• 2019 - Position 167


    Match Play. Red leads 8-2 to 11. Should Red double? If doubled, should White take?

    Beware of doubling with a large lead when your opponent has an anchor! For money this would be a ludicrous take but at this score it is nearly a double blunder to double.

    White will be spinning the cube back on 4 with any excuse and were he win a gammon he would be 10-8 (Crawford) ahead.

    At this score Red should be playing on for an undoubled gammon, holding the cube in reserve to be used later on when the situation is much clearer.


    • 1. Sep 11 2019 9:32PM by Leo

      At this score ND/T. For money I think it's a double massive pass, but white at this score will be eager to whip the cube back and make up for his huge deficit in the match. Red shouldn't give him that opportunity yet.

    • 2. Sep 12 2019 12:22AM by Ben

      D/T. Red enters/hits with well over 50% of his rolls here. And even if White double anchors , it's unlikely that he can retain his board before he collapses. If doubled, Red should expect a 4 cube to come back to him, however.

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