• 2019 - Position 163


    Match Play. 2-2 to 7. How should Red play 22?

    After either 16/12, 13/9 or 16/12, 13/11, 8/6 followed by a fan from White Red will redouble and White must pass.

    Now the interesting bit. For money 16/12, 13/11, 8/6 is correct. However, at this score losing a gammon is very bad for Red as he will be 2-6 (Crawford) down. 16/12, 13/9 reduces the gammon risk because there is no direct shot and no double hits. That is enough to swing the vote to 16/12, 13/9 and to have the slotting play classified as an error.

    In addition, 16/12, 13/9 followed by a fan not all Whites will pass the redouble while after the slotting play followed by a fan nobody will be taking. Always give your opponent a chance to make a mistake!

    Over the board I slotted and only learnt all of the above after post-match analysis. I may have said this before, but backgammon certainly is not an easy game!


    • 1. Sep 5 2019 3:10PM by Peder

      16/12, 13/11, 8//6. If missed, Red wins with the cube if missed.

    • 2. Sep 5 2019 4:15PM by Leo

      Agree with Peder. Nothing to add.

    • 3. Sep 6 2019 2:19AM by Ben

      I like Leo's & Peder's play!

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