2019 - Poaition 191
By Chris Bray, Oct 17 2019 05:22PM
Money Play. Should Red double? If doubled, should White take?
It is very close but White should pass here, although taking is not technically an error.
The position is a good benchmark because if the race was one pip better in White’s favour he would have a take.
As it is the fact that he cannot anchor tells against him too much and the 11% gammons that he loses push him into drop territory.
D/T would be my play. Red should double now before establishing a greater prime. As for the take, I think the fact that White has made the 5-pt makes all the difference. White can realistically only win by hitting from here, but there is still a lot of play left in the game.
D/P. Red has fully escaped the back checkers and leads in the race by 18 pips before the roll. Although red has a slightly awkward distribution of checkers, I don't think white can take. The racing lead is just too much.
Having made his 5 point & only one checker back, I believe White has a take here. Red has yet to make an inside point & with only one checker back gammons seem unlikely.