• 2018 - Position 50

    XGID=-aa-B-D-B---dEa--c-e----B-:0:0:1:42:0:0:3:0:10

    Money Play. How should Red play 42?

    Another third roll position that is not that easy.

    Because he has the stronger home board Red can play reasonably aggressively. Two checkers down is the wrong idea as it gives White too many options.

    The top play is 24/20, 13/11 but second by the narrowest of margins is 13/11, 6/2*. Third pick is 24/18*. 24/22, 13/9 doesn’t take enough advantage of the stronger board and although not an error it is edging that way.

    Over the board I play 13/11, 6/2* for the complications.

    2 Comments

    • 1. Mar 14 2018 7:33PM by Peder

      I like playing for contact in positions like this, so 24/20 is clear. The we have four more or less reasonable twos to choose from. It's not easy, but my pick is 20/18. If White is lucky and points on me, I prefer him to do so outside his home board.

    • 2. Mar 15 2018 9:21AM by Leo

      If you're going to make the major split 24/20, then I prefer 13/11 for the 2, unstacking the heavy midpoint and creating more point making potential. However, I prefer the minor split 24/22, which is less dangerous, and then bringing down a checker from the midpoint 13/9.

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