Hi Number 4,
I read your journal and I liked the passion that you are devoting to this game. I do not remember having faced such kind of setup with marsh in middle front and 2x bombs in front on the flanks with high ranked silver players (however it happened sometimes when I face low bronze ranking players), so probably we have not yet played against each other. However I have some questions to you:
1) In what % of your games is your marsh discovered early within the first 10 minutes of a game?
2) Why do you show your preferred setup that seems to work well for you and explain all your tactics? Don't you fear that as soon as somebody recognizes the pattern of your setup he will adapt his tactics to it, so it will not help you? Even if you remain hidden players may recognize the patterns and the game style.
3) WHy don't you want to be recognized? If you really are a high ranked silver, dutch and ... number 4 I believe I can have some suspicions about your highest ranked account.
Anyway I completely agree with you that we should develop a training platform for stratego. Some time ago I did initiate a forum:
Have a look and let me know what you think and feel free to add your own quizz if you wish
Thanks for your reply.
1. Yes, that still is a serious issue: about 10-15% of the cases it gets immediately spotted or the 6 got traded within the first 10 minutes with pressure on the right centerlane (see case 4), so I'll have to adjust. After that, it will only be revealed when I get a significant advantage, often including the knowledge about the opponent marshall.
2. Because I want to have a shared knowledge platform here, so everyone can benefit. Yes, it might become a serious issue.
3. Don't try to guess. I'm not within top 15 due to having not played often over the past several months, but I'm close.
I'll take a look at your post!
Thank you for this setup. I hope I see this in action some day. As I will soon be up 6 pieces after my volley of 3 scouts, I know 2 bombs and the marshall. I hope Sohal or Lightwing would post a better reply. Shall we begin a serious discussion of defensive play?
I'm not here to debate or defend myself, but to discuss substantively. To just comment on this shortly:
1. I know Lightwing from the Metaforge times, and won 2 out of 4 games, those were good games to be remembered so I did. Is he here too, and under which name? Would be nice to add a 5th game.
2. Looking through my journal, I see I've played you at least 6 times, and won 5 of them. There is also a note of rude behavior attached to it, from August 2013. If you want proof, I can post the reconstructed setup I've drawn on here (or even a photo). But hey, let's just keep it friendly and substantive huh?
Seriously, though, I think that it's awfully hard to judge some of the higher strategies for our own lower levels. You're much higher than me, so you may not recall how crazy people play at, say, a 200 level. I submit to you that perhaps our lower logic is what keeps us lower.
The 200 player thinks he must take the crazy, unwarranted risks all the time. I have my own predilections. You, yours. The point is I don't think we can blindly say something is not right for a person above us just because it doesn't work for us. I'll agree with you, if I'm playing a 200 level player, I'd love to find that marshal on the front row. But I'm not ready to say it makes me happy if my opponent is silver to find it necessarily.
We have to constantly be open to new revelations, I suggest.
GaryLShelton marks the spot here. The reason I posted this, is because I have quite an unusual setup and play style, that still is extremely effective. Open up minds, and learn from eachother. When I myself look at this setup after having not played for several months, I don't believe it either, until you start to bring it into practice again. Last but not least: play style is much more important the the setup.
Anyone else having (substantive) thoughts on this?