• 2019 - Position 87

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    Money Play. How should Red play 52?

    This is close and for years I would play bar/20/18 in such positions believing it was better to be hit outside rather than inside.

    In fact bar/20, 6/4 is very marginally the better play. It starts the point you want to make most in White’s board and also usefully unstacks the heavy 6-pt. The combination of these factors is just sufficient to outweigh the problems Red gets into when White rolls one of his ten pointing numbers that make his 5-pt.

    Bar/20/18 is not an error but it is a small strategic mistake.

    4 Comments

    • 1. May 14 2019 6:44PM by Peder

      B/18. Red needs a forward anchor, and I prefer to be pointed on at the bar point rather than the White five point. If White has to give up the midpoint, that's also a plus.The safer B/23, 13/8 is too passive.

    • 2. May 14 2019 11:01PM by Mackenzie

      I think I would play the diversion play with bar/18 as well. There is a reasonable amount of duplication happening after that play, and it also fits into Red's gameplan: get an advanced anchor before getting blitzed.

    • 3. May 15 2019 5:32AM by Leo

      I'm not sure bar/18 is the best approach. Being hit outside of white's home board only leaves indirect return shots. I'd play Bar 20,6/4, unstacking the heavy 6pt and attempting to make the best anchor in white's home board with direct return shots if white hits loose.

    • 4. May 15 2019 8:52PM by Ben

      Bar 18 likely represents Red's best opportunity to get his back checkers moving.

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