• 2019 - Position 41

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

    Clearly Red must double to activate his gammon threat. Not doubling is a triple blunder.

    The question is can White take? White has two main ways to win: Red never manages to escape his rear checker and his home board crashes; White anchors on Red’s 5-pt and wins from there. Note also that for the moment Red’s sixes are duplicated. If you move the checker on Red’s 11-pt to his 10-pt the position becomes a borderline drop/take.

    The second of these two options is White’s best chance. Although he loses a gammon 40% of the time White actually has a very comfortable take of Red’s double and dropping is a blunder. He wins the game 38% of the time.

    This was not an easy problem so don’t worry if you got it wrong but do learn from it. Next time you will get it right.

    1 Comment

    • 1. Mar 12 2019 1:43PM by Ben

      D/D. Red is threatening to pick up a second White checker here. And his 5 point board should give him enough time to escape his back checker.

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