• 2019 - Position 72

    XGID=bB-B-BB-----bEb--b-c-bAbA-:0:0:1:00:0:0:0:5:10

    Match Play. 0-0 to 5. Should Red double? If doubled, should White take?

    The key to this problem is the match score.

    For money this a perfectly correct double and a perfectly correct take.

    At this score White should drop although it is quite close. Going 0-4 (Crawford) down in a five-point match is too big a risk. This is an important match play concept that I see ignored time and again.

    3 Comments

    • 1. Apr 23 2019 6:38PM by Leo

      Looks like a clear double. Two on the bar against a 4 pt board. Can white take? I don't think so. Too many gammons.

    • 2. Apr 23 2019 8:11PM by Ben

      An appropriate double. Take. Red lacks the ammunition to hit loose here. And all of White's checkers are in play.

    • 3. Apr 24 2019 3:28AM by Mackenzie

      Not sure that this is a take, so it must be a double. If White loses a gammon here, it will be Crawford's Game, so that's a hefty price to pay. Red doesn't have any builders in the zone at the moment, but will almost certainly next turn. White has a reasonable amount of development already, but I think I would still be too chicken to take this as White.

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