• 2019 - Position 92


    Money Play. How should Red play 33?



  • 2019 - Position 91


    Money Play. How should Red play 54?

    As those who have commented have noted this is a glorious opportunity for a Triple Tiger play with 8/3*, 6/2*!!

    Not only that, it is the correct play and anything else is a double blunder or worse.

    Red’s 5-pt anchor and White’s very poor structure give Red the licence for the big play.

    My old friend, Bigplay Barry McAdam would have loved this one. May he RIP.



  • 2019 - Position 90


    Match Play. Red trails 3-4 to 7. Should Red redouble? If redoubled, should White take?

    If Red loses this game he will trail 3-6 (Crawford) and have 18% match-winning chances.

    A winning shot at this score is enough to redouble. This shot might not win immediately but if missed White may leave more shots. All in all this is a crystal-clear double and not redoubling her is a double blunder.

    What for money would be a clear beaver becomes a strong redouble at this score. Yet again the score is the dominant factor.



  • 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.



  • 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.



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