• 2019 - Position 205

    XGID=--C-A-EBC---A-b-acadbaa---:0:0:1:00:2:2:0:7:10

    Match Play. 2-2 to 7. Should Red double? If doubled, should White take?

    Note: i am still in the main tournament in Cyprus so the solution to this problem will appear on Tuesday November 12th, when normal service will be resumed.

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  • 2019 - Position 204

    XGID=-aBCBBC-------A---Ac-bbdcA:1:1:1:00:3:7:0:13:10

    Match Play. Red trails 3-7 to 13. Should Red redouble? If redoubled, should White take?

    This is from my first-round match in Cyprus. I redoubled and my opponent passed.

    The redouble is correct – it would be premature for money. The take is actually very easy. White easily has 25% (actually he has 41%!!) and is unlikely to get gammoned. My opponent was scared of me fanning and then him rolling something like 43 or 54. Even then I have to hit so the parlay where he loses a gammon is unlikely although it happens 11% of the time and hence why the redouble is correct.

    The match score had undue influence on my opponent and he paid the price.

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  • Website This Week and Website Update

    Tomorrow I depart for Cyprus for the major tournament there. This is a fantastic tournament and I am really looking forward to the coming week, meeting backgammon friends from around the world.

    There will be no posting tomorrow or next Monday 11th November but I hope to post on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week (hotel Wifi permitting!).

    During the week I will also be doing online commentary on matches from the later rounds from Cyprus and all being well I will post the link to the live stream here.

    This webiste was built nearly six years ago and is reliant on Flash technology. Support for Flash is ending in 2020. Therefore, some time before Christmas I intend to launch an updated version of the site which has no dependency on Flash. This will mean I can update it from my iPad and iPhone as well as my laptop and hopefully it will remove any problems for readers. The website is likely to be down for a couple of days around the time of the update but I will provide advance notice.

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  • 2019 - Position 203

    XGID=---BCcE-BC--c---ab-b-bb---:0:0:1:00:2:6:0:7:10

    Match Play. Red trails 0-2 to 7. Should Red redouble? If redoubled, should White take?

    For money this would be a grossly premature redouble but at this score Red cannot afford to lose his market. Now not redoubling would be a massive blunder.

    Yet again the match score completely dominates the cube decision.

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  • 2019 - Position 202

    XGID=---BCcE-BC--c---ab-b-bb---:0:0:1:00:2:6:0:7:10

    Match Play. Red trails 2-6 (post- Crawford). Should Red double? If doubled, should White take?

    This is posted as a reminder that you can wait too long to double post-Crawford. Red held on the cube too long before doubling. Now, because of the gammon threat, White must drop the double and play from 6-3 ahead. A salutary tale indeed!

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