• 2019 - Position 89


    Match Play. Red trails 3-4 to 7. How should Red play 31?

    In a money game it would be close between 9/5 and 20/17, 9/8 but at this score gammons are hugely valuable to Red and he must put pressure on White’s checkers on his mid-point so he gets a direct shot on most sixes.

    Either 20/16, or 20/17, 9/8 is OK. 9/5 is too passive and nearly a blunder.


    • 1. May 17 2019 5:05PM by Leo

      Had a very similar position recently. Well behind in the race, with the stronger home board, and white with a blot in his, maximizing contact is important. I'd play 20/17,7/6

    • 2. May 17 2019 5:42PM by Ben

      I like Leo's play!

    • 3. May 17 2019 8:18PM by Mackenzie

      Over the board, I'm sure I would play the passive 9/5; but the more I look at it, the more I'm convinced coming off the anchor is correct. For the remaining ace, I would play 9/8. It doesn't duplicate Red's fives after White rolls a six, and it retains two ways to complete the full prime. With one fewer crossover, it probably loses slightly more gammons, but I'd be willing to take the risk. The difference between the two plays may well be quite small.

    • 4. May 19 2019 4:31PM by Peder

      20/17, 9/8 for me.

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