2020 - Position 202
Updated: Nov 12
Money Play. How should Red play 41?
Never forget that backgammon is a race. After this roll Red will trail by 4 pips. In other words, the race is close.
Note also that White has a four-point prime with three Red checkers behind it and those checkers need to escape. That four-point prime is a powerful asset.
Awkward as it looks Red should play b/21, 6/5. This gives him plenty of spares to play with next turn and if he does roll a big double, he can free all his rear checkers at once.
All the other plays are too loose and don’t play to Red’s best game plan which is to race. All moves except bar/21, 6/5 are errors or worse.