• 2019 - Position 88


    Money Play. How should Red play 11?

    Red has to decide which back game to play.

    I think in my youth I would have been happy with a 1-4 or 2-4 back game but experience has taught me that back games with contiguous points play better and thus the 3-4 game is the right one to play here by moving bar/22, 23/22.

    Remember also, that the higher the points the fewer the gammons you lose and that is borne out by the rollouts here.

    Nearly any other move is a blunder. Bar/24, 23/22, 8/7(2) is the second best move but even that gives up 0.075 equity points. So remember, go for contiguous points.


    • 1. May 16 2019 3:00AM by Ben

      I like Bar/ 24; 23/21;8/7 here..

    • 2. May 16 2019 5:44AM by Leo

      For me, it's a choice between making a second anchor bar22,23/22 or making red's 5 pt, bar24,8/5. Red's timing looks reasonable, so perhaps the high anchor is the way forward.

    • 3. May 16 2019 3:05PM by Peder

      I prefer B/23, 8/7(2).

    • 4. May 16 2019 11:53PM by Mackenzie

      A number of candidate plays here! I think all of the reasonable ones have been mentioned by the other gentlemen. As far as I can tell, Red would rather make the 23-point or the 22-point than hang back on the 24-point. However, Red also needs to start developing a front position -- and that stack on the 8-point is not helping. Given just how large the pip count difference is, I think the 23-point may actually be more valuable to Red than the 22-point. For these reasons, I like Peder's play: bar/23, 8/7(2).

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