I like two shots here:Barry's shot --- his pocket is at the top left --- ball score is 6-6, both going to 8 --- Barry is in a difficult position --- not a lot of choices here --- the 13ball is approx. 2-1/2" off the rail, the cueball is 1/2" off the rail ----- wwyd >>>
P.S. Sorry Whitey - another tough wwyd for ya
1) a high karate on the 13. I've been practicing those shots a lot so I'm comfortable I won't sell out the 3. The exam question is where the 13 would go. I believe I can send the 13 to my side but I'm not 100% sure given it has to be a pretty full hit on the 13 for the CB to come back to the bottom rail and not sell out the 3. If I am unable to send the 13 to the top corner on my side, I will not like my next shot (John will soft bank the 13 to his pocket and can even make it directly or off the 3 leaving me near the top rail).
2) Thin the 9 and send it to the bottom rail and the CB into the 3 off the long rail and hope to either make it or tie up the 13 bank. The 9 and 13 may kiss but it feels that the 3 should clear the path of the 9 earlier (before it rebounds off the bottom rail to kiss the 3) due to a higher speed of the CB on contacting the 9.
Overall, I probably like the second shot a bit more.