• 2019 - Position 67


    Money Play. Should Red redouble? If redoubled, should White take?

    Despite his racing lead White’s position is parlous. Those dead checkers on the ace-point spell potential ruin and some of his fives make matters even worse. He will lose a gammon 20% of the time.

    It is the gammon percentage that makes this a pass [plus the fact that even if he does hit a Red checkers he will not be able to contain it.

    Red must redouble and White must pass although it is only just a tiny error to do so.


    • 1. Apr 16 2019 8:03PM by Leo

      Looks like a big drop for white if red doubles. Totally disconnected, and 5 checkers out of play on his 1pt - can't decide if this is too good. I'd turn the cube - you never know you might get a take!

    • 2. Apr 17 2019 4:23AM by Mackenzie

      Leo's right -- he could get a take from a guy like me! Haha! 5 checkers on the ace point in the mid-game sure is ugly, but not something I have a lot of experience with. My eyes are too quick to jump to Red's unescaped checkers are White's lead in the race.

    • 3. Apr 17 2019 10:46AM by Peder

      Redouble, of course. White's position looks awful, but I think she can take. She has an anchor, and can play sixes from the back.

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