• 2018 - Position 112

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    Match Play. Red leads 4-0 to 7. How should Red play 53?

    Over the board Red tried 8/5, 8/3 but even if missed the blot is difficult to cover safely next turn.

    Against a four-and-a-half point board it is just too risky to expose a blot and the right play at this score and for money is the ugly 6/3, 6/1. The spare checkers on the 8-pt leave Red with at least some flexibility for next turn and don’t forget White may have to weaken his position before Red rolls again.

    Sometimes ugly is best.

    2 Comments

    • 1. Jul 8 2018 6:43AM by Peder

      I know that it looks awful, but I play 6/3, 6/1. Probably best for not losing a gammon.

    • 2. Jul 8 2018 8:21AM by Leo

      Once again I agree with Peder. Any other play is just too dangerous. At least red still has some spares on the 8pt for future awkward rolls.

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