• 2019 - Position 68

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    Match Play. Red leads 6-3 (post-Crawford). How should Red play 62?

    Timidity doesn’t win much at backgammon. Red must play 13/5*. If not hit he should be able to win the game and the match. Occasionally he will lose a gammon and the match but White only has a three point board and if hit he will nearly certainly have return shots.

    10/2 costs Red 7% game-winning chances and that is too much. 13/5* only loses a gammon 8% of the time. 10/12 is a bad error but not quite a blunder.

    2 Comments

    • 1. Apr 17 2019 5:09PM by Leo

      Despite the dangers. I think red should hit 13/5*. Any miss by white, and it should be relatively easy to run home safely. The 'safe' play of 10/2 isn' so safe as there is lingering jeopardy for the two checkers on the mid-point. Pay now.

    • 2. Apr 18 2019 12:09PM by Peder

      13/5* it is. It will cost a few extra gammons, but I think it's worth it.

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