2019 - Position 21
By Chris Bray, Feb 7 2019 04:32PM
Money Play. How should Red play 53?
Over the board 13/5 was played but that is a blunder.
That checker on Red’s mid-point is needed to keep the pressure on White’s blot on Red’s 11-pt and to give him a difficult choice with his small numbers.
Both 10/5, 8/5 or the simple 10/2 are correct. If White hits the checker on the mid-point Red may make an anchor in White’s board and this is a situation where he may be better off with two checkers back rather than one.
This technique is often overlooked in live play and I think it is an important technique to learn. Backgammon is all about pressure and here 13/5 takes the pressure off White.
10/5, 8/5. Right or wrong, I play to win!