• 2019 - Position 21

    XGID=-BAB-AD-B-Bab---abcd-b--A-:0:0:-1:00:0:0:3:0:10

    Money Play. How should Red play 53?

    Over the board 13/5 was played but that is a blunder.

    That checker on Red’s mid-point is needed to keep the pressure on White’s blot on Red’s 11-pt and to give him a difficult choice with his small numbers.

    Both 10/5, 8/5 or the simple 10/2 are correct. If White hits the checker on the mid-point Red may make an anchor in White’s board and this is a situation where he may be better off with two checkers back rather than one.

    This technique is often overlooked in live play and I think it is an important technique to learn. Backgammon is all about pressure and here 13/5 takes the pressure off White.

    2 Comments

    • 1. Feb 7 2019 8:23PM by Peder

      10/5, 8/5. Right or wrong, I play to win!

    • 2. Feb 7 2019 9:42PM by Ben

      13/8;/10/7

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