• 2017 - Position 223

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    Money Play. How should Red play 41?

    I found this one very instructive. 13/9*, 7/6, 13/9*/8 and 7/3*/2 all win the same percentage of games within a few thousandths of equity points.

    The difference comes in the percentage of gammons won. Hitting on the 9-pt gains approximately 5% more gammons – there is no discernible difference between the two hitting plays.

    It is therefore worth the risk of White establishing a 3-5 back game to gain those extra gammons – something that may not be intuitively obvious when you first study the position.

    5 Comments

    • 1. Dec 5 2017 5:35PM by Leo

      13/9*,9/8. I prefer this to 7/3*,3/2.

    • 2. Dec 5 2017 6:22PM by charlie

      7/3*/2. No chance of an anchor and more chance of a hit and run on the other blot.

    • 3. Dec 5 2017 8:09PM by Peder

      13/)*, 9/8. It kills no checkers, solves the problem of coming home from the midpoint and perhaps wins an extra gammon or two.

    • 4. Dec 5 2017 10:26PM by Alastair Woods

      7/3*/2. Doesn't look pretty but don't need it to, priority is to get the checkers home safely. Allowing white the chance of a double anchor looks the biggest threat here.

    • 5. Dec 5 2017 10:49PM by Ben

      I'm with Alastair & Charlie here. We simply want to avoid giving White a double anchor here I believe.

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