2020 - Position 209
Updated: Nov 23, 2020
Money Play. How should Red play 54?
The ultimate pay-me-now, pay-me-later problem. I have seen many such problems over the years and paying later when your opponent has such a strong board is usually correct.
However, Red’s structure is so weak after 6/1, 5/1 that paying now might be correct. If this was Double Match Point 6/1, 5/1 would be tied with 8/4, 8/3. However, the cube is in play and in this version 8/4, 8/3 is best. Why?
Quite simply both plays win the same amount of the time but 8/4, 8/3 wins many more gammons because Red’s bear-off is much faster.
Be honest, did you consider about the gammon factor?