Cross-Cut Workshop

BGJ 174 Winter 2015 - 2016

Reviewer: Roger Huyshe

by Richard Hunter
Slate and Shell SSRH001, 70pp

This book is one that I recommend to most SDK with the line ‘think how expensive a cross-cut is when you get it wrong’. It’s remarkable that this is the only book that covers a vital situation that crops up in nearly every game. The author quickly shows that there is more to think about than the proverb “Cross-cut? Extend!” and proceeds to examine the various options for the first two moves with examples and problems. Further guidelines from professional players are given. Ultimately it still comes down to reading, although a greater awareness of possible patterns should be helpful.

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