is the best approach when faced with a re-spotted black at the end
of a drawn game?
you win the toss, what do you do?
The majority of players will ask their opponent to play first, hoping
that an error is made and the chance of a winning pot then becomes
in Fig 1, an opponent may attempt to promote the black up and down
the spots to safety, leaving a difficult shot for the next player.
Alternatively, you can try to force the issue, by electing to play
first on winning the toss and then by playing an attacking safety
shot, as shown in Fig 2.
may then force an error from your opponent and leave you a relatively
easy pot to win the frame.
Or what about the long double for victory, demonstrated in Fig 3.
This is very risky and fraught with danger. Should the black not
go in there is good chance that it will be promoted over a pocket
or come to rest in the centre of the table. A further worry is the
inability to control the cue ball whilst playing the shot.
conclusion, it is safe to say that there is no right or wrong shot
to play on a re-spotted black.
frame is so close that one successful pot will decide the outcome.
The frame is on a knife edge and one good pot or safety shot can
make all the difference. Alternatively, a slice of luck can affect
who wins and who loses.
The best bit of advice, is to be positive at all times, whether
you are playing safe or attempting a pot. Remain composed and recognise
that the frame has come down to one shot to decide the winner. The
player who maintains focus, concentration and nerve will most likely
be the winner.
a respotted black try and win the frame as opposed to just waiting
for your opponent to make an error. Should you end up losing the
frame you will then be able to take some consolation from the fact
that you remained positive and aggressive and did your utmost to
win the frame. There is nothing worst than losing and thinking "I
should have gone for the pot".
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