pot the red, but do not obtain ideal position on a colour - what
are your options?
it is imperative to lay a decent safety shot, placing your opponent
in the most awkward position possible.
In Fig 1, a red has been potted but the white has run out of position
into the baulk area. The brown is available to the left centre and
provides just enough angle to get back to the reds, but should you
miss there is a good chance of leaving a good scoring opportunity
for your opponent. You may feel safety is the best option - what
could attempt the snooker by rolling in behind the brown ball, but
should you misjudge the exact weight of shot, will leave an easy
safety shot or worse still a potting opportunity. In addition, a
decent player may find it relatively easy to escape from the snooker
off one cushion and nestle into the red on the top cushion behind
the black, knowing that should they miss the red, little damage
may have been done and nothing would be left on for you to attack.
The more attacking option may be to lay what is known as a Chinese
Snooker onto the yellow ball on the top cushion. Although this provides
a direct line of sight for your opponent to play onto a red ball,
the fact that it is awkward cueing makes the shot extremely difficult.
With the reds positioned as they are, playing safe whilst bridging
awkwardly over the yellow ball on the cushion would be a hard shot
to control.. Especially when your opponent knows that any miscalculation
will leave you with a choice of reds to begin your break.
In Figure 2, a red has been potted but the white has finished in
'no mans land' between the pink and close to the blue. The typical
safety shot may involve you clipping off the blue on either side,
but in this instance you may decide that the Chinese snooker in
front of the blue creates more problems for your opponent.
The 'spider' will be needed by your oponent to play over the blue
and down the table towards a red ball. Any attempt to 'clip off'
a red would be hard to execute and any attempt at a pot equally
hard. You may even force your opponent into treating the position
like a traditional snooker, playing off the side cushion in an attempt
to reach safety.
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