• 2019 - Position 53

    XGID=--AaBBBA----cCa--c-dcC--A-:0:0:1:54:0:0:3:0:10

    Money Play. How should Red play 54?

    It looks tidy to play 13/9, 7/2 (as Red did over the board) but tidiness doesn’t win at backgammon, you need to play to the demands of the position.

    White has one rear checker so that means you should be thinking of attacking it. 7/3* is the correct play of the 4.

    Red could play 13/8 with the 5 but that strips the last spare off the mid-point and does nothing about the checkers in White’s home board. Red should take the opportunity, while White is on the bar, to release a rear checker with 21/16.

    The key to this play is flexibility. If things go well (White fans) Red can attempt to win by going forwards. If he gets a lot of blots hit, hopefully he can retrench and play a back game.

    Keep your options open.

    1 Comment

    • 1. Mar 27 2019 7:43PM by Peder

      Forward anchor, more men back and better board; the bold 7/3* is clear. The five is more difficult, but I prefer 21/16 for aesthetic reasons.

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