• 2019 - Position 71


    Money Play. How should Red play 44?

    Red is going to play a back game. The question is which one?

    The point of the problem is that he does not yet have to make a decision. By playing 13/9, 11/3, 7/3 he can keep all his options open for at least one more roll and possibly longer. Any of the other moves that don’t move the rear checkers are also OK.

    Over the board 20/16(2), 13/9(2) was played but that move is a double blunder because it relieves some of the pressure on White’s position and commits Red to a 1-4 back game earlier than necessary.

    The key here is not only solve the immediate problem but to remember the technique for future occasions.


    • 1. Apr 22 2019 4:57PM by Peder

      20/16(2), 13/9(2). I thiink this move strikes the right balance.

    • 2. Apr 22 2019 6:35PM by Mackenzie

      20/16(2) seems clear to me, because otherwise the checkers get separated too much and we advance too quickly. With how far behind in the race we are, I can't imagine that touching the checkers on the 24-point could ever be a good idea. That leaves us with a couple options, of which I prefer 13/9, 11/7. Ones are duplicated, I don't mind getting hit, and the bar point is valuable.

    • 3. Apr 22 2019 7:10PM by Leo

      13/5,13/9,11/7. No need to move the back checkers just yet.

    • 4. Apr 22 2019 10:25PM by Ben

      I like Leo's play here.

    • 5. Apr 22 2019 10:30PM by Ben

      I favor 11/7;7/3(2) & 13/9. Sorry about my earlier entry.

    • 6. Apr 23 2019 5:47AM by Mackenzie

      Looking back over this, I am quite fond of Ben's play...

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