |
   | X        O  O  X | O |  O  O  O          |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 9
    12 11 10  9  8  7        6  5  4  3  2  1

   BAR: O-1 X-0   OFF: O-0 X-0   Cube: 4 (owned by Ivan)  turn: Ivan

Ivan says: Intuitively I would've played 19-23* 12-20 3-7

Ivan rolls 3 and 6.
Ivan can't move.

stefanp says: Phew - he dances!

stefanp rolls 1 and 1.

stefanp says: Oh well, I need to get my backmen out or crunch. I have to
go for it. I need the bar point to wrap it up - I have to risk him rolling
61

stefanp moves 22-23 17-18 12-13 13-14 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 5
   |    X           X |   |  X  X  X  X  X    |
   |                  |   |  X  X  X  X  X    |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |  O                |
   |                X |   |  O  O  O          |
   |          O  O  X |   |  O  O  O          |
   |          O  O  X | O |  O  O  O          |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 9
    12 11 10  9  8  7        6  5  4  3  2  1

   BAR: O-1 X-0   OFF: O-0 X-0   Cube: 4 (owned by Ivan)  turn: Ivan

Ivan rolls 1 and 4.

stefanp says: He enters - and must leave an innerboard blot

Ivan moves bar-24 6-2 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 5
   |    X           X |   |  X  X  X  X  X  O |
   |                  |   |  X  X  X  X  X    |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                X |   |  O  O  O          |
   |          O  O  X |   |  O  O  O          |
   |          O  O  X |   |  O  O  O     O    |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 9
    12 11 10  9  8  7        6  5  4  3  2  1

   BAR: O-0 X-0   OFF: O-0 X-0   Cube: 4 (owned by Ivan)  turn: stefanp

stefanp rolls 2 and 6.

stefanp says: I am even in the race if I don't hit - I have no numbers to
cover if I do hit. Hmmmm, another difficult choice. Let's try 18-20 7-13 -
if he hits me, I'll have a shot at his blot and I have the outerboard
covered. Jelly?

stefanp moves 18-20 7-13 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 5
   | X  X             |   |  X  X  X  X  X  O |
   |                  |   |  X  X  X  X  X    |
   |                  |   |     X             |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |  O  O  O          |
   |          O  O  X |   |  O  O  O          |
   |          O  O  X |   |  O  O  O     O    |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 9
    12 11 10  9  8  7        6  5  4  3  2  1

   BAR: O-0 X-0   OFF: O-0 X-0   Cube: 4 (owned by Ivan)  turn: Ivan

Ivan rolls 4 and 2.

Ivan says: The clear danger is him hitting loose and picking up a second
man for a gammon, so that is my main concern here

stefanp says: Phew again. He must make an innerboard point. Will he leave
another blot? He should not

Ivan moves 6-2 4-2 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 5
   | X  X             |   |  X  X  X  X  X  O |
   |                  |   |  X  X  X  X  X    |
   |                  |   |     X             |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |     O        O    |
   |          O  O  X |   |  O  O  O     O    |
   |          O  O  X |   |  O  O  O     O    |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 9
    12 11 10  9  8  7        6  5  4  3  2  1

   BAR: O-0 X-0   OFF: O-0 X-0   Cube: 4 (owned by Ivan)  turn: stefanp

stefanp rolls 5 and 3.

stefanp says: 14-22 gives me more numbers to hit him and hangs back on the
midpoint in case he escapes. I'll just have to risk it again

stefanp moves 14-19 19-22 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 5
   | X                |   |  X  X  X  X  X  O |
   |                  |   |  X  X  X  X  X    |
   |                  |   |     X     X       |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |     O        O    |
   |          O  O  X |   |  O  O  O     O    |
   |          O  O  X |   |  O  O  O     O    |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 9
    12 11 10  9  8  7        6  5  4  3  2  1

   BAR: O-0 X-0   OFF: O-0 X-0   Cube: 4 (owned by Ivan)  turn: Ivan

Ivan rolls 1 and 4.

