• 2018 - Position 66


    Money Play. How should Red play 21?

    Obviously Red must hit or he will be attacked himself so 13/11* is clear for the 2. He can minimise blots by 11/10 or 7/6 with the 1.

    However, Red owns the cube and can use it to powerful effect if White fans. After 13/12, 13/11* followed by a fan by White, Red will redouble and White has the skinniest of takes. After either of the other plays White has a much easier take.

    Note also that 13/12, 13/11* beautifully triplicates White’s 2s and even his 52 is duplicated. The bottom line is that Red needs his bar-point so he should leave it slotted.


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