• 2019 - Position 54


    Match Play. Red trails 4-5 to 17. How should Red play 53?

    It should be clear that the 5 should be played 21/16, four checkers on the 21-pt is grossly inefficient. The question is how to play.

    Red is trying to contain a single White checker. Ideally, he’d like to make his 3-pt, but he doesn’t have the ammunition for that. However, if White enters on Red’s ace-point Red would dearly like to have his bar-point made as a blocking point. This leads us to the correct play of the 3, namely 10/7, which starts the bar-point.

    Over the board 11/8 was played but that play really doesn’t help Red and is overly cautious in a position where will need to take some risks to turn the game round in his favour. That play is a blunder.

    Second best is 21/18, 21/16 getting two checkers off the 21-pt. That play is only just an error and many would choose it but 21/16, 10/7 puts the checkers where you want them to follow the best game plan.


    • 1. Mar 28 2019 11:52AM by Leo

      21/18,21/16. Get those back checkers up and running whilst white is on the bar.

    • 2. Mar 28 2019 5:18PM by Peder

      21/16, 10/7. I don't want to give White a safe entry.

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