• 2019 -Position 106

    XGID=-Aaa-BCAB---dDa--c-e----B-:0:0:1:11:0:0:3:0:10

    Money Play. How should Red play 11?

    Over the board I failed the test and played the wooden 24/22, 7/5.

    Correct is the dramatic 5/3*/2*/1, going for the blitz.

    In a quiz it is easy to find the correct play but not so easy in live play. So, keep your eye out for such opportunities – they are not always easy to spot!

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  • 2019 - Position 105

    XGID=----bBE-C--BeB---a-c-bb-A-:0:0:1:31:6:6:0:7:10

    Match Play. Double Match Point. How should Red play 31?

    This is close between 24/20 and 24/23, 6/3 But trying to escape the rear checker with 24/20 wins by small margin.

    When ahead in the race, race, as you may have heard me say before!

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  • 2019 - Position 104

    XGID=aBBAa-B-BA--cCA--e-e----A-:1:-1:1:31:0:0:3:0:10

    Money Play. How should Red play 31?

    This is not the time for pusillanimity by playing 13/9.

    A blitz is a blitz and it must be continued until it succeeds or fails – normally in dramatic fashion.

    The correct play here 8/4*.

    13/9 is a blunder and anything else is much worse.

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  • 2019 - Position 103

    XGID=-bCbDCBCa---a--------bbbc-:1:-1:1:32:0:0:3:0:10

    Money Play. How should play 32?

    A relatively easy one. Over the board it’s just too easy to play on automatic and move 7/2 but that leaves Red open to catastrophic rolls of 65 and 54 next turn.

    Even if hit after 7/4, 7/5 Red is very unlikely to lose with the state of White’s home board.

    7/5, 7/4 wins more games and more gammons. What more do you want? An remember, don’t play on automatic!

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  • 2019 - Position 102

    XGID=-XGID=-a--BBBCBaA-----bb-d-abBbA:0:0:1:55:10:5:0:13:10

    Match Play. Red leads 10-5 to 13. How should play 55?

    This one is close. Over the board I played bar/20, 23/18(2), 10/5 but that turns out to be third best.

    It is very close call between bar/15, 8/3(2), neatly duplicating White’s aces and strengthening the home board and bar/15, 23/18(2), advancing the rear anchor and the checker from the bar.

    The former wins by a very short head but either play is OK. My o-t-b play is classified as a blunder because it allows White a blitz attack against the Red checker remaining on White’s 5-pt.

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