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

   BAR: O-0 X-0   OFF: O-0 X-0   Cube: 1  stefanp rolled 3 4.

stefanp says: I like developing on both sides of the board and like 1-
4 12-16 best [Ed: Stefan originally said 24-20 13-9 there]

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

Ivan says: Hit/slot, fight for the useful points. I don't like hitting
for its own sake (for example just for tempo, as in the Jelly-like
double hit after a first-move split), but here it's constructive

stefanp says: 13-8 6-4 is usually the expert play here to stop me
making an advanced anchor - the game is early and he won't be too bad
if I hit back

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

stefanp says: The hit is clear

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

Ivan says: I hate the bar-24 stack, but I must hit. Game hasn't
started yet and I've got three back - theme is clear.

stefanp says: Three on the one point is fatal! bar-21 2-1 is probably
best - making things awkward for me [Ed: does "2-1" mean 24-23?]

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

Ivan says: I think stefan disagrees - can hear him typing furiously ;-
)

stefanp says: I think his play is very wrong - if I hit here he could
have big problems unless he gets the men running from my ace point

stefanp rolls 3 and 6.

stefanp says: bar-22 22-16 with the six, duplicating his fours

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

Ivan says: Unstacking the 24pt is big priority. Ludicrous to "aim" for
a backgame at this stage, so make 4pt. Backgames are overrated anyway
- who was it who said "once a learning player discovers backgames, all
they want to do is play them, even in inappropriate situations"? Is a
true statement, anyway

stefanp says: One of his worst throws - 6-4 2-1 is best here [Ed: does
"2-1" mean 24-32?]

Ivan moves 24-23 6-4 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 4
   | O        X  X    |   |  X           O  O |
   | O           X    |   |  X              O |
   | O           X    |   |  X                |
   | O                |   |  X                |
   |                  |   |  X                |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |                   |
   | X                |   |                   |
   | X           O    |   |  O                |
   | X           O    |   |  O     O          |
   | X        X  O    |   |  O     O     X    |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 3
    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: Hmm, make my 9 point (16pt) or his 9 point (9pt)? I like
his 9pt as it stops him attacking my back man - he would want to make
a bold play like hitting loose on the 2pt here

stefanp moves 2-7 7-9 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 4
   | O        X  X    |   |  X           O  O |
   | O           X    |   |  X              O |
   | O           X    |   |  X                |
   | O                |   |  X                |
   |                  |   |  X                |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |                   |
   | X                |   |                   |
   | X           O    |   |  O                |
   | X        X  O    |   |  O     O          |
   | X        X  O    |   |  O     O          |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 3
    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: He's well placed for that holding game - lots of play from
the mid and building points, plus I'm two men down on the 4pt to play
really freely

Ivan rolls 6 and 1.

Ivan says: Making bar is awful - I would move out from the 23pt
regardless of if it hit or not

stefanp says: The hit is clearly better than making his bar point

Ivan moves 23-22 22-16 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 4
   | O        O  X    | X |  X              O |
   | O           X    |   |  X              O |
   | O           X    |   |  X                |
   | O                |   |  X                |
   |                  |   |  X                |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |                   |
   | X                |   |                   |
   | X           O    |   |  O                |
   | X        X  O    |   |  O     O          |
   | X        X  O    |   |  O     O          |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 3
    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 1 and 4.

stefanp says: Hitting is clear again

stefanp moves bar-1 12-16 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 4
   | O        X  X    |   |  X              O |
   | O           X    |   |  X              O |
   | O           X    |   |  X                |
   | O                |   |  X                |
   |                  |   |  X                |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
   | X           O    |   |  O                |
   | X        X  O    |   |  O     O          |
   | X        X  O    | O |  O     O        X |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 3
    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 says: This is developing into an interesting game

Pipcounts: stefanp 158   Ivan 175

Ivan rolls 2 and 2.

