• 2018 - Position 189

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    Money Play. How should Red play 32?

    It looks obvious to play 11/8, 6/4, which is what most people would play over the board, but Red’s forward position could collapse before he escapes his rear checker.

    The correct play is 24/21, 6/4. This positions the rear checker to escape and White will have to give up his 5-pt anchor to hit either of Red’s outfield blots.

    Given this as a quiz problem most people will get it right but how would you do over the board? I got it wrong. 11/8, 6/4 is an error but not a blunder.

    2 Comments

    • 1. Nov 8 2018 1:21AM by Ben

      11/8; 6/4 looks right to me.

    • 2. Nov 8 2018 8:03AM by Leo

      As this is a quiz, I have been looking for alternatives to what looks the most obvious play of 11/8,6/4. The back checker is in danger of being hemmed in with time running out for red, so it seems logical to move it, either 24/22, or 24/21. Making the inner 4 point looks attractive as if white wants to hit one of the outer blots he'll have to give up the 5pt, quite a big sacrifice - hitting on the 4pt makes no such sacrifice for white. Therefore, I'd play either 24/21,6/4 or 24/22,7/4

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