• 2019 - Position 150


    Money Play. Should Red double? If doubled, should White take?

    Red leads in the race, has the better board plus he has threats, hitting with 9s. 10s and 11s plus some doubles.

    All of this adds up to a double in what is a highly volatile position. Not doubling is a blunder.

    Equally well White has no weaknesses, trails by only 10 pips and any anchor will give him excellent chances so he has a comfortable take. Dropping is a double blunder.

    So, the answer is double and take. After double and take, how would you play 44 as Red?


    • 1. Aug 17 2019 4:56AM by Mackenzie

      Looks to me like it would be a blunder to drop this one. The race deficit is small, and the threats don't appear to be overwhelming yet. Is it a double? With White's home board blot, I think Red would be happy to hit loose. Red may even have a chance to switch points. The threats are considerable enough that I think Red needs to activate gammons now. D/T

    • 2. Aug 17 2019 7:39AM by Leo

      D/T. Red is ahead in the race, has a stronger home board and has escaped the back checkers. red's checkers in the outfield are a little awkwardly placed, and for this reason I think white can take.

    • 3. Aug 17 2019 1:34PM by Ben

      n/d;take.Besides double 6's or double3's Red has few threats. If White anchors Red will likely regret doubling.

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