Ivan says: First instinct is to make 11pt. I don't think that's right.
Leaves me stripped, does nothing to hold him, makes my plays awkward

Ivan says: Anchoring on 22pt is weak. He can play from the midpoint
(to make 16pt) as he likes, due to his owning the 9pt.

Ivan says: Blotting three times in his board is simply not on

Ivan says: Starting the 2pt is useless. A compromise - advance my
anchor and create bait, plus create a builder of course

stefanp says: Making an advanced anchor is good for Ivan - he had to
do something with his back men - but what about bar-23 24-22 13/11(2)?
I don't know which is best here

Ivan moves bar-23 24-22 24-22 13-11 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 4
   | O        X  X    |   |  X        O  O    |
   | O           X    |   |  X        O       |
   | O           X    |   |  X                |
   |                  |   |  X                |
   |                  |   |  X                |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
   | X           O    |   |  O                |
   | X        X  O    |   |  O     O          |
   | X  O     X  O    |   |  O     O        X |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 3
    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 5 and 3.

stefanp says: Not a good roll for me - play safe and UGLY or clear the
9pt? I'm ahead in the race - let's play safe - but leave some
flexibility

Ivan says: He shouldn't play to the ace point - I have lots of free
play which will last two rolls at least. Moving both off the 9pt makes
me block in his back man with loose blots if necessary, plus it gives
me the hit with 6, which I'm reluctant to take

stefanp moves 16-21 21-24 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 4
   | O           X    |   |  X        O  O  X |
   | O           X    |   |  X        O       |
   | O           X    |   |  X                |
   |                  |   |  X                |
   |                  |   |  X                |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
   | X           O    |   |  O                |
   | X        X  O    |   |  O     O          |
   | X  O     X  O    |   |  O     O        X |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 3
    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

Pipcounts: stefanp 150   Ivan 167

Ivan says: Now making the 11pt is attractive, especially if I can move
my back blot out. His play is becoming forced. Lots of potential for
me over the next couple of rolls, barring miracle rolls from him

Ivan rolls 1 and 1.

Ivan says: Choices. Make 5pt - his plays are becoming forced, which
tends to me hitting, therefore making 5pt is good

Ivan says: Make my bar - stops him running with six, but he runs with
five anyway, and it does nothing to make my position more intimidating

Ivan says: Advance my anchor to 20pt - not constructive enough, does
nothing for me

Ivan says: Advance my anchor to 21pt and make the bar - not enough of
an advancement to make a big difference but making the bar is good. It
also doesn't take all his useful twos away

stefanp says: He can't safety his man on the 11pt! Making 5pt looks
best

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

stefanp says: I knew I had to cover the man on my one point - what
better way to do it!

stefanp moves 19-23 23-24 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 4
   | O           X    |   |  X        O     X |
   | O           X    |   |  X        O     X |
   | O           X    |   |  X                |
   |                  |   |  X                |
   |                  |   |                   |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
   | X                |   |                   |
   | X        X  O    |   |  O  O  O          |
   | X  O     X  O    | O |  O  O  O        X |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 3
    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

Pipcounts: Ivan 165   stefanp 145

Ivan says: My man on the bar is a asset - I can move it freely about,
whether to anchor on 20pt or 18pt, or to create a nuisance (that's
powerful in this situation), or just to soak up awkward rolls. Don't
care it's on the bar now. Am I eyeing the cube? I'm 20 pips down, got
an anchor, got a stronger board. He has two wasted men, a back blot,
and a fairly stripped position. What's the prognosis from that? Not a
cube, anyway. If I had my bar point, definitely a double

stefanp says: I like Ivan's position better than mine here though - I
need to get my back man running before he complete his prime

Ivan rolls 6 and 4.

