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  • 2017 - Position 191

    XGID=--a-bDE-B-B--------bbBbae-:1:-1:1:64:0:0:3:0:10

    Money Play. How should Red play 64?

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  • 2017 - Position 190

    XGID=aBB-BBCAA---d----bBc-bc---:1:-1:1:32:0:0:3:0:10

    Money Play. How should Red play 32?

    The bots have taught us that the time to break anchors is when your opponent is on the bar. 18/16, 18/15 is very clear here. This keeps maximum builders for the 3-pt, releases the back checkers, duplicates threes and maintains connectivity. 18/13 is much weaker as the blots are much harder to tidy up.

    A move like 8/5, 7/5 is a double blunder. Red must make a run for it now.

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  • 2017 - Position 189

    XGID=-BB-BCC-aA--d--A-b-c-bc--A:1:-1:1:54:0:0:3:0:10

    Money Play. How should Red play 54?

    The answer to this is a combination of duplication and Robertie’s theory of connectivity.

    It might seem that bar/20, 9/5 is the safer play but then the last two checkers are far from home with no pressure on the White checker on Red’s 9-pt.

    The correct move is bar/20, 15/11. This duplicates 1’s and 3’s and keeps all the outfield checkers connected. This will generate more return shots in the case of a hit – except of course if White rolls 11 or 33.

    Interestingly bar/20, 9/5 is a bad error but not quite a blunder.

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  • 2017 - Position 188

    XGID=-aaB-BC-BB--bB---d-cB--bb-:0:0:1:00:0:0:3:0:10

    Money Play. Should Red double? If doubled, should White take?

    This one is right on the cusp. Clearly Red must double as he has plenty of threats. It would be a double blunder not to double.

    White can squeeze a take because the race is equal and he has as strong a home board as Red. Theory is great but I can see a lot of boxes dropping this double in a chouette as multiple doubled gammons loom on the horizon!

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