Thanks to Philip Brown from the Kew Croquet Club who submitted this puzzle based on a real situation in the 2018 Victorian Gateball Championship.
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Gateball Puzzle #6: The Better Part of Valour
The score is 8-6, Ball 1 is to play. What should Ball 1 do in this scenario? Why? Note that the Gate-touch of Ball 7 through Gate 3 onto Ball 9 is available.
Previous gateball puzzles are available at the links below:
Gateball puzzle #1 also included information on the format of the puzzle and outlined how you can submit your own puzzle.