• 2019 - Position 115

    XGID=--aA-BBCC---bBc--c-cBb-a--:0:0:1:44:0:0:3:0:10

    Money Play. How should Red play 44?

    Given that Red leads in the race it is logical to play 20/16(2) with two of the fours.

    Then it is really a question of playing 13/9(2) or 13/9, 7/3.

    The latter is the better move. It secures a three-point home board and a broken five-point prime. The blot left on the mid-point isn’t in too much danger as Red is likely to get return shots even if it is hit.

    After 20/16(2), 13/9, 7/3 Red will be doubling next turn on most sequences, and White will be hard-pushed to accept.

    3 Comments

    • 1. Jun 25 2019 1:59PM by Ben

      13/9(2);20/16(2) looks right to me.

    • 2. Jun 25 2019 5:05PM by Mackenzie

      I like Ben's play as well. Red has a reasonable lead in the race after this roll, so mobilizing the back checkers seems like the right idea. If Red gets hit, they will still be containing White anyway, and may well get a return shot. If not, it looks like a strong double could follow.

    • 3. Jun 25 2019 7:05PM by Leo

      I do agree that the play already mentioned looks reasonable - but I'm suspicious that maybe it's too reasonable! What would be another option? Certainly making the 3pt looks good, but there's an awkward three more 4s to move. If we go with making the 3pt then I think the most logical 3*4 would be 20/16(2), 13/9.

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