• 2019 - Position 148


    Money Play. How should Red play 32?

    Those who commented got this on right. The correct play is 14/12*, 4/1 with the idea of recirculating the checkers on the 4-pt to create an outer board full prime and use that to collapse White’s home board.

    14/128. 7/4 is a bad error. `everything else is a blunder or worse.

    The bots taught us this technique and it is now more commonplace than it used to be, but I frequently see players miss the opportunity for such plays. Show this idea to a player from the 1970s and he would seriously question your sanity. Such is progress!


    • 1. Aug 14 2019 9:54PM by Mackenzie

      I would be inclined to hit in this position, even if it comes at the expense of giving White more timing. It puts another checker behind Red's impressive prime, which could be key to getting White's board to crush. Red then could play 12/9, 14/11, or 4/1 with the three. Getting those deeper checkers recirculated might keep White from gaining good timing. The 4-pt has some value, though, because if White were to anchor there, they would have sixes to run out with. Still, I'll go with the wild play 14/12*, 4/1. To me, it looks like Red's prime will have to be deconstructed before too much crushing can happen, unless something can be recirculated. Want to avoid the well-timed 2-3 backgame. Could be a huge blunder, though! Defending against 3-anchor backgames is so hard.

    • 2. Aug 15 2019 10:47AM by Alastair Woods

      this looks like one of those ones that seem weird the first time you see them as a problem, but come up every now and then - 14/12* then 4/1 to perhaps force white to hit and create some timing for red.

    • 3. Aug 15 2019 11:50AM by Ben

      I favor the simple 14/12*; 14/11.

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