"That doesn't work on us," Anna said. "We'll eat the Queen to stop you from running it." Indeed she would. And so would Brian or Zach or any other live player who sees what's coming. It's better to take a big hit than to take a disastrous hit. But that takes a willingness to take damage in pursuit of more important goals. Lesser players (and AI) will always dodge the sacrifice, because they can't imagine doing that. And so they lose.
There's a life lesson here somewhere.