• 2018 - Position 190

    XGID=a--BBaC-B--B-A--BbAbc-abc-:1:1:1:42:4:2:0:7:10

    Match Play. Red leads 4-2 to 7. How should Red play 42?

    Despite the apparent risk the most direct route to victory (and a potential gammon) is 11/5*. Everything else gives White too many opportunities for counter-play.

    If White’s blot on his 3-pt were safe on his 5-pt it would be a toss-up between 18/12 and 11/5* but as it is that blot gives Red additional tactical options.

    4 Comments

    • 1. Nov 8 2018 5:19PM by Peder

      11/5*. This is the right move under normal circumstances. Can the score change this? Maybe, but I would hit anyway. It's nice to play to win.

    • 2. Nov 9 2018 7:40AM by Leo

      11/5*. The blot in white's home board makes this play less risky with more upside reward. If white had a 5pt board, I'd eschew the hit and play something like 18/12.

    • 3. Nov 9 2018 3:25PM by Ben

      Leo & Peder are usually spot on with their checker play. However, I wonder if perhaps 11/5* is overplaying the position a bit. Red is outboarded & has a blot on the 18 point. I favor the quiet 18/14;13/11. If I'm White & get hit I'd likely redouble.

    • 4. Nov 9 2018 3:27PM by Ben

      Oops! Red owns the cube here.

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