• 2018 - Position 82

    XGID=-aaB-cCBa-BBB----bcb-bB---:1:-1:1:55:4:6:0:7:10

    Match Play. Red trails 4-6 to 7. How should Red play 55?

    I like this one because the solution looks so anti-positional.

    We are taught never to give up our 6-pt and so many would play 11/1*, 7/2(2)* but the correct solution is 7/2(2)*, 6/1(2)*.

    This looks odd, but it is the best play to optimise the use of Red’s checkers, allowing the checkers on the 10-, 11- and 12-pts to become active as soon as possible. Any other play is a blunder.

    1 Comment

    • 1. May 20 2018 2:51PM by Peder

      7/2*(2), 6/1*(2). A gammon is very useful!

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