• 2019 - Position 96

    XGID=-BBB--CbD---cB----abcbb---:1:-1:1:53:0:0:1:0:10

    Money Play. How should Red play 53?

    Red has doubled so must win through his play of the checkers. He can pay now with 13/10, 13/8 or pay later with 8/5, 6/1. Which is correct?

    The answer is that the two plays have identical equities and so either play is correct. What this position provides is a very good reference for this type of problem so please remember it for future use.

    Note that if the cube was in the centre Red should have doubled before rolling but if he had rolled this 53 with the cube in the centre then 13/10, 13/8 would be a double blunder. Never give your opponent the chance to win the game without making him pay for that opportunity. In other words, you must double first before paying now.

    2 Comments

    • 1. May 29 2019 4:33PM by Peder

      13/8, 13/10. This would be right without those spares on the 8-point, and I think it's right here too. Red is not likely to get his double, and a single shot is better than a double shot. It goes against the very useful advice "never volunteer!".

    • 2. May 29 2019 11:55PM by Mackenzie

      I agree with Peder that Red must pay now. White's board is improving with no shortage of timing. Red is not likely to get a better roll than this one to clear the mid point. With White owning the cube, I'm not sure how much life after death there is here; but it is worth noting that White could leave a few return shots, especially after hitting with 21.

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