Ivan says: As making my bar makes a lot of difference, I slot it here.
The disparity between our boards is a big factor here

stefanp says: Best to safety the man on his 11 point - also gives a
builder to attack in his inner board

Ivan moves bar-21 13-7 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 4
   | O           X    |   |  X     O  O     X |
   | O           X    |   |  X        O     X |
   |             X    |   |  X                |
   |                  |   |  X                |
   |                  |   |                   |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
   | X                |   |                   |
   | X        X  O    |   |  O  O  O          |
   | X  O     X  O  O |   |  O  O  O        X |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 3
    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: Hmm, he makes the big play. 6s 2s and 4s hit here - I
must attack to avoid him priming me. VERY interesting play by Ivan -
wonder what Jelly says

stefanp rolls 1 and 5.

stefanp says: Hitting on his bar point takes away a builder but I am
liable to be attacked back if he enter OK. But that may mean him
breaking his midpoint - no other play

stefanp moves 1-2 2-7 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 4
   | O           X    |   |  X     O  O     X |
   | O           X    |   |  X        O     X |
   |             X    |   |  X                |
   |                  |   |  X                |
   |                  |   |                   |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
   | X                |   |                   |
   | X        X  O    |   |  O  O  O          |
   | X  O     X  O  X | O |  O  O  O          |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 3
    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 says: 24 rolls hit the man on the 7pt - however I can hit, I
will. The position leads me to get a man back whatever

stefanp says: Even if he makes the prime soon, he still has a lot of
work to do extricating his back men

Ivan rolls 1 and 2.

Ivan says: It's a shame that my 8pt has to go in order to do it, but
go it must. No other positive play here - anchoring is not good (he
has no board or prime), and I leave a double shot if I don't hit. I
can remake the 8pt lots of times anyway

stefanp says: His only hitting number is 8-7; that leaves me a lot

Ivan moves bar-23 8-7 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 4
   | O           X    | X |  X     O  O  O  X |
   | O           X    |   |  X        O     X |
   |             X    |   |  X                |
   |                  |   |  X                |
   |                  |   |                   |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
   | X                |   |                   |
   | X        X       |   |  O  O  O          |
   | X  O     X  O  O |   |  O  O  O          |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 3
    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 makes the big play and is probably prepared to fall
into a backgame if I hit. I cannot double from the bar here as there
is still the danger of dancing or him completing the prime

Ivan says: What is this game anyway? Some sort of holding game, but
not one I've played often at all

stefanp rolls 4 and 3.

stefanp says: I must hit again to keep him off balance - he will
probably form a second anchor here, but I'll have to deal with that
later

stefanp moves bar-3 3-7 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 4
   | O           X    |   |  X     O  O  O  X |
   | O           X    |   |  X        O     X |
   |             X    |   |  X                |
   |                  |   |  X                |
   |                  |   |                   |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
   | X                |   |                   |
   | X        X       |   |  O  O  O          |
   | X  O     X  O  X | O |  O  O  O          |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 3
    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 says: Only sheer weight of numbers stops me doubling. One very
good roll from Stefan and it's over. Any other roll and I have a
strong position

Ivan rolls 1 and 6.
Ivan can't move.

Ivan says: [deleted]!

Ivan says: It was critical I held momentum

stefanp says: He dances!! I need to try to stop him getting the second
anchor here as he could end up with a strong back game. Is not a
double, because of his backgame chances

stefanp rolls 1 and 6.

stefanp says: This game is geting complicated - I don't like hitting
him again - what about the double hit to adjust my timing if he hits
back? Yes, let's try that

Ivan says: My timing's all coming from his board - if I can get an
outerboard anchor I'm still in there

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

   BAR: O-3 X-0   OFF: O-0 X-0   Cube: 1  turn: Ivan

Ivan says: Good play - I wanted to keep a man back deep and play from
my anchor or the 21pt

stefanp says: This is getting very interesting!

Ivan rolls 4 and 4.

