• 2019 - Position 113

    Position courtesy of Phil Simborg.

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    Match Play. Double Match Point. How should Red play 21?

    Hardly anybody gets this position correct unless they have been taught the technique.

    If this was a money game with White owning the cubes then 7/6, 3/1* would be the correct play because of the extra gammons.

    At DMP gammons are irrelevant and so most people would play 7/6, 7/5. Of course, White may still anchor on the ace-point and win from there. In fact, the best move is 6/5, 6/4!!

    Now White may be forced to enter on Red’s 6-pt and miss out on anchoring on the ace-point. In addition Red clears the most difficult home board point.

    Once you see the move its advantages become obvious and once you have learnt the technique you can employ it in future games. So, now you have an advantage over your competitors!

    4 Comments

    • 1. Jun 21 2019 3:57PM by Peder

      7/6, 7/5. You can't neglect White's 5-prime.

    • 2. Jun 21 2019 6:55PM by Leo

      In a money game where gammons were an issue (the cube on 2 or more), I would hit with 8/7,2/1*. In this position, gammons are no issue and I just want to win the game - hitting is too dangerous and I would just break the 7 pt with 7/5,7/6

    • 3. Jun 21 2019 7:06PM by Mackenzie

      I certainly don't like giving White the chance to play a pretty solid ace-point game, but I too would sooner risk that than getting hit. 7/6, 7/5.

    • 4. Jun 23 2019 5:54PM by Ben

      My take on this position is this: The worst thing that can happen to Red is for White to anchor on the ace point. Therefore, I play 3/1*;8/7.

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