I'll start with a quiz question. You are 34-17 in front and need to pot a color before potting the final red. Which color do you choose?
It is not black. Now let me tell you how I found out.
I was playing Tony Thompson in the 2nd round of my 4th tournament. A
on my second pot gave Tony a chance to put up an early lead of 1-17. Despite this early setback, a break of 33 put me in prime position to win the match and reach the quarter finals. At 34-17 I was presented with the situation shown above. I potted black for a break of 40 but now the last red ball was boxed in by brown, pink and black. With one chalck remaining, I went for the pot on the final red... and missed.
The table then looked like this:
Tony escaped the snooker, leaving the balls in place. Then I faced the snooker... with no chalck remaining. I had no choice but to call a foul on myself and hand Tony 4 points... and another snooker.
What happened next, was a thrilling exchange of shots by Tony and me each trying to escape from the snooker we faced in sequence. Each time I handed Tony 4 points until finally Tony did not escape and allowed me to place the cue ball as I pleased. Tony had fought his way back into the match to 45-37, but surely I would clear the table from here.
I potted the final red, followed by the blue b...
In my best John Virgo voice: "Where is that cue ball going?"
I fouled the pot on the blue ball. Tony made short works of the final colors, winning the match 46-68.
This was a thrilling match in which I fouled no less than 7 shots (two of which where actual
, giving away 28 points. I need to wait for the next tournament to have a chance of reaching the quarter finals in Solitaire Snooker.