Ivan says: Obviously I don't move from the 22pt. I've got lots of play
from the 21pt, so play the only other four available (11-7)

stefanp says: Ivan rolls 44 - he needed that!! Now I have problems
because of his strong board

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

stefanp says: I need to try to start to make some blocking points and
get him to screw his board - getting hit here is not a major disaster
for me

Ivan says: Even 44 for me here plays well - gets me an outerboard
anchor

stefanp moves 8-9 9-14 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 4
   | O  X        X    |   |  X     O  O  X  X |
   | O           X    |   |  X     O  O     X |
   |                  |   |  X     O          |
   |                  |   |  X     O          |
   |                  |   |                   |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
   | X                |   |                   |
   | X        X       |   |  O  O  O          |
   | X        X     O |   |  O  O  O          |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 3
    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: By the way, for any interested readers: this is not a
backgame - is still a holding game

Ivan rolls 4 and 2.

Ivan says: Keep the 22pt. The midpoint is still putting pressure on
him, giving me control (of sorts), over most of the board. Make the
3pt - can remake 5pt later. Any roll next time and I jump off the
21pt, even a roll that lets me remake the 5pt

stefanp says: Not a good roll for Ivan - what blocking points I do
have are starting to do their job! Breaking from 22pt is wrong for
Ivan here as he needs to keep the two anchors and his backgame chances
alive

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

stefanp says: A number of choices for me. I think making 23pt is clear
- playing 12-17 leaves me a six to play, and if I am hit he will still
have two blots for me to shoot back at

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

Ivan says: I'd like not to hit the 14pt (remaking the 5pt is easier
when there's a man there, and hitting on 14pt gives Stefan a chance to
take that 5pt man away), but I don't have any good twos to play after
moving out with the five, other than hitting. 13-11 gives up half of
my game plan - awful move. Moving further in in my homeboard is too
destructive

stefanp says: The hit is clear

Ivan moves 21-16 16-14 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 4
   | O  O        X    | X |  X     O  O  X  X |
   | O           X    |   |  X     O  O  X  X |
   |             X    |   |  X     O          |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
   | X        X       |   |  O     O  O       |
   | X        X       |   |  O  O  O  O       |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 3
    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

Ivan says: Cube

stefanp rolls 5 and 1.

stefanp says: I must hit on the 5pt and play 17-18 with the one I
think

stefanp moves bar-5 17-18 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 4
   | O  O        X  X |   |  X     O  O  X  X |
   | O           X    |   |  X     O  O  X  X |
   |                  |   |  X     O          |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
   | X        X       |   |  O     O  O       |
   | X        X       | O |  O  X  O  O       |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 3
    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 1 and 1.
Ivan can't move.

stefanp says: He dances - I still can't double becuase I need his
board to crunch

stefanp rolls 5 and 1.

Ivan says: The double hit means a drop - otherwise a take

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

   BAR: O-2 X-0   OFF: O-0 X-0   Cube: 1  turn: Ivan

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

stefanp rolls 4 and 1.

stefanp says: Making the bar point is clear

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

Ivan moves bar-22 21-20 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 4
   | O           X  X |   |  X  O  O  O  X  X |
   | O           X  X |   |  X     O  O  X  X |
   |                  |   |  X     O  O       |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
   | X                |   |  O     O  O       |
   | X  X             |   |  O  X  O  O       |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 3
    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 must stop him making the 3rd anchor!

stefanp rolls 4 and 3.

stefanp says: A difficult throw. I think if he makes the 3rd anchor I
am lost (he has 20 ways to do that next roll) but hitting on 20pt
leaves me totally exposed. I'll try 5-12 and see what the dice bring
next time. No, wait - 11-15 12-15 looks better. Jelly?

Ivan says: 11-18 - Tufty Club time. 5-12 would be wrong.

stefanp moves 11-15 12-15 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 4
   | O     X     X  X |   |  X  O  O  O  X  X |
   | O     X     X  X |   |  X     O  O  X  X |
   |                  |   |  X     O  O       |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |  O     O  O       |
   | X                |   |  O  X  O  O       |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 3
    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: Interesting - that move doesn't do much to hold me in. I
move out with 4, 5 or 6, same as before, plus I don't strip or blot
however I move out. Plus, obviously, I can hit on 12pt. I've got such
flooding potential that I'll take the hit if I get it. Am I being too
optimistic? (33 is death for example). If I can hit 13-12, then I
flood

Ivan rolls 6 and 4.

