• 2019 - Position 140


    Match Play. Red trails 2-3 to 5. How should Red play 11?

    My apologies for misprinting the question. The dice roll was 11.

    I had this position against Ray Kershaw in a London League match a couple of months ago.

    I am please to say I found 18/17*, 5/2. This wins more games and gammons than any other play. Making the ace-point is far too weak. Look at how White’s 14 and especially 15 play after 18/17*, 5/2. Any move other than 18/7*, 5/2 is a blunder.

    I am pleased to say that I did win the gammon and the match, much to Ray’s chagrin!


    • 1. Aug 3 2019 7:18AM by Peder

      9/7, 4/1. I nearly missed that White can play the five first in case of 65. I guess it's because that's a typical bear-off thing and here there is an outside checker!

    • 2. Aug 3 2019 1:10PM by Ben

      The dice say double aces; the problem states Red has a 4-2 to play. So, the problem is a bit unclear.

      For double aces I suggest 18/17*; 5/2. For a 4/2 to play I like Peder's play.

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