• 2018 - Position 115

    XGID=-bBbB-CaBB--cBA-Ab-e------:0:0:1:32:0:0:3:0:10

    Money Play. How should Red play 32?

    This is a very difficult position and there isn’t a huge difference between some of the plays. I rolled out 10 plays but that could easily have been 15.

    Hitting on the bar-point is wrong as it only gives White more timing for his already well-timed 1-3 back game. 16/11 and 14/9 are both reasonable and I wouldn’t argue against them in a chouette.

    XG takes a different approach. The key point on the board is Red’s 5-pt and so XG plays 16/14, 8/5!! The idea is to make the point if White doesn’t hit the slotted blot. Any hit also slows Red down which could well be helpful.

    Having seen the play, I quite like it but would I have the courage to play it? I honestly don’t know but once again XG has come up with an idea that I hadn’t even considered and therein lies the key learning point from the position.

    1 Comment

    • 1. Jul 12 2018 10:55AM by Leo

      Lots of choices here. I'm reluctant to hit here, as the two blocking points are good where they are. I'd just play the prosaic 14/9.

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