Ivan says: Hit with 22-12* or anchor on 16pt? According to my previous
comment, hit. If I can flood successfully, I could force him to crunch
into my anchors (how likely is that? Not very - 10%?)

stefanp says: Hitting is probably best as he can't make 20pt - he may
make it next time now. However, hitting me helps adjust my timing -
there is the danger that I might come in awkwardly though

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

stefanp says: No other play really

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

Ivan says: I hit, otherwise I crunch very soon. So 13-9*. Then what?
Making 9pt doesn't do much damage if he rolls 54 and it pushes me up
too much. 22-20 is better, but I should leave one man on 22pt to play
sixes from

stefanp says: The hit is clear - I then like making 20pt. It helps him
avoid the gammon if things get grim and allows him to flood the
outfield and pick up any checkers I have coming home. I don't like the
look of this now

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

Ivan says: Can I turn this around?

stefanp rolls 2 and 4.

stefanp says: I have to play safe even though it strips my front
position. I can't afford to have another checker sent back

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

Ivan says: I wanted to make 8pt, but can't. Making 9pt pushes me up
too much (I have no guarantee of flooding from his homeboard next roll
to get outfield presence). I prefer leaving two men hanging around far
away, while still bearing on the 5pt from the 6pt

stefanp says: 13-9 is probably best

Ivan moves 9-6 21-20 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 4
   | O     X     X  X |   |  X  O  O  O  X  X |
   |       X     X  X |   |  X  O  O     X  X |
   |                  |   |     O        X    |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |  O                |
   |                  |   |  O     O  O  X    |
   |       O          |   |  O     O  O  X    |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 3
    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: He played for better outfield coverage in case I ran
past him, but it is dangerous if I hit. Jelly?

stefanp rolls 4 and 4.

stefanp says: Nearly forced!

stefanp moves 18-22 18-22 15-19 15-19 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 4
   | O           X    |   |  X  O  O  X  X  X |
   |             X    |   |  X  O  O  X  X  X |
   |                  |   |  X  O        X    |
   |                  |   |  X                |
   |                  |   |                   |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |  O                |
   |                  |   |  O     O  O  X    |
   |       O          | O |  O     O  O  X    |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 3
    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

stefanp says: I just have to try to scramble my men home here - I need
a big double!

Ivan rolls 3 and 4.

Ivan says: Now making 10pt is clear, otherwise if he hits, I dance or
muck around while he brings the other man out. Must get control of the
outfield, but have better chance of doing that if I come out. Plus he
has two men back, not one - big difference!

stefanp says: I think he should button up here

Ivan moves bar-21 21-18 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 4
   | O           X  O |   |  X  O  O  X  X  X |
   |             X    |   |  X  O  O  X  X  X |
   |                  |   |  X  O        X    |
   |                  |   |  X                |
   |                  |   |                   |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |  O                |
   |                  |   |  O     O  O  X    |
   |       O          |   |  O     O  O  X    |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 3
    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: Interesting play - Jelly?

Ivan says: Damn, I meant to make the 10pt

stefanp rolls 3 and 3.

stefanp says: One of my better non-hitting numbers - he needs to
protect his blots now. 2-8(2) is clear

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

Ivan says: Now I've mucked up the position. Make midpoint

Ivan moves 18-14 14-13 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 4
   | O           X    |   |  X  O  O  X  X  X |
   | O           X    |   |  X  O  O  X  X  X |
   |                  |   |  X  O        X    |
   |                  |   |  X                |
   |                  |   |                   |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |  O                |
   |             X    |   |  O     O  O       |
   |       O     X    |   |  O     O  O       |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 3
    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 have just found out I am playing in a chouette - this
is probably not fair while money is at stake

stefanp rolls 6 and 1.

stefanp says: Breaking the back point is probably not right here - too
many blots. Just have to bring one in - less to worry about later

stefanp moves 17-23 17-18 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 4
   | O              X |   |  X  O  O  X  X  X |
   | O                |   |  X  O  O  X  X  X |
   |                  |   |  X  O        X    |
   |                  |   |  X           X    |
   |                  |   |                   |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |  O                |
   |             X    |   |  O     O  O       |
   |       O     X    |   |  O     O  O       |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 3
    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 3 and 2.

