• 2019 - Position 24

    XGID=-a---bECCaA-dB---b-c-b--A-:0:0:1:42:0:0:3:0:10

    Money Play. How should Red play 42?

    Red can safety the blot on the 10-pt and advance the back checker with either 24/20, 10/8 or 24/22, 10/6 or he can simply make his 4-pt.

    I quickly played what I thought was the logical 24/20, 10/8 but learnt the error of my ways in post-match analysis. Taking the long-term asset of the 4-pt is a better plan than trying to run now. White may not elect to hit if he rolls a 4.

    By no means an obvious play but a good position to learn from.

    4 Comments

    • 1. Feb 12 2019 6:44PM by Ben

      13/9*;13/10.

    • 2. Feb 12 2019 10:15PM by Vexus

      Up in the race so keep moving and don't get hit by playing 24/20 10/8. Not worth blitzing because white has your 5pt - even though you have enough checkers in the zone. Moving the back checker from the ace is good to put pressure on white's 8pt.

    • 3. Feb 13 2019 7:23AM by Leo

      24/20,10/8 for all the reasons vexus suggests.

    • 4. Feb 13 2019 8:45AM by Peder

      I want to play safe, too. However, I prefer 24/22, 10/6. I don't want to go to the point which the opponent is happy to make.

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