• 2018 - Position 173


    Money Play. How should Red play 21?

    Playing 6/3 here is virtually a blunder. Red needs to stop White making his 5-pt and the best way to do that is to take a tempo by hitting with 3/1*. After that it should be clear that the 1 should be played 24/23 to provide more pressure on the blot on White’s 5-pt. 6/5, 3/1* is a poor second and still a huge error.

    This problem is a reminder to always play to the demands of the position and do not just make ‘obvious’ moves.


    • 1. Oct 10 2018 4:16PM by Peder

      3/1*, 24/23. Red should try to pick up the blot.

    • 2. Oct 11 2018 5:51AM by Leo

      I agree with Peder. 3/1*,24/23. 3/1* is a tempo move to stop white developing his position unhindered at time when their home board strenghts are equal, and the split 24/23 gets the back checkers moving, before they get hemmed in.

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