• 2019 - Position 206


    Match Play. Red leads 4-0 to 7. Should Red double? If doubled, should White take?


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  • 2019 - Position 205


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

    For money this is a narrow pass and most formulae get this right. At the match score it is a comfortable take because of the power of White’s redoubles to 4 which get him to the Crawford Game.

    Never ignore the strength of getting to Crawford.



  • 2019 - Position 204


    Match Play. Red trails 3-7 to 13. Should Red redouble? If redoubled, should White take?

    This is from my first-round match in Cyprus. I redoubled and my opponent passed.

    The redouble is correct – it would be premature for money. The take is actually very easy. White easily has 25% (actually he has 41%!!) and is unlikely to get gammoned. My opponent was scared of me fanning and then him rolling something like 43 or 54. Even then I have to hit so the parlay where he loses a gammon is unlikely although it happens 11% of the time and hence why the redouble is correct.

    The match score had undue influence on my opponent and he paid the price.



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  • 2019 - Position 203


    Match Play. Red trails 0-2 to 7. Should Red redouble? If redoubled, should White take?

    For money this would be a grossly premature redouble but at this score Red cannot afford to lose his market. Now not redoubling would be a massive blunder.

    Yet again the match score completely dominates the cube decision.



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