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2019 - Position 219

By Chris Bray, Dec 2 2019 03:03PM

XGID=-BBBaDB-----B-----adc-bbbA:1:1:1:42:5:4:0:7:10


Match Play. Red leads 5-4 to 7. How should Red play 42?


Kill or be killed? That is the question. Bar/21, 5/3 is the passive play but bar/21, 6/4* is the right play.


It swaps 22% gammon losses for 13% extra wins so despite the score and the fact that a gammon for White wins him the match it is still the right play. The passive play is an error but not a blunder.






2 comments
Dec 2 2019 04:52PM by Peder

B/21, 6/4*. It's clearly the best move to win the game. When it backfires, it will cost many gammons, but it's more fun to play to win.

Dec 4 2019 01:35PM by Andy

Hello everybody. At last I can take part!

QF says 6/4* but as a gammon loses the match perhaps discretion with 5/3 is advisable on this occasion, while preserving the 5 point board to contain a potential future hit. There's still a lot to do even after 6/4*-dance.

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