• 2019 - Position 145

    XGID=-BB-B-BbC---bB-b--Bccb-a--:1:1:1:42:4:4:0:11:10

    Money Play. How should Red play 42?

    I admit to playing 8/2 over the board, having considered and rejected 8/6, 8/4.

    I didn’t even consider the correct play of 13/11, 13/9!

    8/2 is just too wooden and inflexible. What will Red do next turn?

    This has become a ‘pay me now, pay me later’ problem. It turns out that paying now is very clear. While White has only a three-point home board and there is some duplication of fours breaking the mid-point is correct.

    If you move a checker from White’s 6-pt to his 2-pt, giving him a four-point home board, then the dull 8/2 is correct.

    8/6, 8/4 is not quite an error and is the second-best play.

    2 Comments

    • 1. Aug 9 2019 8:35PM by Ben

      8/6;8/4.

    • 2. Aug 10 2019 9:02AM by Peder

      I know it's ugly, but I would play 8/2. White is in a kind of zugzwang with all outside points stripped.

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