Category Puzzles

Find the best endgame sequence

  Should be posting games from Millennium Cup soon – watch this space!

Find the best play…

Quiz

(click to enlarge) Find the best endgame sequence.

Solution: ventriloQUIZing

The quiz is here, and the results of the Quackle simulation I did are on the right. At first, it seems like playing ENJ(O)Y 15H for 57 points keeping DIW is quite a good choice, as it provides good score and leave. However, I feel that while the rack is decent, the W does not […]

ventriloQUIZing

(click to enlarge picture) What’s your move on this one? I’m sure most players would be spoilt for choice here…

Attempt this one

(click to enlarge picture) This is one of my endgames against Victor Chua on ISC. Can you find a win? (BTW: I’m using the new Blogger Post Editor which allows this text-beside-picture thing. Pretty neat, I must say.)

Interesting

Here’s a position I got from today while playing the kids: (click to enlarge) Any decent player would be able to see 14B RUMBLE (28) or 5K BREN (32), but each of these would open up triple word scores that might allow counter-scoring. There is one move, however, that avoids all these careless openings, and […]

Solution to Pre-Endgame Quiz + more on that game

Here’s the simulation result for this quiz: (click to enlarge) MIB simulates the best, but why? Let’s see… 1) COIF does not tell us much about Tony’s rack except that he kept decent tiles. So maybe we can expect a bingo.2) Any bingo to the F (FREMITus, FoRETIMe, FoRMIaTE, FEMITeRs) would lose to FRENZIED, CONFEREE […]

Pre-Endgame Quiz

Shown here is quite an eventful game, though there aren’t (from my perspective) many strategically significant moves, except for this move. (click to enlarge) Task is as usual – find the winning-est move. I’ll talk more about this game in a later post, but this position is more interesting and deserves prior attention.

Endgame analysis (warning: can be mathematical)

Here’s the position again: (click to enlarge) Get familiar with the position if you’re going to read through the whole thing here, you’ll probably need to refer to it quite a few times. Some things to note:1. Tony has just bingoed, so it’s impossible to tell what he drew from the bag.2. There are at […]