How do you play darts
Checkers or chess?
My cricket strategy
So, do you play checkers or chess? In one game you respond primarily to the opponent's moves, while the other requires strategic moves with foresight based on the current situation. Since I've lived here in Phoenix, people have thought of my cricket game as "disrespectful", "stupid", "pointless" or even "lucky", all of which make me laugh. Now people ask me WHY I throw the way I throw. I usually start with the following explanation, "Well, I play chess while you play checkers", and I get astonished faces for it. I would like to explain cricket strategy, but it is not possible in one article. But I would like to share a few thoughts with you that may help you develop your own STRATEGY and stop playing checkers.
I'm not the only one playing this way. If you should ever compete against a top American player in cricket, you will find that their game is very similar to mine, although each player brings his own facets to the table. If you are behind on points and just throw at points to get the lead, then you are playing checkers, a REACTIVE game. The problem with that is (as I see it) that the other player always knows what you're going to do and vice versa. However, if you go to the board with the thought, "What is the easiest throw that will force my opponent to throw a heavier throw than my own," then you are on your way to playing cricket like chess.
I'll give an example here (assuming you can only get three hits) - you close the 20 and your opponent closes the 19 without any further points. What are you throwing at Most people will go to 19 to add another square, but does this throw leave your opponent with a tougher task? What if you miss the third dart? Let's assume that you close 19. Now your opponent hits the 20 three times, and you have the same conditions as at the beginning of the game, with the exception that you are closer to the END of the game without being able to develop an advantage. So you should change your strategy and throw three more 20s to take the lead with 60 points. Great, but your opponent hits back with three 19s and it's almost a tie again. At least with this move you forced your opponent to land four hits to take the lead, you force a heavier throw, but not much more difficult. I hereby submit a thought as an OFFER that deviates from the first two options, you take 17 or 18 as your goal. You have opened two fields and the other player now has to MAKE a decision. Even if you only land one or two hits, you will use it to prepare for your further throws (the rules follow below in the article). Is your opponent throwing for points? Is he or she trying to close numbers? Does he / she include another number? You made him / her think and FORCED to make a heavier throw than your three hit throw. You now have to land five or six hits in order to actually be able to counter your lead or you will not give them out of your hand with three more hits in each round. Of course, not everyone hits three hits per round, some throw less, others more. It's just a simple example of how to plan EASY throws and FORCE the other person to take HARD hits. You can lose because you are behind with points, but if you closed more fields than the other, will you not win? Does a closed field not correspond to the triple value? I say COUNT DARTS, NOT POINTS. You cannot ignore the points, you need to know YOUR strengths so that you can strike back to score points or take the lead on the closed squares if necessary.
I would like to make a few rules here that become important when deciding where to throw the darts: RISK something with the first rather than the last dart. If you have decided to throw two darts at points and then close a field, do it the other way around. You put a lot more pressure on the third dart when you "throw and hope". If you manage to place the RISKANTEN dart with the first throw, you will be calmer because YOU ALREADY made a good throw, even if you should miss the other two. I guess the likelihood of doing MORE with the other two darts as the pressure eases increases. If you fail with the risky throw or just hit a single, then you know what to do - you go back to the other field and throw the points. NEVER (almost never) try to close a number where a SINGLE would not help you: This means that if you want to close a new number (to be able to score on it) and miss the first dart on it, then you should go back go and get more points. If you hit the first dart but miss the second to close the number, the third goes back to points. Every hit on points forces the other player to land two hits to catch you, so always ask yourself "If I hit the single field with this dart, where would it help me the most?" RARE throw at a triple square just to close this: I call them HEROES darts, people who are called heroes are usually dead. The exception is if you have a good point lead AND more closed fields or if you have one Hit would win the game. Another is if you don't take the point lead with the triple hit, but he prepares you a point lead.
Do not go sequentially on the numbers that are most convenient to you: after 20, every number has almost the same meaning. It's always about closing fields and hitting what you're aiming for. If you throw with confidence, you will score and that will help you win. I know a good player here who goes to 15 as soon as he feels pressured because he KNOWS he is going to hit her and that will help him get out of the early mess. DO NOT throw at the DOUBLES if the TRIPLES can help you: Honestly, what do you get if you just miss the doubles? NOTHING! A narrow miss by the triple will still give you a single hit. On the next move you will only need one single and that will help reduce the pressure. My only exception to this rule is when the doubles gives you victory and it is your third dart. This area also includes the fact that if you need a single to take the lead or have closed more goals, aim for the LARGE AREA OF THE SINGLE FIELD, then go for the triple. Do the MUST litter before the WANT litter.
Well, I hope this will teach you a few things that you will try to do in training first, in order to develop your own strategy and become a great cricketer. Cricket is the only game where you can throw less than your opponent and still win simply because you were smarter. Always remember that training doesn't make perfect, it makes perfect workout perfect.
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