• 2019 - Position 164

    XGID=---BB-Cb-BBA----Ab-dbB-ad-:0:0:1:22:0:0:3:0:10

    Money Play. How should Red play 22?

    This is not a simple problem.

    It is to easy to play 16/10, 11/9 without too much thought.

    The correct tactic is to hinder White’s rear checkers as much as possible and not give them an easy ride home. The sentinel on the 16-pt must stay there. After that 11/9, 10/8(2), 6/4 looks clear.

    However, the tactic is to hinder as much as possible. XG easily finds 11/9, 6/2, 4/2 but I would wager few human players would find that play over the board. In XG terms 11/9, 10/8(2), 6/4 is nearly a blunder. It is truly merciless in its analysis.

    Once you see 11/9, 6/2, 4/2 it benefits are clear – the problem is seeing the play in the first place!

    2 Comments

    • 1. Sep 7 2019 11:15AM by Leo

      Another 22! The chances of getting this right are small :) - I'd play 11/9,10/8(2),6/4.

    • 2. Sep 7 2019 1:33PM by Ben

      Could 4/2(2); 3/1(2) possibly be correct here? Leo's play is surely reasonable but what does Red do on his next roll?

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