Ivan says: 5-1 2-1 is as safe as 9-5 9-8, plus it makes a point and stops
his twos

stefanp says: He fails to escape again. I must hit soon

Ivan moves 5-1 2-1 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 5
   | X                |   |  X  X  X  X  X  O |
   |                  |   |  X  X  X  X  X    |
   |                  |   |     X     X       |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |          O  O  X |   |  O  O  O     O  O |
   |          O  O  X |   |  O  O  O     O  O |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 9
    12 11 10  9  8  7        6  5  4  3  2  1

   BAR: O-0 X-0   OFF: O-0 X-0   Cube: 4 (owned by Ivan)  turn: stefanp

stefanp rolls 3 and 1.

stefanp says: I must hit now, as there is no other good play with the 31
that covers the outerboard

stefanp moves 21-24 20-21 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 5
   | X                |   |  X  X  X  X  X  X |
   |                  |   |  X  X  X  X  X    |
   |                  |   |           X       |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |          O  O  X |   |  O  O  O     O  O |
   |          O  O  X | O |  O  O  O     O  O |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 9
    12 11 10  9  8  7        6  5  4  3  2  1

   BAR: O-1 X-0   OFF: O-0 X-0   Cube: 4 (owned by Ivan)  turn: Ivan

Ivan rolls 6 and 6.
Ivan can't move.

stefanp rolls 4 and 2.

stefanp says: Make the board and bring them around

stefanp moves 22-24 7-11 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 5
   | X                |   |  X  X  X  X  X  X |
   |                  |   |  X  X  X  X  X  X |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |          O  O    |   |  O  O  O     O  O |
   |    X     O  O  X | O |  O  O  O     O  O |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 9
    12 11 10  9  8  7        6  5  4  3  2  1

   BAR: O-1 X-0   OFF: O-0 X-0   Cube: 4 (owned by Ivan)  turn: Ivan

Ivan rolls 2 and 1.
Ivan can't move.

stefanp rolls 5 and 1.

stefanp moves 7-12 12-13 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 5
   | X                |   |  X  X  X  X  X  X |
   | X                |   |  X  X  X  X  X  X |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |          O  O    |   |  O  O  O     O  O |
   |    X     O  O    | O |  O  O  O     O  O |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 9
    12 11 10  9  8  7        6  5  4  3  2  1

   BAR: O-1 X-0   OFF: O-0 X-0   Cube: 4 (owned by Ivan)  turn: Ivan

Ivan rolls 3 and 4.
Ivan can't move.

stefanp rolls 6 and 6.
The only possible move is 11-17 13-19 13-19 17-23 .
stefanp moves 11-17 13-19 13-19 17-23 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 5
   |                  |   |  X  X  X  X  X  X |
   |                  |   |  X  X  X  X  X  X |
   |                  |   |  X           X    |
   |                  |   |  X                |
   |                  |   |                   |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |          O  O    |   |  O  O  O     O  O |
   |          O  O    | O |  O  O  O     O  O |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 9
    12 11 10  9  8  7        6  5  4  3  2  1

   BAR: O-1 X-0   OFF: O-0 X-0   Cube: 4 (owned by Ivan)  turn: Ivan

Ivan rolls 4 and 2.
Ivan can't move.

stefanp rolls 6 and 3.

stefanp says: Play safe always here - not much chance of a gammon unless I
get lucky

Ivan says: I give him about 30% gammons here, maybe more

stefanp moves 19-off 19-22 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 5
   |                  |   |  X  X  X  X  X  X |
   |                  |   |  X  X  X  X  X  X |
   |                  |   |           X  X    |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |          O  O    |   |  O  O  O     O  O |
   |          O  O    | O |  O  O  O     O  O |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 9
    12 11 10  9  8  7        6  5  4  3  2  1

   BAR: O-1 X-0   OFF: O-0 X-1   Cube: 4 (owned by Ivan)  turn: Ivan

Ivan rolls 5 and 3.
Ivan can't move.

stefanp rolls 5 and 3.

stefanp moves 19-24 19-22 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 5
   |                  |   |     X  X  X  X  X |
   |                  |   |     X  X  X  X  X |
   |                  |   |           X  X  X |
   |                  |   |           X       |
   |                  |   |                   |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |          O  O    |   |  O  O  O     O  O |
   |          O  O    | O |  O  O  O     O  O |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 9
    12 11 10  9  8  7        6  5  4  3  2  1

