2019 - Position 174
By Chris Bray, Sep 20 2019 03:14PM
Money game. How should Red play 53?
With those two blots in White’s home board this is not the time for 7/2, 6/3.
Red must choose between 14/11, 14/9, clearing the most awkward point but leaving two blots and 13/10, 13/8, leaving only a single blot.
On an initial evaluation XG likes 14/11, 14/9 but on a long rollout it prefers 13/10, 13/8. It turns out the extra flexibility of 14/11, 14/9 is outweighed by having just a single blot. Red can play on for a long time with just the one blot but that is not the case if he leaves two blots.
14/11, 14/9 is an error (just).
14/9, 14/11. Those two blots in White's inner board call for a positional move.It's strong and flashy and some opponents are afraid of hitting, even when it's their best chance!
14/9,14/11 - As Peder says the blots in white's home board call for a more bold play. I this move fits the bill.