• 2019 - Position 84

    XGID=---BDDDA---------a-edd-a--:1:1:1:00:3:3:0:7:10

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

    Note: I am teaching all day Monday so the solution to this problem will be posted on Tuesday 28th May.

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  • 2019 - Position 93

    XGID=-B-BaCB-B---bB-c-c-d-Bb---:0:0:1:65:0:0:3:0:10

    Money Play. How should Red play 65?

    Ahead in the race, stripped on all the outer board points and with the better home board, everything points to a running play and 21/10 is clearly the correct play. 13/8, 13/7 only postpones matters. Red must go now despite the lack of duplication.

    Anything other than 21/10 is at least a double blunder!

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  • 2019 - Position 92

    XGID=-BcaBbCCB-C---a--bbbb-----:0:0:1:33:0:0:3:0:10

    Money Play. How should Red play 33?

    At a point in time assets become liabilities and when playing against a back game it is crucial to know when to dismantle assets (points).

    That is very much the case here. Over the board Red woodenly played 10/17, 10/4(2) but that move is a 2.5 blunder. The correct play is 10/7, 6/3(3)*, dismantling the most difficult home board point, and hopefully giving time to Red to bear in the rest of his checkers.

    After that play Red is still not the favourite to win the game although he will come out ahead on equity due the percentage of gammons he wins.

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  • 2019 - Position 91

    XGID=-BaabAC-E---dBa--b-bB--b--:1:1:1:54:0:0:3:0:10

    Money Play. How should Red play 54?

    As those who have commented have noted this is a glorious opportunity for a Triple Tiger play with 8/3*, 6/2*!!

    Not only that, it is the correct play and anything else is a double blunder or worse.

    Red’s 5-pt anchor and White’s very poor structure give Red the licence for the big play.

    My old friend, Bigplay Barry McAdam would have loved this one. May he RIP.

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  • 2019 - Position 90

    XGID=-BDBCB------b------aBbbce-:1:1:1:00:3:4:0:7:10

    Match Play. Red trails 3-4 to 7. Should Red redouble? If redoubled, should White take?

    If Red loses this game he will trail 3-6 (Crawford) and have 18% match-winning chances.

    A winning shot at this score is enough to redouble. This shot might not win immediately but if missed White may leave more shots. All in all this is a crystal-clear double and not redoubling her is a double blunder.

    What for money would be a clear beaver becomes a strong redouble at this score. Yet again the score is the dominant factor.

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