• 2019 - Position 120


    Match Play. Double Match Point. How should Red play 11?

    This is a lesson in back game technique.

    Red needs to make it as difficult as possible for White to clear his outer board points. He does that by exerting pressure on them and so 23/22(2) is an essential part of the solution. If, in due course, he has to give up the 21-pt then he is left with a viable 3-pr holding game.

    The other two aces are less important but 7/5 is marginally better than anything else.


    • 1. Jul 3 2019 2:37PM by Peder

      23/22, 8/6. Red's main problem here is timing, and the move suggested improves it.

    • 2. Jul 3 2019 2:59PM by  Ben

      I like 7/3 here. This gives White bad 6's & likely represents Red's best chance to win the game from here.

    • 3. Jul 3 2019 11:08PM by Mackenzie

      Well, Chris tried to teach us in an earlier post that contiguous points are more valuable, so I'll go with 23/22(2), 8/6.

    • 4. Jul 4 2019 5:47AM by Leo

      Timing is an issue here, so moviving 23/22(2) looks righrt - It also puts pressure on white's 9 and 10 pts when bearing in. I'd then play 7/5 to give full diversification when making the 3 and 2 pts.

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