• 2018 - Position 7

    XGID=-BaBB-BBB--A-AA------cbcf-:0:0:1:65:4:5:0:7:10

    Match Play. Red trails 4-5 to 7. How should Red play 65?

    I got this one wrong over the board playing the ultra-conservative 13/7, 11/6.

    Also wrong is 8/2*, 7/2. Losing a gammon is ruinous for Red (he loses the match) and five blots is too many despite having a five-point home board.

    Red should steer for the middle ground here with 11/9, 13/7 leaving only two blots and four shots.

    The risk is justified because the gammon losses are outweighed by the extra games won when Red manages to make his 5-pt.

    This is not an easy problem to get right over the board and many would make their 2-pt and then close their eyes!

    3 Comments

    • 1. Jan 10 2019 4:05PM by Ben

      8/2;7/2* is the play to make to try to win the game. Any other play becomes a play "to avoid losing the game".

    • 2. Jan 10 2019 4:51PM by Peder

      11/5, 14/9. Right or wrong, it's also a play to win the game.

    • 3. Jan 11 2019 10:18AM by Leo

      Lots of options here, and over the board I'd play 8/2,7/2* - An alternative that might be worth considering is 13/7,14/9 which is less risky and prepares to make the key 5pt

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