• 2019 -Position 171

    XGID=a-BBBCB-B---cB---c-bbbb---:0:0:1:65:0:0:0:13:10

    Match Play. 0-0 to 13. How should Red play 65?

    The key to this position is the doubling cube. For money this would be double/pass due to the Jacoby Rule.

    In a match the correct technique is to play on for the gammon with no risk if possible. Here Red should simply play 8/3, 8/2. If White enters with an ace Red should cash the game. If he fans Red should play on for the gammon.

    I got this wrong over the board playing 13/2 but that move and any other move that is not 8/3, 8/2 is a blunder. I found this a very useful learning exercise as it will enable me to play similar positions correctly in the future.

    4 Comments

    • 1. Sep 17 2019 6:08PM by Mackenzie

      Bearing two checkers in leaves the rear checkers stranded, and playing 13/2 buries a spare, which could affect the number of gammons won. Playing on for gammon, I think Red can afford to take a small risk with 13/7, 13/8.

    • 2. Sep 17 2019 6:10PM by Mackenzie

      Which says nothing of 13/7, 8/3, but I'm definitely too chicken for a play like that!

    • 3. Sep 17 2019 7:16PM by Peder

      I would play 8/3, 8/2.

    • 4. Sep 18 2019 12:16PM by Ben

      13/7;8/3 for me.

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