• 2018 - Position 49


    Match Play. Red trails 2-3 to 5. How should Red play 55?

    It is surprising how much taking four checkers off affects the win percentage. 5/off(4) wins 6% less games than 6/1(4) and 3% less than 6/1(2), 5/off(2).

    Either of those two plays is OK but 5/off(4) is a blunder. The risk is not worth the reward. Red wins 80% gammons after the safe play anyway.

    It is the same answer for money.


    • 1. Mar 13 2018 6:42PM by Leo

      I'd play 5off(4) to maximize gammons and the match.

    • 2. Mar 14 2018 3:11AM by Ben

      As tempting as it is to peel 4 checkers here I would clear the six point. This enables Red to play future 6-2 as well as double deuces/ aces while retaining good gammon chances. Let's first win the game!

    • 3. Mar 14 2018 11:19AM by Rumen

      I have met similar position. It is all about the gammon race - here Red will win a lot of gammons even if he plays save with 6/1(4). If there were only 3 white checkers in Red's board, then 5/off(4) would be correct, because the gammon race would be close.

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