• 2019 - Position 117

    XGID=--a--BD-C-A-eD---d-e----A-:0:0:1:00:1:2:0:5:10

    Match Play. Red trails 1-2 to 7. Should Red double? If doubled, should White take?

    For money this is technically a double and a trivial take. The double is right on the borderline so waiting would be fine.

    At this score not doubling would be a blunder. Red could easily lose his market by his next turn so he must double now. The take is still quite comfortable.

    If this were a 5-pt match then taking would be nearly a quadruple blunder!

    The power of the match score is ably demonstrated by this problem.

    3 Comments

    • 1. Jun 27 2019 6:28PM by Ben

      This appears to be a position where Red has few bad rolls. Aside from 3/2, all of Red's rolls improve his position. However, I believe it's still N/D;T for White. Many conservative, timid players would drop, however.

    • 2. Jun 28 2019 8:49AM by Leo

      Double/take. Red is behind in the match, is slightly ahead in the race and has a better home board. Plus, there are some blitzing opportunities with 10 checkers in the zone. That's enough to double. White has a clear take imho, as red still has one checker back and his position is not overwhelming. White's structure is sound, albeit a bit stacked.

    • 3. Jun 28 2019 3:38PM by Peder

      The double is clear. In a money game I would take, but here I'm not so sure. D/D.

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