• 2019 - Position 102

    XGID=-XGID=-a--BBBCBaA-----bb-d-abBbA:0:0:1:55:10:5:0:13:10

    Match Play. Red leads 10-5 to 13. How should play 55?

    This one is close. Over the board I played bar/20, 23/18(2), 10/5 but that turns out to be third best.

    It is very close call between bar/15, 8/3(2), neatly duplicating White’s aces and strengthening the home board and bar/15, 23/18(2), advancing the rear anchor and the checker from the bar.

    The former wins by a very short head but either play is OK. My o-t-b play is classified as a blunder because it allows White a blitz attack against the Red checker remaining on White’s 5-pt.

    3 Comments

    • 1. Jun 6 2019 10:06PM by Ben

      B/20;23/17(2),10/5. This puts all of Red's checkers in play.

    • 2. Jun 6 2019 11:36PM by Mackenzie

      As far as I see it, there are three main candidate plays here: make the 3-point (with two variations), make the 18-point, or bar/10 23/18. I would play the latter. It duplicates White's twos, keeps pressure on White's blots, and offers excellent outfield control, all without sacrificing too much safety.

    • 3. Jun 7 2019 9:18AM by Peder

      B/15, 8/3(2). II want to preserve my anchor and guard the good score.

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