• 2019 - Position 62

    XGID=aBAB-aB-D---dB---c-d--b-B-:0:0:1:00:0:0:3:0:10

    Money Play. Should Red double? If doubled, should White take?

    A classic early game doubling question.

    With eleven checkers in the attack zone and the better home board Red should certainly consider doubling, despite his slightly odd structure. He is also ahead in the race.

    In fact, this is a clear double because Red wins a gammon nearly one third of the time from this position. Not doubling would be a big error.

    Equally well it is a trivial take for White who has no weaknesses other than his rear checkers.

    3 Comments

    • 1. Apr 10 2019 5:53AM by Mackenzie

      With a bit of an inner board development, a shot to potentially hit on their next turn, and only one checker on the bar, White should have an easy take. The double I am less sure about. On one hand, Red has 11 checkers in the zone; on the other, they have little flexibility. The blot on the 2-point is actually a double-edged sword: it is vulnerable to being hit (thus losing tempo), but is half a point already made. Asking Red to both cover that blot and hit on their 5-point may be asking too much with the current distribution. Of course, another factor is Jacoby Rule -- but I don't often play with it, so I'm not sure how big of an impact that has on these early-game 55 blitzes. I guess D/T.

    • 2. Apr 10 2019 8:10AM by Leo

      Clear take, like Mackenzie not sure about the double. White is outboarded 3.5 -2, and red has ammunition ready to give white's two blots a hard time, so I'd give a speculative double.

    • 3. Apr 10 2019 10:10AM by Peder

      Clear double. Red will attack with everything he has, even with 41 or a double blot. It's scary agiainst a competent player, but I think White has a take.

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