• 2019 - Position 132


    Match Play. Red trails 2-4 to 7. How should Red play 11?



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  • 2019 - Position 131


    Money Play. How should Red play 62?

    Red could try to be cute here by playing 23/15 without hitting but it is more important to get those checkers on his 6-pt on to the field of battle in what is likely to be a long game.

    23/17*, 6/4 is the right play. 23/15 is actually a blunder as it takes no tempo from White and fails to develop Red’s position.



  • 2019 - Position 130


    Match Play. Red trails 3-4 to 11. How should Red play 21?

    This problem is taken from the 2018 Othello Quiz. The Quiz is set annually and is generally reckoned to be the most difficult quiz in the world. From time to time I will include some Othello problems from previous years.

    This is a question of technique and it is helpful if you have seen a problem like this before, which in my case I had, and so I got this one correct.

    Amy play other than 9/7, 8/7 is a double blunder or far worse. Red needs to play this position as a prime-versus-prime game. If he is not hit on White’s first roll, he will hope that White will crash by rolling large numbers. He must hold his ace-point anchor and stick to the p-v-p game plan.

    9/7, 8/7 makes him a favourite to win the game. Any other play loses at least 5% game winning chances.



  • 2019 - Position 129


    Money Play. How should Red play 33?

    I failed the test here by playing 7/4(2), 6/3(2). This creates a strong board but disconnects the checkers.

    Red needs time to escape his rear checkers, preferably by throwing a double.

    The two plays 13/10(3), 6/3 and 13/10(2), 13/7 are identical in equity so take your pick. Incidentally both plays block White’s 55 which is certainly a positive.



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