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  • Writer's pictureChris Bray

2020- Position 183

Updated: Oct 14, 2020


Match Play. Red trails 3-9 to 11. Should Red double? If doubled, should White take?

This was the position faced (as White) by Tim Cross in the final of the Florida Open on Sunday evening.

For money this is a big double and a trivial take. If Red fans White will win with a redouble. At this match score, however, it is rather more exciting as if things go well for him Red will get 7to -9. Note that White cannot win with a redouble so must win by using the checkers.

After long thought, Tim accepted the double. His opponent rolled double aces, but Tim still went on to win the game and the match.

The take was perfectly correct, although only by 0.03 equity points. Well played Tim, for having the courage to take under extreme pressure. It would have been very easy to drop and play from 9-4 ahead.

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