2019 - Position 46
By Chris Bray, Mar 18 2019 05:39PM
Match Play. Red trails 3-5 to 7. How should Red play 54?
For money it is clear that the correct play is 21/16, 13/9, playing to prime the two rear White checkers. However, at this score, gammons are very valuable to Red as they win the match for him. That means that 7/2*, 6/2 must be given serious consideration.
Over the board I would choose the hitting play. The rollout has 21/16, 13/9 as better by 0.005. With that sort of difference, I am definitely hitting. How about you?
Priming or blitzing? I'm not sure, but over the board I'd go for 7/2,6/2* to increase my gammon chances and win the match outright.
I didn't even see Leo's play here but I like it, especially having doubled.