• 2019 - Position 158


    Match Play. 2-2 to 7. How should Red play 43?

    8/5, 8/4 prepares for a shot that may never come.

    22/15* is the right idea, despite the four blots. Red has the long-term security of the 5-pt anchor so he can afford some risk here. Surprisingly 8/5, 8/4 is nearly a double blunder. Once again, the age-old adage of “when in doubt, hit” provides the right answer.

    I must say I was surprised by the equity loss in playing 8/5, 8/4.

    I have got better at hitting in situations like this but I got this one wrong – I played, 8/5, 8/4!


    • 1. Aug 29 2019 6:30PM by Peder

      22/15*. To play a 53 backgame I want 33 points timing. Here it's only 27, so Red has to change game plan to a holding game.

    • 2. Aug 30 2019 5:43AM by Leo

      I prefer 8/4,8/5 - There should be the opportunity to run off one of the anchors later, and white will have to be more careful to hit loose with red having a 4pt board.

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