• 2019 - Position 75

    XGID=-aaB--D-CB--dB----ccBba---:0:0:1:65:0:0:1:0:10

    Money Play. How should Red play 65?

    Over the board I chose 20/9 but it is too early to commit to the running game plan.

    Red should keep his options open with the Double Tiger play 8/2*, 6/1*.

    You only have to change the position slightly to change the answer. Move the spare checker from White’s 6-pt to his 3-pt and then 20/9 is correct and 8/2*, 6/1* is the wrong plan.

    Move the spare checker from White’s bar-pt to his 3-pt and now running is too risky and 8/2*, 6/1* is once more correct and 20/9 is a blunder. Tricky game, backgammon!

    4 Comments

    • 1. Apr 27 2019 5:42AM by Rumen

      I know 11 pips lead before rolling is not enough to leave the anchor (boards being equal), but 6/2*. 5/1* is just too loose for me. I would run, creating a useful builder on the 9 point.

    • 2. Apr 27 2019 8:12AM by Leo

      I believe it is between the two plays Peder points out. The double hitting play isn't as loose as it first seems, as red has the best defensive anchor and white a blot in his own home board. If white rolls badly, I sniff a well timed double and a difficult decision for white. Nevertheless, hitting on the 1 and 2 pts, leaving big gaps in the middle of red's home board doesn't look too good and red is well ahead in the race. So, I would race 20/9.

    • 3. Apr 27 2019 8:13AM by Leo

      I should of course say 'Rumen'! Apologies!

    • 4. Apr 27 2019 11:39AM by Peder

      Double Tiger! 8/2*, 6/1*. With eleven men in the zone Red has the ammo to carry out a blitz.

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