• 2019 - Position 19


    Money Play. How should Red play 62?

    There are two game plans here: 24/18, 7/5 which is less risky but if White rolls a 3 he will be in the game forever.

    Alternatively, 24/18, 5/3* follows the maxim of ‘never let your opponent anchor in a blitz’. In this instance the two plays are remarkably close in equity. Both plays win the same percentage of single games, but the hitting play both wins and loses more gammons. Trailing in a match the hitting play is clearly correct.

    For money the hitting play wins the contest but only by 0.016 equity points so neither play can be deemed to be an error.


    • 1. Feb 4 2019 6:10PM by Peder

      24/18, 5/3*. Don't let her anchor!

    • 2. Feb 4 2019 6:38PM by Leo

      24/18,7/5 is also very tempting - a sweet 5pt board. However, if white rolls a three he's right back in the mix. There must be more gammons in the hitting play so I go with 24/18,5/3* too.

    • 3. Feb 5 2019 10:05PM by Ben

      7/5; 24/18. Making the 5 point here is quite significant.

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