• 2019 - Position 1


    Money Play. How should Red play 32?

    Behind in the race, with ten checkers in White’s attack zone and with no home board Red should be splitting his rear checkers here, although over the board he played 24/22, 13/10.

    Red should keep his ace-point anchor and attempt to strengthen his home board. 8/5, 6/4 is too bold.

    The correct play is 13/11, 8/5, leaving White only one hitting number. As ever Red must balance risk with reward and 13/11, 8/5 does just that.


    • 1. Jan 2 2019 5:35PM by Peder

      8/5, 6/4, pure style.

    • 2. Jan 3 2019 9:28AM by Leo

      Would be interesting to know the sequence of rolls that led to this position. White has 10 checkers bearing down on his home board (like in an opening 55 but better), so this suggests that red shouldn't split his back checkers. I like Peder's play of unloading two checkers from a heavy stack to the best two points in the home board, but given that white has the stronger home board this might be an overplay. What about 13/11,6/5 or 13/10,6/4? There is some duplication of 4s with the former play and the 5pt is better than the 4pt, so I would go for that.

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