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2019 - Position 128

By Chris Bray, Jul 17 2019 04:39PM


Match Play. Red leads 4-0 to 7. Should Red double? If doubled, should White take?

For money this is a huge double and a huge pass but the match score changes things dramatically.

I was watching when Red doubled and White took very quickly. Of course White will be redoubling very swiftly if he gets an opportunity. In the game Red won a gammon and the match but were the cube actions correct?

White was correct, it is a trivial take at this score. XG indicates no double by a very small margin – Red should play for an undoubled gammon.

In practice I would always double this – you are going to get a lot of passes.

Jul 17 2019 11:11PM by Mackenzie

My best guess would be Double/Take. Prime vs. prime positions are usually takes, and White is pretty far down in the match. Red may have some difficulty escaping the rear checker, but most sequences after Red rolls a 6 appear to be market losers.

Jul 18 2019 04:32AM by Leo

Double/Take. Very strong position for red, which it has to be for him to double at this score. I think white can take. He has an anchor, and the home board is as strong as red's. Red's back checker might have some difficulty coming out and white is well behind in the match

Jul 18 2019 10:57AM by Peder

ND/T. If Red wins, he has good chances for a gammon, so I would just roll on.

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