• 2019 - Position 57


    Money Play. How should Red play 53?

    If you play quickly you might choose 11/6, 8/5, with the idea of either priming White’s rear checker or falling into a well-timed back game.

    The problem is that Red doesn’t really have the timing for a back game and 11/6, 8/5 cedes control of the outfield. Red would like to have to give up his mid-point if possible.

    This leads us to the correct play of 21/16, 9/5. This keeps the two-way game plan. The play: fights for outer board control; keeps the 3-pt as a fall-back plan; triplicates White’s fours; gives Red the possible option of making the 16-pt next time, thus providing communication between Red’s checkers.

    All other plays are at least errors and 11/6, 8/5 is a blunder (just).


    • 1. Apr 2 2019 1:56PM by Peder

      I play 11/6, 8/5 any day of the week. It's a matter of style, and I like this two-way strategy.

    • 2. Apr 2 2019 3:04PM by Leo

      Timing is poor for a backgame. I'd play 21/16,8/5. Nice duplication of 4s, ans plenty of cover numbers for the slotted 5pt if not hit.

    • 3. Apr 3 2019 8:24PM by Ben

      I like 21/16; 11/8.

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