• 2019 - Position 145


    Money Play. How should Red play 42?

    I admit to playing 8/2 over the board, having considered and rejected 8/6, 8/4.

    I didn’t even consider the correct play of 13/11, 13/9!

    8/2 is just too wooden and inflexible. What will Red do next turn?

    This has become a ‘pay me now, pay me later’ problem. It turns out that paying now is very clear. While White has only a three-point home board and there is some duplication of fours breaking the mid-point is correct.

    If you move a checker from White’s 6-pt to his 2-pt, giving him a four-point home board, then the dull 8/2 is correct.

    8/6, 8/4 is not quite an error and is the second-best play.


    • 1. Aug 9 2019 8:35PM by Ben


    • 2. Aug 10 2019 9:02AM by Peder

      I know it's ugly, but I would play 8/2. White is in a kind of zugzwang with all outside points stripped.

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