• 2019 - Position 2

    XGID=b--A-BC-B-A-eCA--bAbbb--A-:0:0:1:00:0:0:3:0:10

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

    Two on the bar is normally a recipe for a strong double. However, in this position Red has a lot of work to do to win the game and there are just not enough market losing sequences to justify turning the cube.

    To double here is a bad blunder. Red must respect White’s home board and seek to improves his position before doubling. Even after 31 (10/9, 6/3): Fan White will have a trivial take of Red’s double.

    2 Comments

    • 1. Jan 4 2019 1:39AM by Ben

      Is the glass half empty here or half full? Despite having two checkers in the air, all of White's checkers are in play & Red has 5 open checkers to reckon with.

      D/T.

      D/T.

    • 2. Jan 4 2019 1:17PM by Leo

      It's always scary to have 2 on the bar, but is it scary enough to pass if doubled? The race is slightly in favour of red, and he is threatening to make the 3pt or the 4pt. White has the stronger home board and no additional lone checkers, plus the fact red has a lot of work to do to bring his checkers home and simultaneously contain white's two checkers on the bar. So, I think white can take if doubled. I'm not actually sure if red has enough threats to cube. Making the 3 pt doesn't look lie a market loser, so if this is a double it's a very thin one.

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