   BAR: O-1 X-0   OFF: O-0 X-1   Cube: 4 (owned by Ivan)  turn: Ivan

Ivan rolls 1 and 4.
Ivan can't move.

stefanp rolls 3 and 5.

stefanp moves 20-off 20-23 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 5
   |                  |   |        X  X  X  X |
   |                  |   |        X  X  X  X |
   |                  |   |           X  X  X |
   |                  |   |           X  X    |
   |                  |   |                   |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |          O  O    |   |  O  O  O     O  O |
   |          O  O    | O |  O  O  O     O  O |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 9
    12 11 10  9  8  7        6  5  4  3  2  1

   BAR: O-1 X-0   OFF: O-0 X-2   Cube: 4 (owned by Ivan)  turn: Ivan

Ivan rolls 2 and 2.
Ivan can't move.

stefanp rolls 4 and 5.
The only possible move is 21-off 21-off .
stefanp moves 21-off 21-off .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 5
   |                  |   |           X  X  X |
   |                  |   |           X  X  X |
   |                  |   |           X  X  X |
   |                  |   |           X  X    |
   |                  |   |                   |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |          O  O    |   |  O  O  O     O  O |
   |          O  O    | O |  O  O  O     O  O |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 9
    12 11 10  9  8  7        6  5  4  3  2  1

   BAR: O-1 X-0   OFF: O-0 X-4   Cube: 4 (owned by Ivan)  turn: Ivan

Ivan rolls 4 and 4.

Ivan moves bar-21 21-17 9-5 9-5 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 5
   |             O    |   |           X  X  X |
   |                  |   |           X  X  X |
   |                  |   |           X  X  X |
   |                  |   |           X  X    |
   |                  |   |                   |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |     O             |
   |                  |   |     O             |
   |             O    |   |  O  O  O     O  O |
   |             O    |   |  O  O  O     O  O |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 9
    12 11 10  9  8  7        6  5  4  3  2  1

   BAR: O-0 X-0   OFF: O-0 X-4   Cube: 4 (owned by Ivan)  turn: stefanp

stefanp says: Ivan's 44 probably saves the gammon

stefanp rolls 3 and 5.
The only possible move is 22-off 22-off .
stefanp moves 22-off 22-off .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 5
   |             O    |   |           X  X  X |
   |                  |   |           X  X  X |
   |                  |   |              X  X |
   |                  |   |              X    |
   |                  |   |                   |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |     O             |
   |                  |   |     O             |
   |             O    |   |  O  O  O     O  O |
   |             O    |   |  O  O  O     O  O |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 9
    12 11 10  9  8  7        6  5  4  3  2  1

   BAR: O-0 X-0   OFF: O-0 X-6   Cube: 4 (owned by Ivan)  turn: Ivan

Ivan rolls 3 and 3.

Ivan moves 17-14 14-11 8-5 8-5 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 5
   |                  |   |           X  X  X |
   |                  |   |           X  X  X |
   |                  |   |              X  X |
   |                  |   |              X    |
   |                  |   |                   |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |     6             |
   |                  |   |     O             |
   |                  |   |     O             |
   |                  |   |  O  O  O     O  O |
   |    O             |   |  O  O  O     O  O |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 9
    12 11 10  9  8  7        6  5  4  3  2  1

   BAR: O-0 X-0   OFF: O-0 X-6   Cube: 4 (owned by Ivan)  turn: stefanp

stefanp rolls 3 and 3.
The only possible move is 22-off 22-off 23-off 23-off .
stefanp moves 22-off 22-off 23-off 23-off .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 5
   |                  |   |              X  X |
   |                  |   |              X  X |
   |                  |   |                 X |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |     6             |
   |                  |   |     O             |
   |                  |   |     O             |
   |                  |   |  O  O  O     O  O |
   |    O             |   |  O  O  O     O  O |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 9
    12 11 10  9  8  7        6  5  4  3  2  1

   BAR: O-0 X-0   OFF: O-0 X-10   Cube: 4 (owned by Ivan)  turn: Ivan

Ivan rolls 1 and 6.

Ivan wants to resign. stefanp will win 4 points.

stefanp accepts and wins 4 points.
score in 11 point match: stefanp-9 Ivan-9