• 2019 -Position 171

    XGID=a-BBBCB-B---cB---c-bbbb---:0:0:1:65:0:0:0:13:10

    Match Play. 0-0 to 13. How should Red play 65?

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  • 2019 - Position 170

    XGID=aBBB-bB---D-bC---b-cab-b--:0:0:1:00:0:0:3:0:10

    Money Play. Should Red double? If doubled, should White take?

    The White checker on the bar makes just enough of a difference to push this into pass territory but it is very close. The number of extra gammons won is the key difference. The take is not an error in technical terms. Not doubling, however, is a double blunder.

    However, the double/pass decision is based upon perfect play. If Red were a cautious enough player to move 10/2 with a 62, following double/take, then you should take as White. (The correct play is 13/7, 10/8.)

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  • 2019 - Position 169

    XGID=-a-a-CCaC---dD-----bbbAbA-:1:1:1:51:7:9:0:13:10

    Match Play. Red trails 7-9 to 13. How should Red play 51?

    For money this would be a relatively close call between 13/7* and 8/7*, 8/3.

    At this score it is no contest and any play other than 8/7*, 8/3* is at least a blunder. Most of the time Red will seeking to get in a powerful redouble or playing on for the gammon (or both!). This is not the time for caution. If thing go badly for him Red will lose a gammon and the match so he should think positively and play the move that maximises his match equity.

    That play is 8/7*, 8/3*.

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  • 2019 - Position 168

    XGID=--a-BBCaB-b--A--aBbcc-bAAA:0:0:1:42:4:6:1:7:10

    Match Play. Red trails 4-6 (Crawford) 7. How should Red play 42?

    For money bar/23, 6/2* would be a blunder because of the gammons lost but here Red doesn’t care about losing a gammon.

    It turns out that bar/21, 23/21 and bar/22, 6/2* have virtually identical equities so you can take your pick at this match score.

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  • 2019 - Position 167

    XGID=-ca-BBCC----bC---a-bcAb-aA:0:0:1:00:8:2:0:11:10

    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.

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