• 2017 - Position 185

    XGID=-aa--ADBBBAAb---bc-e-a--AA:0:0:1:42:0:0:3:0:10

    Money Play. How should Red play 42?

    The choices are clear: bar/21*, 7/5 or bar/23, 9/5? Over the board Red quickly played bar/21*, 7/5 – the ‘obvious move.

    However, it gives up the valuable bar-point and now most White’s fives and sixes play well. The quiet bar/23, 9/5 maintains a four-and-a half point prime and also keeps pressure on the blot on White’s 4-pt. Both moves have clear pluses.

    I leant towards the quiet bar/23, 9/5 but the rollouts have the hitting play as a close winner. The third checker back plus destroying White’s slotted 4-pt gives Red a small tactical edge with the hitting play.

    2 Comments

    • 1. Oct 12 2017 6:56PM by Peder

      I know it looks like playing for the gallery, but I like B/21*, 7/5. The 5-point is vital. There are of course a lot of return shots, but there are also a lot of return-return shots. When your opponent has no board, you can sometimes make rather flashy plays.

    • 2. Oct 12 2017 8:24PM by Alastair Woods

      Nothing flashy about it the point is slotted and the blot will be picked up by white if we don't make the 5. It's between 1 of two plays for sure. I prefer the bar/23, 9/5 method of making the 5 though, as it looks far easier to keep and extend the prime that way, rather than leaving a blot on 7 & then having white come off the bar, punch a hole in the middle of it + then possibly anchoring on our bar point.

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