• 2019 - Position 108

    XGID=--aabBC-CaBAb----b-bbBb-AA:0:0:1:44:0:0:3:0:10

    Money Play. How should Red play 44?

    Over the board it so oh so easy to play bar/21, 10/2*, 6/2 and think nothing is wrong.

    However, Red must think about how he is going wo win this game and preventing White from establishing a second anchor is a key part of that plan. The Double Tiger play bar/21, 11/3*, 6/2 is the only play in the position that is not a blunder.

    As well as preventing White’s second anchor it could well be the start of a blitz by Red.

    Irrespective of what Red plays White is still the favourite in this position but he must make the best of what he has been given so the Double Tiger play it is. In fairness, before 1995 nobody would have found this play and even now we are only beginning to see Double Tiger plays a ‘normal’.

    3 Comments

    • 1. Jun 14 2019 6:49PM by Mackenzie

      I can't imagine that the Double Tiger play (bar/21, 11/3*, 6/2*) is correct. White has a better home board and an advanced anchor, while Red already has four checkers in White's home board. The only other valid play I see is bar/21, 10/2*, 6/2. This breaks the very valuable 10-pt, but makes an inner board point in addition to putting Red in a rather favourable position when White fans. Tempo seems to be important in these sorts of positions where there are lots of checkers back on both sides; so hitting while reducing the risk of a return shot is advisable.

    • 2. Jun 15 2019 4:38PM by Ben

      My take on this position given the roll of double 4's is that the Double Tiger play likely represents Red's best chance to win this game. He can hopefully double anchor as well as place an extra checker on the 21 point. Retaining the 10 point is quite usefl to Red here.

    • 3. Jun 16 2019 6:03PM by Leo

      Double tiger for me - Must stop white from getting another anchor.

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