• 2019 - Position 169


    Match Play. Red trails 7-9 to 13. How should Red play 51?



  • 2019 - Position 168


    Match Play. Red trails 4-6 (Crawford) 7. How should Red play 42?

    For money bar/23, 6/2* would be a blunder because of the gammons lost but here Red doesn’t care about losing a gammon.

    It turns out that bar/21, 23/21 and bar/22, 6/2* have virtually identical equities so you can take your pick at this match score.



  • 2019 - Position 167


    Match Play. Red leads 8-2 to 11. Should Red double? If doubled, should White take?

    Beware of doubling with a large lead when your opponent has an anchor! For money this would be a ludicrous take but at this score it is nearly a double blunder to double.

    White will be spinning the cube back on 4 with any excuse and were he win a gammon he would be 10-8 (Crawford) ahead.

    At this score Red should be playing on for an undoubled gammon, holding the cube in reserve to be used later on when the situation is much clearer.



  • 2019 - Position 166


    Match Play. Red leads 3-2 to 7. Should Red double? If doubled, should White take?

    For money this is a standard double and take where the take is very comfortable.

    The match score changes things because a doubled gammon wins the match for Red with perfect efficiency. That turns the position into a clear pass and in fact it is a blunder to take.

    Fascinating how that one point lead can make such a difference.



  • 2019 - Position 165


    Money Play. How should Red play 22?

    Apologies for the third double twos in a row!

    After bar/23 Red can elect to hit with 11/9, 11/7* but with only a two-point board this is a bit loose.

    Red does better to play bar/23/21, 6/4(2), strengthening his home board and still threatening the two White blots.

    The hitting play is actually blunder.



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