• 2019 - Position 45

    XGID=-b---BD-D---dC----bc--bbB-:0:0:1:43:0:0:3:0:10

    Money Play. How should Red play 43?

    While White has only nine checkers in the attack zone Red must step up from the back and the right way to do so is with 24/21, 24/20.

    If one checker is hit loose Red hopes to make an anchor using the other one. The move also gives Red some command of White’s outer board.

    24/20, 8/5 is a bad error while 13/9, 8/5 is a blunder. Red is running out of time and must get those rear checkers moving now!

    Note that if you take a checker from Red’s 6-pt and put it on his mid-point then 13/9, 8/5 ties with 24/20, 24/21 because 13/9, 8/5 doesn’t strip the last spare off the mid-point and Red’s timing is better. As I may have mentioned before backgammon is a tricky game!

    4 Comments

    • 1. Mar 15 2019 7:56PM by Ben

      24/20; 8/5 looks right to me.

    • 2. Mar 16 2019 8:00AM by Leo

      24/20,24/21. A forward anchor is crucial for red before he gets totally hemmed in. I think bringing both forward doubles the opportunity to do so.

    • 3. Mar 16 2019 1:20PM by Peder

      13/9, 8/5. Red has good prospects in a priming battle.

    • 4. Mar 17 2019 6:09AM by Rumen

      Agree with Peter - I am not spliting here, against a better board and having a reasonable priming chances.

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