Ivan says: No point leaving maximum re-hits (giving him chance to run
while I dance)

stefanp says: The hit is clear

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

stefanp says: Only one play to make - this gives me a bit of needed
flexibility

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

Ivan says: Again, back to a safe holding position - I can't afford to
dance after a hit

stefanp says: 18-7 to make his bar point is clear - tidies it all up

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

stefanp says: An excellent throw - I feel a *little* more comfortable
now. The play is clear

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

Ivan says: Prepare for the hit, no alternative

stefanp says: Making 2pt is best as I may be leaving a shot soon

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

stefanp says: Here it is - but I still have chances as he will have to
break the anchor to hit, and my midpoint I made last time was a big
improvement for me. I need a five or one to come in so I need to
ensure that my hitting numbers are not these. Therefore, 12-15 19-24
may be a little better. I can then hit back with a three from the bar

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

Ivan says: Lots of choices ...

Ivan says: 21-15* 20-15 is not as bad as instinct says it is - create
safe points to come round the corner with. He has no strength to hit
in his innerboard

Ivan says: 21-15* leaves no good five

Ivan says: 20-15* 13-7 doesn't block him from the 5pt, plus too many
rehits

stefanp says: The hit is clear - I would then probably make the bar
point to give me some bad entering numbers

Ivan moves 21-15 20-15 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 4
   | O     O          | X |  X  O  O  X  X  X |
   | O     O          |   |  X        X  X  X |
   |                  |   |              X  X |
   |                  |   |              X    |
   |                  |   |              X    |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
   | X                |   |  O     O  O  O    |
   | X              O |   |  O     O  O  O    |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 3
    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 4 and 3.
stefanp can't move.

Ivan rolls 2 and 2.

Ivan says: Keep both men back - I can't safety them and they don't add
much by bringing them out, only rehits

stefanp says: Making the bar point and bringing a builder down for the
5pt looks best

Ivan moves 13-11 11-9 9-7 13-11 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 4
   |       O          | X |  X  O  O  X  X  X |
   |       O          |   |  X        X  X  X |
   |                  |   |              X  X |
   |                  |   |              X    |
   |                  |   |              X    |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |                   |
   | X              O |   |  O     O  O  O    |
   | X  O           O |   |  O     O  O  O    |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 3
    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 2 and 2.
stefanp can't move.

Pipcounts: Ivan 126   stefanp 82

Ivan says: Double now - I can flood my outerboard from the 15pt, plus
he's horribly stripped and I've made the bar

Ivan doubles.

Ivan says: Drop. Stefan is 44 pips ahead. 65 is his best roll. Even 11
(his 2nd best roll) is not that great. And 55 leaves two direct shots.
Big, big drop - get Jellyfish loose on this one! 65 gives him an
instant redouble

stefanp says: He has five rolls which make the 5pt - I can take this,
but the big danger is leaving a second blot as my position is totally
stripped. If I come in awkwardly this is a big possibility - he will
then have no problem mopping up blots with his good outfield coverage.
Hmmm, need to work out my bad numbers. Bad numbers are 16, 15, 13.
Good numers are 11, 55, 56, 51, 52. Now what must he do to win?  1:
pick up another blot, 2: shut me out. I think I may take this - hmmm,
it's very interesting... Nah, let's drop it because of the gammon
danger if I leave another blot, plus I am playing against two people
here and I am definitely NOT happy about that

stefanp gives up. Ivan wins 1 point.
score in 11 point match: Ivan-4 stefanp-4