• 2019 - Position 86


    Match Play. Red leads 3-2 to 7. Should Red double? If doubled, should White take?

    A classic volatile middle game position. White’s four blots invite a double which is perfectly correct and not doubling is a blunder.

    The take is very clear as White has so many ways to win the game from here, especially as Red is on the bar and fans 11% of the time. Passing this would be worse than a quadruple blunder.

    Interesting things happen when you play around with moving the checkers in Red’s home board. Give him his 5-pt and 4-pt instead of his 3-pt and 2-pt and the position becomes double and big pass at this score but double and an easy take for money.


    • 1. May 13 2019 3:00PM by Leo

      Lot's of nice rolls for red here, and plenty of gammons to be had which would be game and match. Double. White is by no means dead, and behind in the match. Take.

    • 2. May 13 2019 5:39PM by Ben

      D/T. A reasonable double even with only ten men in the zone. However, expect an immediate reship by Red to four.

    • 3. May 13 2019 5:45PM by Ben

      Forgive my comment re-shipping to 4. I thought it was a 5 point match.


    • 4. May 13 2019 6:51PM by Peder

      D/T it is.

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